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Monday, August 6, 2018

Plans shaping up for a bigger and better Taste of Annandale

Crowds converge on Tom Davis Drive for the 2017 Taste of Annandale.
The fourth annual Taste of Annandale – just two months away – is shaping up as the best one ever.

The Taste of Annandale 4.0 takes place Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., along Tom Davis Drive in the heart of the community. Most of the street – between Columbia Pike and John Marr Drive – will be closed off. There is no charge to attend.

This family-friendly and pet-friendly street festival features live music and dance, a 5K race, a full program of children’s activities, a pet contest, a chili cook-off pitting the police against firefighters, vendors, a demonstration park – and of course, plenty of food options reflecting the community’s diversity. There will also be some new features to be announced soon.

The Taste of Annandale 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot. More details on this should be released later this week.

The children’s program, hosted by the ACCA Child Development Center on Columbia Pike, will include live shows, costumed characters, games, crafts, and pumpkin patch photos.

Many civic minded businesses and organizations have signed on as Taste of Annandale sponsors.

The Gold Sponsors so far include:
ACCA Child Development Center
Annandale Blog
Annandale Rotary Club
Annandale United Methodist Church,
Audacious Aleworks,
Chicos Natural Pet Market
Couts Group/Coldwell Banker
Korean-American Chamber of Commerce of Virginia
Prestige Dental Specialists

The Silver Sponsors are: Anthem HealthKeepers Plus, Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Burke & Herbert Bank, Congressional School, DBM Wealth Management/Merrill Lynch, the Fairfax Democratic Committee,  Fairfax Radiology, Just Neighbors, McIlvaine Home Team/Keller Williams Realty, The Parliaments Apartment Homes, Pinecrest Golf Course/Fairfax Park Authority, Pinnacle Academy, Power Home Remodeling, PR Performance Fitness, Vistas of Annandale, Westminster School, Windows Plus, Won Trading, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership.

It’s not too late to sign on as a sponsor. Visit the sponsor page on the Taste of Annandale website for details or contact Taste of Annandale Planning Committee chair Bob Kahane, bkahane@cox.net.

The Taste of Annandale is aimed at encouraging community engagement, celebrating Annandale’s diversity, and shining a spotlight on local restaurants, businesses, and nonprofits. The festival is organized by a volunteer group of local stakeholders.

If you’re interested in volunteering, sign up here.

Volunteers are needed to help recruit restaurants and vendors, put up yard signs and posters, help with the 5K and children’s program, and generally ensure things run smoothly at the event.

For more details, visit the Taste of Annandale website (https://tasteofannandale.com) and Taste of Annandale Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TasteAnnandale2017).


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