By all accounts, the fifth annual Taste of Annandale yesterday was a big success, drawing thousands of people reflecting the diverse cultures of Annandale.
It’s impossible to know how many people showed up, as there was no main entrance and people came and went throughout the day. What we can say, though, is that it was so crowded at times it was difficult to walk without bumping into anyone.
|Monarca in Flight|
There were more food options, sponsors, vendors, and more participants in the 5K race than at any previous Taste of Annandale. The beer garden and children’s playground were full all day. The entertainment and best-dressed pet contest drew big crowds.
|Racers line up for the start of the Taste of Annandale 5K.|
Families also enjoyed the free dental clinic, police helicopter, law enforcement and public safety displays, and hands-on activities in the Annandale Pop-Up Park.
The Taste of Annandale was a joint effort of the all-volunteer Annandale Roundtable, Fairfax County Police Department, Department of Community and Neighborhood Services, the ACCA Child Development Center, and Fairfax County Communities of Trust Committee.
Lots of photos will eventually be posted on the Taste of Annandale website and Facebook page. Meanwhile, here are a few more scenes from the festival:
|The Nanuri Dance Company gets the audience to join in.|
|The Mason Police Station won the chili cook-off, beating the Annandale Fire Station. The winning chili chef is Pfc. M. Nocchiero (left) with Pfc. K. Woodward.|
|One of the canine models in the Best-Dressed Pet Contest sponsored by Chico's Natural Pet Market.|
|The beer garden was crowded all day.|
|El Fuego, one of the many popular food trucks at the Taste of Annandale.|
|The police helicopter touched down on the field behind the fire station.|
|La Decana presents dances from Peru.|
|For the first time, the children's activities were all outdoors.|
|Traditional Korean percussion music presented by Sunsook Lee.|
|The winners of the 5K.|