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Taste of Annandale





The hugely successful, fourth annual Taste of Annandale drew some 5,500 people to Tom Davis Drive Saturday, Oct. 13, for food, live entertainment, a 5K Race, children's performances and activities, a best-dressed pet contest, a chili cook-off, and more. 

New features for 2018 included a beer garden, demonstration park, photo booth, and police helicopter.

The purpose of the Taste of Annandale is to encourage community engagement, celebrate Annandale's diversity, shine a spotlight on businesses and organizations, and raise funds for a youth art initiative.  



Sponsors 

The Gold Sponsors include the ACCA Child Development Center, Annandale Blog, Annandale Rotary Club, Annandale United Methodist Church, Audacious AleworksBurke & Herbert Bank, Center for Dentofacial AestheticsChico's Natural Pet MarketCouts Group/Coldwell Banker, Heartland Home FoodsHerls Bath & Tile Solutions, HHH Landmark Inc. the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce of Virginia, and Won Trading.



The Silver Sponsors are: Annandale Ob-Gyn, Anthem HealthKeepers Plus, Asian American Chamber of Commerce, AT&T Mobility
Congressional School, Connors Construction Co., DBM Wealth Management/Merrill Lynch, Fairfax County Democratic Committee, Fairfax County Republican CommitteeFairfax Radiological Consultants PC, First Fidelity Funding Group, Just NeighborsMcIlvaine Home Team/Keller Williams Realty, The Parliaments Apartment HomesPinecrest Golf Course/Fairfax Park Authority, Pinnacle AcademyPower Home Remodeling, PR Performance Fitness, Van Dorn Diner, Vistas of AnnandaleWindows Plus, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership.


Food – Food vendors appearing at the 2018 Taste of Annandale include the ACCA Child Development Center, Ada’s Kitchen on Wheels, American Legion Bicentennial Post 1976, Annandale High School Culinary Arts Department, Annandale High School PTSA (farmers' market), Audacious AleworksBawadi Mediterranean GrillCascade Beverage, El Fuego, Fresh Off the Truck, Gong Cha, Kabobistan, Mulan Dumpling, Orient Bowl, Pho Wheels, Release the Craycken, Smoke Stack’s House of BBQ, Tapas food truck, and Tuk-Tuk Kitchen.  



Entertainment – Performers included the Blue Book Value Band, Annandale High School jazz band and improv group, Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe, Candeias Capoeira, Kofi Dennis & Friends, Helen Yamada and Family, a Han Chinese Fashion Show and peacock dance presented by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Rung's Kung Fu, and the 7 Step Hand Dance Academy. 

5K Race – The Taste of Annandale 5K Race attracted more than 130 runners. The overall winner was Mark Naylor, 35, of Annandale, with a clock time of 18:11.9. The The top female runner was Rachel Kuprenas, 25, of Annandale, with a clock time of 20:10.3. See the full results here.


Children’s Program – The  ACCA Child Development Center hosted a variety of children’s activities at the 2018 Taste of Annandale, including a puppet show from Dinorock Productions, Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Starts, life-size Paw Patrol and superhero characters, health-related screenings and activities, dancing with a DJ, stories, games, face painting, and  photos in a pumpkin patch. 

Pet Contest – Dozens of dogs competed in the best-dressed pet contest sponsored by Chico’s Natural Pet Market. See photos of the winners and many contestant here.



Vendors – Annandale Blog, Annandale High School Booster Club, Annandale Rotary Club, Annandale United Methodist Church, Anthem HealthKeepers Plus, Artisans United Craft Gallery, Boat People SOS, Burke & Herbert Bank, Center for Dentofacial Aesthetics, Chico’s Natural Pet Market, Congressional School, Connor’s Properties, the Couts Group/Coldwell Banker, DBM Wealth Management/Merrill Lynch, Fairfax County Democratic Committee, Fairfax County Republican Committee, Fairfax Radiological Consultants, First Fidelity Funding Group, George Mason Regional Library, Golf Fairfax, Grace Christian Academy, Herl’s Bath & Tile Solutions, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Just Neighbors, League of Women Voters, Lilia Garcia, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, Montessori School of Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia Beekeepers Association, Northern Virginia Community College, One Virginia 2021 Foundation, Origami Owl, the Parliaments Apartment Homes, Pinnacle Academy, PR Performance Fitness, Pincecrest School, Power Home Remodeling, Ravensworth Baptist Church, ShelterBox USA, Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís, Steve McIlvaine/Keller Williams Realty, Vistas of Annandale, Westminster School, Windows Plus, Won Trading, and Wyndham Vacation Ownership.

From the left: FCPS Region 2 Assistant Superintendent Fabio Zuluaga; Annandale High School Principal Tim Thomas; at-large school board member Karen Keys-Gamarra; at-large school board member Ilryong Moon; Mason school board member Sandy Evans; state Sen. Dick Saslaw; Capt. Brooke Wright, commander of the Mason Police District; Fairfax County Executive Bryan Hill; Board of Supervisors chair Sharon Bulova; Rep. Gerry Connolly; Mason Supervisor Penny Gross; and Major Chantel Cochrane of the Fairfax County Police Department.
The Taste of Annandale is organized by the Annandale Roundtable, a group of private/public stakeholders and community residents. For more information on how the idea for the Taste of Annandale evolved, click here.

If you're interested in being a sponsor, food vendor, or other vendor at the fourth Taste of Annandale, contact Bob Kahane, Taste of Annandale Planning Committee chair, bkahane@cox.net.



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