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Taste of Annandale

Crowds descend on Tom Davis Drive for the third Taste Oct. 14, 2017.
The fourth Taste of Annandale will be on Saturday, Oct. 13 along Tom Davis Drive in the heart of Annandale. There will be food from local restaurants and food trucks, live music and dance, a 5K Race, children’s activities and live shows hosted by the ACCA Child Development Center, a chili cook-off, a pet competition, and more.

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

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,

Food – Food vendors who appeared at the 2017 Taste of Annandale included the ACCA Child Development Center, American Legion Bicentennial Post 1976, Annandale High School Culinary Arts Department, Baja Bistro Fresh Mex Grille, Casero Creations, DC Doner, El Fuego, Los Wingees, Honey PigPho WheelsPhoenecia Resto & LoungePoké-Man Food Truck, Tapas, Taste of Korea, and Wong Trading.

Monarca in Flight [Katie Pope/Images for Good]
Entertainment – These groups performed at the 2017 Taste of Annandale: Blue Book Value BandMonarca in Flight, the Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble, the “7” Step Hand Dance Academy, Lees Hapmudo Martial Arts, Salay Por Siempre, Tamure AtaataUkulele Hui, and Eagle TaeKwonDo Academy. The festival ended with a Han Couture Fashion Show presented by the Chinese Culture Institute.

5K Race – More than 75 people competed in the Taste of Annandale 5K Race Oct. 14. The fastest runner was Mark Naylor, whose official time, recorded by Commonwealth Timing, was 19:51:77. Amy Servas won first place among females, with a time of 24:21:84. Among male racers, Kyle Grimsley came in second, and Jose Sejas was third. The second and third-place female runners were, respectively, Meriem Bacha and Erin Donovan.

The Taste of Annandale 5K Race is certified by USA Track & Field (#2027). The race started and ended in the Kmart parking lot on John Marr Drive. The course headed down Columbia Pike and through the trails in Mason District Park.

Children’s Corner – The  ACCA Child Development Center hosted a variety of children’s activities at the 2017 festival, including a “Dino Babies” show by Dinorock Productions, two Mad Science shows, the band Marsha and the Positrons, dancing with a DJ, stories, face painting, book distribution, crafts, role-playing games, an environmental film, photos in a pumpkin patch, and costumed characters from “Paw Patrol.”

The chili cook-off trophy goes to the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department. [Nazrawit Tamrat/Images for Good]
Chili Cook-off – Taste of Annandale attendees voted for the best chili cooks: the Mason Police District vs. the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department. The AVFD won for the second year in a row.  

Pet Contest – About a dozen dressed-up dogs competed for prizes in a pet contest sponsored by Chico’s Natural Pet Market.

Sponsors – The Title Sponsors are BB&T Bank (4401 Backlick Road, Annandale), Bill Page Toyota (2923 Annandale Road, Falls Church), and Page Chevrolet (6500 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria).

Vendors – These companies and organizations participated in the 2017 Taste of Annandale: Annandale High School Booster Club, Annandale High School PTSA, Art of Problem Solving Academy, BB&T Bank, Brain and Body, Chico’s Natural Pet Market, Dutko and Ragen Homes Investments and Keller Williams Realty, Fairfax County Democratic Committee, Greta Hackfeld, Little River United Church of Christ, LLR Rhonda Brundrett LLC, Mason District Little League, Mason District Republicans, Northern Virginia Beekeepers Association, Northern Virginia Community College, One Virginia 2021 Foundation, Pinecrest School, PR Performance Fitness, Prince William Home Improvement, Quality Services LLC, Ravensworth Baptist Church, Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís, and Virginia Oral, Facial and Implant Surgery.

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.

Photo by Kevin Krisco/Images for Good
Articles about the Taste of Annandale events and sponsors

Restaurants, Entertainers Line Up for the Taste of AnnandaleFairfax Times, Oct. 6, 2017

Taste of Annandale: A Day of Festivities to Celebrate Diversity, Annandale High School Newspaper, A-Blast, Oct. 4, 2017

Annandale Resident Wins the Scavenger Hunt, Oct. 18, 2017.

'Lucky' Lucks Out at the Taste of Annandale Pet Contest, Oct. 17, 2017

Mark Naylor and Amy Servas Nab First Place in the Taste of Annandale 5K, Oct. 16, 2017

The Taste of Annandale: That was Fun!, Oct. 15, 2017

Traditional Chinese Fashions Showcased at Taste of Annandale, Oct. 11, 2017.

The Taste of Annandale is One of Many Projects Supported by the Annandale Rotary Club, Oct. 2, 2017.

Check Out the Honey Pig at the Taste of Annandale, Sept. 19, 2017.

Annandale Attorney Helps Desperate Women Attain Asylum in the U.S., Sept. 16, 2017

Bill Page Chervolet and Page Toyota Join the Taste of Annandale as Title Sponsors, Aug. 16, 2017.

BB&T Bank Signs on as a Title Sponsor of the Taste of Annandale, July 31, 2017.

Taste of Annandale Draws Large Crowd, Oct. 2, 2016.

The First-Ever Taste of Annandale is Happening This Saturday,“Let’s Talk Live,” News Channel 8, June 10, 2015.

Taste of Annandale: A Celebration of Diversity, Annandale Blog, June 16, 2015

Crowds Descend on Annandale for First Taste Festival, Annandale Blog, June 14, 2015

First Taste of Annandale Aims to Build Community, Fairfax Times, June 3, 2015 

Taste of Annandale, Annandale High School Newspaper, A-Blast, June 11, 2015 

 Photo Montage: First Annual Taste of Annandale, Festival DC, June 14, 2015

Taste of Annandale Just Three Days Away, Annandale Blog, June 10, 2015 

Taste of Annandale - FAQs, Annandale Blog, June 12, 2015 

Taste of Annandale Features Variety of Entertainment, Annandale Blog, May 22, 2015

More Sponsors, Vendors Join Taste of Annandale, Annandale Blog, May 21, 2015 

Taste of Annandale Opens with 5K Diamond Dash, Annandale Blog, May 18, 2015

Inaugural Taste of Annandale Slated for June 13, Falls Church News-Press, April 17, 2015 

Taste of Annandale Gains Widespread Community Support, Annandale Blog, April 17, 2015 

Local Businesses, Restaurants Sign Up for Taste of Annandale, Annandale Blog, April 7, 2015

NVCC Offers Lots of Flexible Options for Working Adults, Annandale Blog, May 31, 2015

Lambros Goldsmiths: Bringing Beauty to Annandale for Nearly 30 Years, Annandale Blog, April 28, 2015

Community Involvement is a Priority for Burke & Herbert Bank, Annandale Blog, June 11, 2015

Annandale Rotary Club is All About Community Service, Annandale Blog, May 22, 2015 

Duck Chang's: 40 Years in Annandale, Annandale Blog, April 10, 2015

The Parliaments: More Like a Community Than Just an Apartment Complex, Annandale Blog, May 4, 2015 

New Fitness Center Opens in Annandale, Annandale Blog, June 15, 2015

Hamni Bank Opens in Annandale, Annandale Blog, Sept. 11, 2014

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