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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, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., along Tom Davis Drive in the heart of Annandale. There will be food from local restaurants and food trucks, live music and dance, a beer garden, a 5K Race, children’s activities and live shows hosted by the ACCA Child Development Centera chili cook-off, a pet contest, 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,

Monarca in Flight at the 2017 Taste of Annandale. [Katie Pope/Images for Good]

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, Fava Pot, 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. 

Entertainment – Performers tentatively scheduled for the 2018 Taste of Annandale include the Blue Book Value Band, Shannon Dunne (Irish dance), Candeias Capoeira, Jake Sizemore (singer), Kofi Dennis & Friends (Djembe drumming),  NOVA Wushu Academy (martial arts), Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe, 7 Step Hand Dance Academy. 

5K Race – The Taste of Annandale 5K Race starts at 9:30 a.m., Oct. 13, in the Kmart parking lot, 4251 John Marr Drive. The course heads along Columbia Pike and through the trails in Mason District Park.

Register hereThe race is certified by USA Track & Field (certificate #17034RT). The entry fee is $25 for runners 15 and over and $15 for younger runners. 

Race day registration is 8:15-9 a.m. and ends promptly at 9. There will be awards for the top three males and females overall and for the fastest runners in several age categories: 9 and under, 10-14, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and up. For more information, contact David Roach, 864-360-3726,

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]
Pet Contest – The Taste of Annandale is pet friendly! If you bring your dog, cat, lizard, ferret, or whatever pet you have decked out in a Halloween costume you could win a prize from Chico’s Natural Pet Market. There are three categories: best overall costume; most creative, handmade pet outfit; and best duo or group, which could be two or pets, an owner and pet dressed in complementary costumes, or a group with at least one pet. 

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 in 2017 for the second year in a row.  

Vendors – 
Annandale Blog, Annandale High School Booster Club, Annandale Rotary Club, Annandale United Methodist Church, Anthem HealthKeepers Plus, Artisans United Craft Gallery, Brain and Body, 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 Park Authority/golf programs, Fairfax County Republican Committee, Fairfax Radiological Consultants, First Fidelity Funding Group, George Mason Regional Library, Grace Christian Academy, Herl’s Bath & Tile Solutions, Just Neighbors, League of Women Voters, Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, Mason District Council, Montessori School of Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus, 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, Wyndham Vacation Ownership.

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

Pet Contest in the Works for the 2018 Taste of Annandale, July 31, 2018

Release the Craycken joins Taste of Annandale, June 19, 2018

Taste of Annandale to Feature 'Demonstration Park, July 12, 2018

Save the Date: the 4th Taste of Annandale is Oct. 13, Feb. 27, 2018

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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