The Week in Food Events: Tour de Fat, Taste of Georgetown, and Veuve Clicquot in a Trailer
Plus: Pilates at Poste and an urban foraging class for the supermarket-averse.
Gingery beer: If you’ve ever wished ginger beer actually had some alcohol in it, head to the Queen Vic on Thursday for specials on Crabbie’s, a boozy British riff on the ginger soda. You’ll find it on the rocks for $4, and in a version of the rum-based Dark and Stormy for $5.
Veuve hits the road: Champagne in a trailer? Why not? Veuve Clicquot decked out an Airstream for a national tour, and the bubbly wagon arrives in Washington this Thursday. You’ll find it parked at the Dupont Circle Hotel from 5 to 10 selling Champagne by the glass and bottle. Other local stops include the W Hotel on Friday from 5 to 10 and Lemongrass in Annapolis on Saturday from 1 to 5.
Pilates and bubbly: The Pilates on the Patio class returns to Poste at 10 on Saturday. Guests participate in a 45-minute course on the restaurant’s patio, followed by a glass of sparkling wine and an optional healthy breakfast with dishes such as a granola parfait and chicken paillard. Online registration is $24, and doesn’t include breakfast.
Taste of Georgetown: The annual Taste of Georgetown festival marks its 20th year on Saturday with a celebration along Wisconsin Avenue from 11 to 4. You’ll find bites from 30 eateries, including 1789 and Georgetown Cupcake, a beer and wine pavilion, live music, and family-friendly activities. Tickets are $5 per taste or $20 for five, and can be purchased in advance online. (Separate wine and beer tickets are also available.)
Find your food: Curious about the urban foraging trend? Then head to the Hill Center on Saturday for a food-finding trek around Capitol Hill and a cooking class from 9 to 1; edibles expert Dr. Bill Schindler instructs. After you’ve hunted naturally grown accents for the meal, sit down to dishes such as roasted marrow bones with wild greens salad and foraged pesto. Registration ($75 per person) is available online.
Bikes and beers: Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing hosts the annual Tour de Fat, returning to Yards Park on Saturday from 11 to 5. The festivities kick off with a costumed bicycle ride through the streets, followed by live music, kids’ activities, beer-friendly eats, and a selection of brews from the host producer including Fat Tire and seasonal Rolle Bolle. Admission is free, with proceeds from beer and merchandise sales going towards bike-centric organizations around Washington.
Hot dogs and real dogs: Vinoteca starts a weeklong promotion on Sunday benefiting City Dogs Rescue with a grill-out from 3 to 8. Those in the market for a pooch will find dogs available for adoption on the restaurant’s front patio. Out on the back plaza, a $10 donation gets you happy hour deals all night; there’s also a charity bocce tournament. A dollar from every purchase of a house-made hot dog and “dog days of summer” punch will also go to the organization all week.
Ancient oils: Al Dente partners with a specialty Tuscan olive oil importer on Sunday for a five-course dinner based around oils from one of the oldest presses in the region. The meal begins at 6, and is $70 (including wine pairings).
’Cue up: Alexandria’s Union Street Public House hosts an all-you-can-eat Southern-style barbecue on Sunday from 11 to 7 for $20. The spread includes a variety of pork dishes, sides such as slaw and biscuits, desserts, and a special drink menu.
Food truck fight: Washington’s food trucks get ready to battle the Baltimore fleet at the Taste of Two Cities event at Charm City’s Rash Field on Saturday from noon to 9. Sample from a whole range of vendors from both cities and vote for your favorite. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door; kids under 12 enter for free.