This Week’s Food Events: Toast DC, Masters of Food & Wine, and a Serious Booze Cruise

Plus: beer dinners, a new tasting event in Alexandria, and more barbecue.

By: Anna Spiegel

Clyde's hosts beer and wine dinners at two locations tonight. Photograph by Emily Brown.

A Pair of Pairing Dinners: Clyde’s hosts two beverage events tonight: a six-course beer dinner at Clyde’s of Reston with Star Hill Brewery, and a wine and cheese dinner at the Gallery Place location with varietals from Barboursville Vineyards.

Serious Booze Cruise: The annual Whisky Guild Classic sets sail Thursday at 6 PM aboard the Spirit of Washington, with more than 100 whiskies—including plenty of single malts—for sampling. That’s a lot of whiskey, so be sure to hit up the dinner buffet before you lose your sea legs. Tickets ($95 to $115) are available here.

Toast DC: More than 500 wines will flow at the National Building Museum on Friday during Wine Enthusiast’s Toast of the Town event, and bites from 35 restaurants are an added draw. Purchase tickets ($99 general admission; $149 VIP) online.

New Festival: Alexandria launches a new Food & Wine Festival on Saturday from noon to 5 with a bevy of local restaurants and wineries. Food tickets ($20 for 25) and wine tastings ($10) can be purchased on site.

Slow-Cooked-Meat Showdown: The 20th Annual Safeway Barbecue Battle is going down on Saturday and Sunday along Pennsylvania Avenue, and there will be contests, many meats, and a Chuck Brown tribute band. Order tickets in advance.

Breakfast With the Masters: The Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine series returns on Sunday with a Blue Duck Tavern breakfast at 9 on the restaurant’s patio. The farm-focused menu will include dishes such as Amish eggs and short-rib hash. Then it’s off to Dupont FreshFarm market with chefs Sebastien Archambault and John Melfi for a cooking demo and tour. Call 202-419-6768 for reservations ($55 per person).