The Week in Food Events: More Oktoberfest Parties, Taste of Bethesda, and the Final Truckeroo

Plus a salami-making class from Cured DC.

Catch it while you can: Head to the season’s final Truckeroo food truck festival on Friday. Photograph by Kyle Gustafson.

José Andrés-style road trip: Though we’d love to see Andrés at a drive-through McDonald’s,
Zaytinya’s dinner is more of a metaphorical journey. ThinkFoodGroup’s wine director,
Lucas Payá, and Zaytinya’s beverage manager,
Daniella Senior, recently traveled through Greece, and share their favorite wines during a five-course
dinner on
Monday starting at 7:15 ($65 per person).

More steins:
Bar Dupont gets in the Oktoberfest game this week, going Germanic through Sunday. Expect live music and traditional beers
and eats from noon to close.

Insider’s look: Get an insider’s perspective of the restaurant business during the
Industree Speaker Series, which brings together experts
in the field to discuss a variety of timely topics. Up this
Wednesday: the business of booze, held from 5 to 7:30 at
Jack Rose.
General admission tickets are $45.

Make meats:
Christopher Johnson, the meat man behind Cured DC, teams up with the
Arcadia Center on
Thursday for a master class on making
your own salami. From 7 to 9 at his workshop, you’ll make your own charcuterie and
then pick it up after six weeks of curing. Tickets are $90, and space is limited,
so book soon.

Farewell, Truckeroo: The final
Truckeroo of the season happens
Friday at the
Bullpen from 11 to 11. Expect the usual: more than 20 trucks dishing up street fare, cold
beers, live music, cornhole, and more.

Bethesdian festival: The 24th annual
Taste of Bethesda food festival goes down this
Saturday from 11 to 4 in Bethesda’s
Woodmont Triangle. Tickets are sold in bundles of four for $5, which buy you tastes from a variety
of area restaurants. You’ll also find
live entertainment and family-friendly activities.

Caribbean festival: The
Caribbean Festival happens
Saturday at Rockville’s
Pike Central Farm Market. Head over from 9 to 2 for live reggae and plenty of island-style eats.

Washington-style Oktoberfest: Oktoberfest takes a local bent at the Arlington branch of
Capitol City Brewing Company,
which releases two new seasonal brews on
Saturday during its annual festival—Smoketoberfest and Dr. Punkinstein—as well as the usual
Oktoberfest lager. The big party in
Shirlington Village runs from noon to 7, with samples from 50 breweries, sausages, pretzels, live entertainment,
and more. Entrance is $25 and includes ten drink tickets (additional tickets available
for $1).

Breast Cancer Bites: The chef-filled benefit for the George Washington
Mobile Mammography Unit returns, lead by the Source’s

Scott Drewno. Head to Aristphere in Arlington on Sunday from noon to 3 for an afternoon of grazing on treats from restaurants
like the Red Hen,
Taco Bamba,
and more. You’ll also sip 3 Stars Brewing Company beers, down cocktails and Bloody
Marys, and listen to tunes from 94.7 Fresh FM radio host
Tommy McFly. Tickets are $40, with all proceeds going towards charity.

Italian harvest dinner: Say
ciao to fall with a harvest dinner from chef
Roberto Donna’s native Piedmont region at
Al Dente on
Sunday, starting at 6. Autumnal dishes such as agnolotti with butter and sage are paired
with wines from the same area. The meal is $75 per person, and reservations are required.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.