The Week in Food Events: Capitol City Beer Festival, Georgetown French Market

The Week in Food Events: Capitol City Beer Festival, Georgetown French Market
Capitol City Brewing hosts its annual beer-fest in Shirlington. Photograph via Capitol City Facebook.

Goodbye Crane & Turtle, hello pop-ups: Petworth’s French-Japanese bistro Crane & Turtle closed on April 23, but you can still enjoy the restaurant during Passion Project Pop-Up Week from Tuesday to Sunday. Look for different events like the Mona Moon prix-fixe seasonal dinner on Tuesday, a patio wine tasting on Wednesday, and sake tasting on Saturday and Sunday. The various pop-ups are priced and timed differently, so check the site for more details. 

Catoctin Creek whisky hour: Black’s Bar and Kitchen and Republic Restaurant are partnering for a whisky-focused happy hour on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted at Black’s the event will feature whisky cocktails, a white whisky punch, and snacks such as orange-glazed pork belly with banana ketchup, BBQ-roasted oysters, and maple-cured duck breast. Tickets are $75.

Dining out for life: On Thursday, more than 65 restaurants around the Washington area are donating 25 to 110 percent of their proceeds to Food & Friends, a local charity that delivers meals to children and adults with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. The list of participating restaurants includes All Set Restaurant & Bar, Brookland’s Finest, Compass Rose, Alero, Beau Thai, Comet Ping Pong, Hank’s Oyster Bar, and many more.

Jazzfest: The New Orleans-style restaurant Bayou in Foggy Bottom hosts two jazz bands this weekend in honor of New Orleans Jazzfest. Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band takes the Bayou stage on Friday at 10:30 pm, and Viva La Hop, a hip-hop crew with roots in funk and jazz, goes on at the same time on Saturday. Drink specials include $6 hurricanes before 10 pm. Tickets available here.

Georgetown French Market: This 13th annual Georgetown tradition evokes Paris’ outdoor markets with French fare like crepes, grilled merguez sausages, and macarons, alongside plenty of opportunities to shop for antiques, jewelry, and other trinkets. Head to Wisconsin Avenue between P Street and Reservoir Road Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.

Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival: Along with bluegrass and folk tunes, the all-day Saturday festival offers kayaking in the Kingman Lagoon, motorboat rides along the Anacostia River, food truck fare from Big Cheese, Feelin’ Crabby, Halal Grill, BBQ Bus, and more, and beer from Atlas Brew Works and Sierra Nevada. Tickets are $25, which doesn’t include food or drinks.

Crawfish for a cause: Georgetown’s Pinstripes hosts the 4th annual crawfish boil benefiting theMultiple Myeloma Research Foundation on Saturday from 11 am to 4 p.m. Crack open unlimited crawfish, beer, and wine while you listen to local band White Ford Bronco. Tickets are $90.

Capitol City beer festival: Capitol City Brewing Company’s Mid-Atlantic beer festival goes down on Saturday from noon to 7 pm at the Shirlington location. Fest-goers sample four-ounce brews from more than 35 local breweries, and pad the stomach from food vendors like Aladdin’s, Bonsai, and Guapo’s. Tickets are $30 at the door.

MasterChef casting call: Always wanted to be on a competitive cooking show? Here’s your chance: Gordon Ramsay’s MasterChef  hosts an open-call for season eight at the Melrose Georgetown Hotel from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday. You have to bring one prepared dish, which you’ll only have three minutes to plate and serve to the judges. Register here.

Greek Easter: Greek Orthodox Easter lands on Sunday, and chef Mike Isabella is celebrating at Kapnos Taverna in Arlington. The restaurant hosts a mini=festival from noon to 3 pm with spit-roasted lamb, Greek spreads, live Greek music and Mediterranean wines. Get your $70 ticket here.

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