This Week in Food Events: Virginia Beer Fest, DC Scoop Ice Cream Party

This Week in Food Events: Virginia Beer Fest, DC Scoop Ice Cream Party

The Riggsby turns one: The Riggsby is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Tuesday from 7 to 10 pm with a cocktail party that includes passed hors d’oeuvres and a welcome cocktail in the lounge ($35 per person). An a la carte “throwback” menu is served in the dining room, with specials like stuffed clams and a crown rack of lamb. 

Casablanca garden party: The Picnic Theatre Company is coming to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Pop-Leighey House in Alexandria for a theatre performance of Casablanca on Tuesday at 7 pm. Bring your own blanket and order a Moroccan picnic box from Rick’s Cafe at Mazagan Restaurant. Wine, snacks, and a gin punch will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 to $25.

Beer tasting in Alexandria: Support local brewery Ocelot at this reservation-only tasting at Rustico in Alexandria on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Sample five of Ocelot’s beers, including the first tasting of one of their Double IPAs. Small bites will also accompany the brews ($35 per person).

Oysters and cocktails at the National Building Museum: Hank’s Oyster Bar and The Twisted Horn are serving food and drinks at the new ICEBERGS Late Night: Under The Surface exhibit on Wednesday from 6 to 10 pm. It’s $5 for youth members; $10 for adults; and $13 and $16 for non-members.

Baklava and ice cream: Scoop & Paddle Ice Cream Company makes small-batch ice cream with locally sourced dairy, all served out of a vintage van by “two ladies on a mission.” On Thursday from 5 to 7  pm, you can find the truck at Baklava Couture in Kensington, Maryland, and make a summer treat with sweet layered pastries.

Tiki night at Del Campo: Del Campo continues its rooftop summer series with the return of Tiki Night on Friday from 7 to 10 pm. Guests can partake in a whole roasted pig and an oyster bar while sipping tiki cocktails ($37 for admission and open carving station; $30 optional drink package).* Learn more and buy tickets here.

Belgian restaurant week: Celebrate Belgian food and culture starting on Friday at participating restaurants including Brasserie Beck, Mussel Bar, Belga Café, B Too, Haute Saison Wafel Bar & Catering, and The Sovereign. Dining and drinking specials vary by location, and may include beer, waffles, frites, and more. Belgian Restaurant Week culminates next Thursday, July 21, the 185th annual Belgian National Day. Tickets vary per restaurant; learn more here.

Virginia craft beer festival: Barrel & Bushel in Tysons Corner hosts a craft beer festival featuring more than 50 breweries, which will serve 100+ beers. The event also features live music, food tents, whiskey tastings, and patio games on Saturday from noon to 7 pm. Signature dishes from Barrel & Bushel will be available to order throughout the festival, which takes over the entire Tysons Plaza. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Ice cream factory tour and tasting: In honor or National Ice Cream Month, visit the Moorenko’s Ice Cream Factory in Silver Spring to learn how the summer treat is made on Saturday from 2 to 4 pm. After learning about the process and the industry, you can take home a pint. It’s $30 for the general public, and $25 for members.

The ultimate ice cream social: The annual DC Scoop ice cream fest returns to Union Market on Sunday (a.k.a. National Ice Cream Day) from 1 to 4 pm. Nicecream, Milk Cult, and many more purveyors of frozen deliciousness will be present to offer samples and scoops; admission is free, and treats are priced individually.

Food festival of the Americas: The 18th annual food fest curated by the Organization of Women of the Americas is happening on Sunday from 11 am. to 5 pm at the Organization of American States (OAS). The event features traditional cuisine from Latin America and the Caribbean. While you eat, you can feast your eyes on displays of crafts, music, and dance. General admission is free; donations to associated charities are encouraged.

*Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the ticket price for Del Campo’s Tiki Night. 

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