5 Weekend Food Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Ease into the weekend with an extra-happy doggy happy hour at Bardo. Photograph via Facebook

Happy hour (with dogs!): Bardo Brewpub turns their outdoor beer garden into a dog park on Thursday from 6 to 9 pm. Thanks to pet store Metro Mutts, you can let your puppy roam off-leash and make new furry friends, while you checkout “yappy hour” beer specials.

Discover the foods of Sardinia: Italian grocer Via Umbria is offering a Sardinian-inspired dinner series in their Georgetown shop. On Friday diners can enjoy a four-course Italian dinner with choices ranging from roast suckling pig to seafood. The dinner is $65 per person and begins at 7 pm. The cost doesn’t include wine, but bottles and glasses can be purchased separately. Make reservations here.

Jerky Fest: REI hosts its first Jerky Fest on Saturday from 12 to 4 pm at Wunder Garten. Attendees can choose from over 25 different jerky flavors provided by vendors from all over the nation. There’s also beer and other food items, if artisanal jerky doesn’t satisfy your cravings. Jerky lovers can also expect live bluegrass music. No registration is required to attend, and the event is free.

Blackberry fest: Shenandoah National Park is home to blackberries that ripen mid-summer. Try the peak fruits at the annual Blackberry Delight festival, where local chefs create blackberry-infused meals for the whole family to enjoy alongside beer and wine tastings. From 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, adults and kids can enjoy live music, pony rides, crafts, and all the blackberry treats.

Pisco happy hour: Celebrate National Pisco Day on Sunday at José Andrés’s China Chilcano with $5 cocktails and small plate tastings. The Peruvian restaurant partnered with pisco producers Macchu Pisco and Soldeica Quebranta to host a “pisco hour” from 3 to 6 pm in the marketplace bar. Cocktail demonstrations and chef-recommended pisco pairings will be offered, such as sour cherry pisco cocktails with spicy tuna rolls.


Briana A. Thomas is a local journalist, historian, and tour guide who specializes in the research of D.C. history and culture. She is the author of the Black history book, Black Broadway in Washington, D.C., a story that was first published in Washingtonian in 2016.