The Week in Food Events: A Taco Pool Party and Chesapeake Crab Festival

Plus a limited-edition barbecue burger from Shake Shack.

The pork barbecue-topped Roker Burger at Shake Shack. Photograph courtesy of Shake Shack

More restaurant week: Alexandria Restaurant Week is still going on, now through Sunday. More than 50 Virginia eateries enter in the promotion with a range of offers, including $35 three-course dinners, $35 dinners for two, and lunches that range from $10 to $20 per person. Check the website for the full lineup of participants.

Shack special: Shake Shack has teamed up with another high-profile fan for a special patty: the Roker Burger, designed by the Today Show’s Al Roker. Head to any DC-area locations (except Nationals Park), now through Friday, for an Angus burger topped with Niman Ranch pulled pork, double American cheese, red-eye mayo, and pickles ($7.49).

Eat for a cause: On Tuesday, IHOP restaurants nationwide–including the Columbia Heights location–will offer short stacks of pancakes for $1 to benefit No Kid Hungry. The fundraiser is from 7 am to 7 pm.

Rooftop Taco Party: Art and Soul at the Liaison Capitol Hill is throwing a pool party on Friday from 5 to 10 pm. Chef Douglas Alexander and DC Brau are teaming up for a taco pop-up on the rooftop with music and swimming. The special menu includes a combination of three tacos, an unlimited toppings bar, chips and guacamole, and margaritas. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased here.

Wine class: Aspiring oenophiles can head to a tasting class on Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Capital Wine School. Guests will sample eight different styles of wines during this introductory course, which covers producing methods and tips for storing and pairing. Tickets are $75.

Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival: The seventh annual Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival is on Saturday at the National Harbor in Maryland. The all-you-can-taste event is family-friendly, with live music, over 50 beers and wines, arts and craft stations, and over 60,000 crabs for the picking. Sides like corn on the cob, slaw, and chips are also included in your crab feast ticket, which allows foodies a chance to eat as many crabs as they want during the four-hour event. There are two sessions, 11 am to 3 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm, and tickets range from $29 to $119.

Barbecue bash: Hank’s Oyster Bar hosts the third annual all-you-can-eat barbecue and beer fest on Sunday. The Capitol Hill party features bites like fried chicken, pimento grilled cheese, stuffed oysters. and smoked cauliflower along with unlimited craft beers on tap. The tickets are $70 and there are two party options” 11 am to 3 pm, or 4 pm to 8 pm.