Weekend Food Events: Late-Night Nat Geo Party, Port City Oktoberfest

Port City Brewing Company offers regular tours and tastings of all that’s on tap. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Bottomless wine (oh, and the election): Chef Michael Ellis of Charlie Palmer Steak DC gets in the campaign spirit with a 10 week-long menu special, “Swing States Cut of the Week.” Each week the restaurant will present a new menu that showcases dishes from electoral states, plus bottomless wine pairings for $58. The special kicks off in Colorado this week; try the lamb shank and other dishes with free-flowing wine, now through Saturday.

Party at National Geographic: Get late-night access to the National Geographic Headquarters on Friday during the Brightest Young Things “Freaks and Greeks” party. The after hours jam is from 8 pm to 12:30 am, fueled by food trucks, flip cup and beer pong, Nat Geo guest speakers, multiple DJs, and an exclusive look at the new museum exhibit, “The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander The Great.Tickets are $25.

Oktoberfest Parking lot Party: Yes, this party is a week early! Port City Brewing Company is celebrating their award winning Oktoberfest brew with a parking lot party on Friday from 2 to 10 pm at the Port City headquarters in Alexandria. There will be live music and food trucks on site, and the tasting room will be open throughout the event. Go here for registration and more information.

Taste of Virginia Dinner: 2941 Restaurant pays homage to Virginia breweries, artisans, and wineries with a “Taste of Virginia” dinner on Sunday from 5 to 8:30 pm.  The $60 meal features three-courses infused with ingredients and beverages from local producers like beer from Port City Brewing Company, and stuffed lamb from EcoFriendly Foods.

Sip and shop at Via Umbria: Italian food market Via Umbria turns two on Saturday and celebrates with an open house “sip and shop” event. From 7 am to 9 pm, guests can enjoy Umbrian snacks, specialty cocktails, and wines for free. Guests will receive ten tickets which can be used to redeem bites like meatballs and porchetta sliders; additional tickets are a $1 a piece.

All-you-can-eat at Hank’s: Hank’s Oyster Bar’s 5th annual Luau is Saturdaywith loads of barbecue and tiki drinks. Hula at Hank’s is an all-you-can-eat feast from 11 am to 3 pm featuring suckling pig, veggie lumpia, salmon dip, pork sliders, and more. Tickets are $75 and include food and six drink tickets towards mai tais, scorpion bowls and punches; additional tickets are available on site.


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