Armenian Food Festival: St. Mary Armenian Church is throwing its 68th Annual Armenian Fall Food Festival on Thursday. The festival will last through Sunday, with music and tastes from local vendors. Attendees can try items like homemade lamb and chicken kebabs, Armenian-style green beans, and lentil patties. Admission is free (food and drink priced individually), and times for each day vary.
Chocolate tasting: Ever wonder how chocolate is made? This Thursday at 7 pm, Jason Andelman hosts a workshop at Artisan Confections in Arlington. The course includes a rundown of how the bonbons are made, plus abundant samples. Tickets are $30 and non-refundable.
Let’s go Nats: The Nationals head into the playoffs this weekend on their home turf. We’ve rounded up a list of the best places to eat and drink around the ballpark, so you can fuel up for cheering. Just for the post-season, Budweiser has built a 2,000-foot pop-up bar that opens Friday and Saturday, three hours before game (5:30pm and 4:00pm respectively). Located on First Street SE, the bar will serve 16 oz. Bud Light and Budweiser, as well as peanuts and Cracker Jacks, all for $5 each.
Music and food festival: The All Things Go Fall Classic goes down this Saturday at Yards Park, and brings together big-name bands (Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun) with great local food vendors (Timber Pizza Co, Takorean). Tickets are $75 for general admission.
Historical dining: Go on a culinary journey this Saturday with food historian Dr. William Woyes Weaver at Old Europe Restaurant. Beginning at 1 pm, Weaver will share his latest book that details the traditional foods of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Tickets are $52, and include a three-course buffet with items like chicken and pork schnitzel, apple strudel, bite-size Bavarian-style meatballs.
Ramen pop-up: A Charleston, South Carolina-based ramen pop-up heads to DC on Friday and Saturday. Chef Jeffrey Stoneberger of 2 Nixons teams up with Bryan Voltaggio at Range for a two-night event starring ramen made with local ingredients and izakaya-style snacks. Prices vary; reservations can be made through the restaurant for Friday (4 to 10 pm) and Saturday (8 pm to 2 am).
Taste of DC: The District’s largest food and drink festival goes down this weekend on Saturday from 1 to 8 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Foodies can grab bites from some of DC’s popular restaurants at the festival grounds, which stretch over half a mile along Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwes. More than 60 vendors participate, including Capitol Hill Crab Cakes and District Doughnut. There will also be live entertainment and aBen’s Chili Bowl’s chili eating contest. Tickets range from $10 to $80.
Brooklyn Brewery Mash Tour: It’s coming to DC. The 2016 Mash Tour lands in Washington, Thursday through Sunday, with a full lineup of parties, live music events, food, and of course, lots of beer. Tickets are on sale now.
Whiskey tasting tour: Ivy City’s One Eight Distilling partners with Brian Thompson and Greg Lennon of Whiskey Library for a tasting tour this Sunday at 1 pm. The event features everything in One Eight Distilling’s repertoire, from sold-out distillations to not-yet-released items. The tour is $40 per person. Guests will also receive a Glencairn glass, and learn about the distilling process with food pairings from local DC eateries.