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Photos From Washingtonian’s Taste of Georgetown

Foodies from near and far braved the rain to experience the 23rd annual Taste of Georgetown on Saturday, October 1st. Thousands of attendees enjoyed an eclectic offering of delicious dishes from over 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants. While strolling the historic streets, guests also shopped at several local retailers and sipped on beers from Georgetown local Pizzeria Paradiso and wine from Great Frogs Winery.

DC-bred 90’s cover band, White Ford Bronco, kept guests of all ages dancing and singing along throughout the day with their high-energy performance. For additional entertainment, attendees enjoyed lawn games and a Kid’s Corner with face painting and balloon animals.

Guests gathered around the stage to cheer on participants at the annual eating contest, which was emceed by “The Tommy Show”‘s Tommy McFLY, Kelly Collis, and Jen Richer. The three contests included a giant macaron from Olivia Macaron, a powdered doughnut on a string from District Doughnut, and a giant bowl of spaghetti from Ristorante Piccolo.

At the end of the event, Washingtonian food critics Anna Spiegel and Jessica Sidman announced award winners. Rí Rá Irish Pub took home the award for “Best Catch of the Sea”. District Doughnut walked away with the award for “Best Dessert”. The Sovereign won the award for “Carnivore Champion Dish”. 1789 Restaurant was awarded the “Best in Show’ title.

Washingtonian partnered with the Georgetown Business Improvement District to put on the event which benefits the Georgetown Ministry Center‘s services supporting the homeless.

Thank you to our sponsors: AllState, Eye Doctors of WashingtonBritish International School of Washington, StateFarm, GrubHub, United Bank, Lyft, Georgetown University, DC Workspaces, Mangia DC Food Tours, National Holistic Healing Center, Kumra Orthodontics, Foley & Lardner, SpotHero, and Pepsi.

Thank you to our partners: White Ford Bronco, DGS Create, Pizzeria Paradiso, and Great Frogs Winery.

Thank you to our retailers: Reddz Trading, Mizani Fitness, Ofori Bowties, Ella Rue, and Salon L’eau.

Thank you to our participating restaurants: 1789 Restaurant, Baked & Wired, Bangkok Joe’s, Bodega, Cafe Bonaparte, Chaia, Clyde’s of Georgetown, Degrees, District Doughnut, Dog Tag Bakery, Georgetown Cupcake, Grace Street Coffee, I-Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bar, J. Paul’s Georgetown, Malmaison, Martin’s Tavern, Maxime, Morton’s Steakhouse, Old Glory BBQ, Olivia Macaron, Paolo’s Ristorante, PinstripesRí Rá Irish Pub, Ristorante Piccolo, Simit & Smith, Sprinkles, Sweetgreen, The Graham, Sea Catch Restaurant, The Sovereign, Thunder Burger, Tony & Joe’s, and Via Umbria.

All photos by Sam Kittner.

Old Glory BBQ attracted hungry guests with their smoked ribs, potatoes, and vegetables.
Wendy Stahal and Courtney Vessels enjoy a heaping helping of Bodega’s paella.
United Bank representatives show off their custom Koozies for thirsty attendees.
Ri Ra Irish Pub’s Executive Chef Gabriel Torres tosses hand cut chips for their fish & chips dish
Mizani Fitness instructors taught a “Barre at the Bar” class
Kelly Hamill scores big in corn hole in the Pizzeria Paradiso beer garden
Washingtonian’s Executive Food Editor/Critic Anna Spiegel announced the annual food critic awards on stage
Washingtonian’s Rebecca McFarland with her son Graham
Tommy McFly and Jen Richer from “The Tommy Show” emceed the three eating contests
Justin Gooding celebrates his victory at the giant macaron eating contest sponsored by Olivia Macaron
Katherine Stinson samples sushi rolls from I-Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Via Umbria strikes a pose and tells guests to “Porchetta Bout It!”
Chef Samuel Kim of 1789 Restaurant took home the award for “Best in Show”
Cyrus Kowkabi of Ristorante Piccolo, left, took home the prize at the doughnut eating contest sponsored by District Doughnut
Guests braved the rain to enjoy tastes, sips, and live music
Uwe Stahal and Tamara Herbst enjoy pork sliders
Will Hand smiles with his award for “Best Dessert” for his restaurant District Doughnut
White Ford Bronco kept the crowd singing and dancing all day with their 90’s hits
Mandy Rego, playing giant connect four with her Mother, Sakuna Rego
The Sovereign accepted their award for “Carnivore Champion Dish” presented by Washingtonian’s Food Editor Jessica Sidman
Washingtonian’s Erica Andrew and Sydney MaHan were two of many volunteers at the event
Eye Doctors of Washington raffled off a chance to win free Lasik at their booth
Contestants looked hesitant after seeing the giant bowl of spaghetti that Ristorante Piccolo provided for the final eating contest
Michael Gweenwald celebrates his pasta victory by kissing his girlfriend, Andrea Cooper
Lyft representatives handed out fuzzy pink mustaches and provided a discount code for guests
Caroline Mc’Donald, Kerry Quarantello, Devin Cornelius and Harrison Katz cheers with beer sponsored by Pizzeria Paradiso and wine sponsored by Great Frogs Winery
Lizzie Burgoyne and Emma Hart enjoy face painting and balloon animals
Allstate Representatives greeted guests with smiles and swag bags
Kristie Whyte and Sean Stockley sample ribs
Ri Ra Irish Pub took home the award for “Best Catch of the Sea”
Georgetown Bid Events Director, Debbie Young, flashes a smile at the ticket booth