The Week in Food Events: The Emporiyum, On the Rocks Whiskey Festival

Eat away the stress of Election Day all week

Join Washingtonian at On the Rocks whiskey festival.

Election night specials: Planning to watch the election results from a bar instead of your couch? There’s no shortage of local restaurants and bars screening the debate on Tuesday night. Plus, many of them are extending their happy hour or slashing their prices on select food and drinks. Check out our full list of specials.

Champagne problems: Get buzzed on bubbly at the inaugural DC Champagne Week’s “Grand Tasting” on Wednesday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Guests can enjoy passed canapés and champagne from 10 different producers. David White, the author of But First, Champagne will also be present for book signings. General admission tickets cost $80; click here to purchase one.

Drink more whiskey: Join Washingtonian at Long View Gallery on Thursday from 7 pm to 10 pm for On the Rocks, our fifth annual whiskey festival. In addition to fine bourbon and Scotch, guests can try vodka, gin, and tequila from a variety of producers, and pad the stomach with snacks from Heirloom Catering. Tickets are $65 per person.

Star chef battle: Capital Food Fight returns to the Ronald Reagan Building on Thursday with an all-star team of chefs on stage–Jose Andres, Duff Goldman, Michael Voltaggio–as well as over 75 restaurant participants dishing up eats and drinks. The fundraiser for D.C. Central Kitchen is always one of the biggest foodie events of DC’s culinary calendar. General admission tickets are $250 per person.

Pie with a purpose: If you work downtown, consider stopping by Farragut Square on Thursday between 11:30 am and 2 pm for a community Pie Day. Volunteers for the charity Food & Friends will be there to give out free samples of delicious pies and spread awareness of their cause. Click here for more information.

Veterans Day specials: Restaurants across the city are celebrating veterans on Friday with a variety of discounts. Le Diplomate is offering those with a valid military ID a complementary “Burger Américain,” which Zagat recently named one of the best burgers in America. Provision No. 14 and Bonfire are also taking 50% off the check for veterans.

The Emporiyum: The pop-up foodie marketplace returns to Union Market on Saturday and Sunday, with a national lineup of local and craft vendors like Momofuku Milk Bar, Charleston Spice Company, Green Hat Gin, and many, many more. Shop, eat, sample, and prepare to leave with a bunch of goodies. Tickets range from $15 to $25; food and drink are sold separately.

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Maxine is an editorial fellow passionate about covering food, news, and politics. Her work has also been published in Forbes, Marie Claire, and Inside Higher Ed. She recently graduated from Brown University with honors in nonfiction writing.