7 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend

Cherry Blast, Salo Series, and an anniversary party at the Lincoln

Food, music and open bar await guests at Cherry Blast this Friday. Photo courtesy of Cherry Blast

Lincoln Anniversary Party: Get into the weekend spirit on Thursday with Lincoln as they celebrate their sixth anniversary. Guests can snack on bar bites from 5:30 pm until 6:30pm, take a picture with an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, and test their knowledge of American history with trivia (first place gets you Nationals tickets). Dinner will still be served during the festivities. While there is no cost to attend the party, attendees should RSVP via email

Cocktail Pop-Up: Get a sip of San Francisco from distinguished bartender Kevin Diedrich of Pacific Cocktail Haven this Thursday at The Passenger. Six cocktails will be available beginning at 8 pm, such as the OH Snap with snap peas, absinthe and citrus, or the Shiso Delicioso with shiso, red bell pepper, and tequila. Drinks are priced individually. 

All Set Restaurant & Bar Turns Two: Celebrate all weekend at Silver Spring’s All Set Restaurant & Bar, which commemorates their two-year anniversary with a weekend-long party. The festivities begin with a jazz concert on Thursday at 8 pm, followed by a late-night Friday happy hour featuring $8 cocktails and house wine from 10pm until close. Sundays brings a $2 happy hour from 3 pm until 6:30 pm with $2 fish tacos, and $2 cocktails. 

Cherry Blast: This Friday celebrate the final weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival with Cherry Blast, hosted at Union Market‘s Dock 5 event space. Themed after a Japanese night market, the party features street food from the chefs at Maketto, Kyirisan, Thip Khao, and more, plus an open bar, live music, sumo wrestlers, and a gaming lounge.  The fun begins at 7 pm and lasts until 11 pm.  Tickets are $69 per person and include unlimited tastings. Those who want a commemorative shirt pay $89, while VIP is $125.

Salo Series: This weekend, Filipino chef Yana Gilbuena‘s Salo Series will be at Mess Hall, bringing culinary history and tasty food to guests. The pop-up launches with the theme ‘The Ties That Bind US: Mexico and Philippines Duality Dinner’, which will explore everything from Mexico’s Semana Santa (Holy Week) on Friday to food metaphors and colonization on Saturday, and heritage and traditions on Easter Sunday. Times and prices vary, but all tickets can be purchased online.

Columbia Room Cocktail Class: Love whiskey? This Saturday, Dante Datta of the Columbia Room will be holding a hands-on cocktail class: A Journey through Eastern Malts: Whisky From Japan to India. Beginning at 3:30 pm, guests can taste and learn about a variety of whiskies from Japan, India, Taiwan and Tasmania. Tickets are $70 plus tax.

Easter Egg Decorating Class: Celebrate Easter in a different way this Saturday with Via Umbria’s Chocolate Easter Egg Decorating Class. Beginning at 3 pm in the restaurant’s Laboratorio kitchen, guests can learn how to make a traditional Italian chocolate easter egg using molds. This family-friendly class is $35 per person, and tickets can be brought online.

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