Food

12 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend

On the menu: Oyster Wars, Snallygaster beer festival, and a pumpkin party.

The Salt Line hosts Oyster Wars. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Celebrate the turning of the leaves at Little Sesame’s fall dinner at Big Bear Cafe on Thursday. The multi-course meal is a celebration of the autumn harvest with dishes like a fall farro salad or Moroccan fish stew with herbs. Tickets are $75, inclusive of food, drinks, and tax.

Head to Wildfire on Friday for a four-course MaCallan single malt Scotch pairing dinner with dishes like pan-seared jumbo scallops and spiced bison tenderloin. The meal is $130 per person – call the restaurant to reserve a space.

Venture to Urbanspace Tysons on Saturday, when the upscale food hall in Tysons Galleria hosts a Laotian-Burmese feast. Chefs Seng Luangrath and Nyi Nyi Myint of Sen Khao marry the flavorful styles on Laotian and Burmese cooking. RSVP to gatherround@urbanspacenyc.com to reserve your seat for $90, plus $35 for wine pairing.

Image courtesy of Snallygaster.

DC’s biggest and beastliest brew festival is back. Check out Snallygaster, which goes down along Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday from noon to 6 PM. This year, the festival boasts more than 400 craft beer and wine options, available in unlimited—yes, all you can drink—tastings. Food from vendors like Taco Bamba, Meggrolls, and Astro Doughnuts is extra. General admission tickets are $50.

All Things Go Fall Classic returns to Union Market on Saturday and Sunday. In between LANY and Arkells sets, you can carb load at the likes of Shake Shack and Rocklands, or get a much-needed caffeine boost from Compass Coffee. One-day tickets start at $70.

On Sunday at 10 AM, head over to the Dish & Dram for a meet and greet with Austrian sommelier Klaus Wittauer and Hillinger Wines’ Georg Schweitzer. If you’re not already a member of the Kensington Wine Club, you can pay $10 to take part in a tasting of four Hillinger wines. Bonus: if you stick around after the event, bottomless mimosas are $15 with the purchase of a brunch plate.

Image courtesy of Toki Underground/Toh Roong.

Toh Roong is back at Toki Underground for a second pop-up event on Sunday. Chef Kitima Boonmala will join Toki’s Olivier Caillabet to serve up dishes like boat noodles soup and khao soi with fried chicken. The first seating is at 5 PM.

Celebrate the arrival of fall weather at Calico’s late harvest festival on Sunday from 1 to 7 PM. Sip seasonal drinks like bourbon mules and rum-spiked cider in the indoor/outdoor Shaw bar, or head over to the pop-up pumpkin patch and photo booth. Registration is free.

The third annual Oyster Wars goes down at the Salt Line on Sunday from 2 to 7 PM with a cast of all-star chefs, including host Kyle Bailey, St. Anselm’s Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Katsuya Fukushima (Daikaya group), Michael Rafidi of the upcoming Albi, and more. Feast on all things oyster, meet oyster farmers, and sip brews from a ton of Mid-Atlantic producers. Tickets are $50 to $80.

And heading into next week…

Image courtesy of Royal.

Amateur sleuths, unite! Head over to Royal on Monday at 8 PM for a Clue-inspired pop-up bar. The drink menu will include six cocktails inspired by the game’s characters, each priced at $8.

Break out the Old Bay – it’s crab week at Chiko. Starting Monday, the Capitol Hill location will offer daily specials like Maryland crab rangoon and Singapore chili crab.

Estadio is undergoing a hair-raising transformation – say hello to “Espookio.” On Tuesday, the Spanish restaurant is unveiling 14 festive bites that will remain on the menu leading up to Halloween. Be sure to check out the “boo-cadillos” and the Jack O’ Lantern slushitos.

Take a staycation at French bistro Bastille. Chefs Christophe and Michelle Poteaux are putting together a French Alps-inspired five-course prix fixe wine pairing dinner on Wednesday. Tickets for the dinner are $67 (call for a reservation).

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Editorial Fellow

Madeline Rundlett is an editorial fellow for Washingtonian. She previously covered All-Met sports for the Washington Post and was an editorial intern at The Hill. Madeline graduated from the George Washington University with a degree in Political Communication in 2019.