Tis the Season for Food Festivals: Taste of Arlington

22 May

As it has gotten warmer now in the DC area, it’s not just pool time it’s food festival time.  It is a time where you can go sample a ton of specialties from local area food vendors and because they are small you can justify that they are not horrendous for you.  Okay okay I am aware that they can be horrendous for you and that is exactly why I made Taste of Arlington my breakfast, mid-morning snack, and lunch this past Sunday.  Pictured above you see the remnants of my ticket which originally was a card with 8 tear-off  tasting tickets.  As you can probably guess I did use all 8 of my tickets as well as one or two of my boyfriend’s Mom’s because she (thankfully) got full.  This was my second time attending Taste of Arlington and while I thoroughly enjoyed last year I think I enjoyed this year even more.   There was around 35 food vendors this go around.  I had 10 samples- 8 savory and 2 sweet.  I’ll walk you through in the order that I enjoyed them.  The asterisks denote my top 3 favorites on the day!  It is not a shocker that 2 of my favorites were the sweet samples I had since my sweet tooth is insanely strong.  The Chicken Lettuce Wraps at P.F. Chang’s were so awesome when I tried them last year that it was not long before I was inspired to find a knock off recipe, buy a food processor, and make them myself.  Yes, my ownership of a food processor stems from Taste of Arlington 2011-  it’s true!  Read on to see what else I sampled enjoy the slideshow.  The next food festival I’ll report back on is from my hometown’s annual festival called Herndon Festival.  This is my and Bryan’s favorite out of all the ones we’ve attended in the area.  Check out the website and consider going yourselves.

  1. P.F. Chang’s*: Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  2. Sangam: Butter Chicken and Chickpeas
  3. Rocklands: Mini Pulled Pork with Coleslaw
  4. Cafe Caturra: Red Pepper Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  5. Lebanese Taverna: Beef Kafta in Pita Pocket (included ground beef, lamb, spices, parsley, and onions patties with hummus)
  6. Willow*: Bite-sized Churros with Caramel or Chocolate Dipping Sauce
  7. Thirsty Bernie: Kielbasa and Reuben samples
  8. Whole Foods: Chicken Kebab with Fire Roasted Corn Salsa
  9. Rustico: Veal Meatball
  10. Bayou Bakery*: New Orleans-style Sno Ball (with Wedding Cake flavored syrup and condensed milk on top)

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