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The heat is on! Prepare your taste buds now for the epic chili you will sample this weekend at Oktoberfest Reston at Reston Town Center. It may not be German, but it certainly is delicious, a little spicy, and a savory favorite for the fall months. The showdown is on Library Street, Saturday, October 6, 12-5pm, but the festival is the weekend of October 5-7, 2012, so plan your visit to Oktoberfest accordingly!

And what a spectacular battle of the beans and beef it will be at this year’s Guns ‘N Hoses Chili Cook-off!  The rivalry between the Fairfax County Police and Fire & Rescue departments has reached an all-time high since last year’s cook-off at Taste of Reston.

After the Police Department won last year with their “Reaper’s Stew,” the Fire Department is gunning (or hosing rather?) for the title of chili champ. The winner will be announced at 4pm on Saturday, so be sure to make it down to Library Street before the panel of judges crowns the newest victor. The panel will be voting based on aroma, color, consistency, taste, and aftertaste to award the “Overall Best Chili.”

But they’re not the only ones who get to choose a winner. After sampling all the varieties, you decide who gets the “People’s Choice” award. This sounds easy enough, but with names such as “The Chili Department Reston Road Kill Chili” and “Crime Scene Section Reaper’s Stew” if may be harder to pick a favorite than you think.

Winners receive not only the title of champion and bragging rights in this battle of the hometown heroes, but a coveted trophy. Who will win? Come out this weekend and find out!

It’s here!

Once again market street will be lined with booths from dozens of area restaurants, live entertainment, kids activities and more during one of Reston’s favorite festivals, Taste of Reston.

Taste of Reston takes place June 18-19 at Reston Town Center featuring more than 30 area restaurants, a full line-up of musical entertainment, a kid’s activity tent and, for the first time, a chili cook-off pitting police against firefighters.

In addition to the restaurant samplings, the “Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-off” will pit area cops against firemen – the ultimate battle of the heroes –  this time in aprons in front of chili pots.  Attendees can vote for the “People’s Choice” chili. A panel of food writers and critics will determine the “overall best chili”.  The event’s masters of ceremonies will be MIX107.3’s Tommy McFly and NewsChannel8’s Katherine Amenta.

Restaurants include: Chef Geoff’s, Vinifera, Jackson’s, Mon Ami Gabi, Clyde’s, McCormick & Schmick’s, M&S Grill, Il Fornaio, Obi Sushi, Texas de Brazil, The Melting Pot, Mamma Lucia, Buffalo Wing Factory and Milwaukee Frozen Custard. On Friday from 5:30 until 10:30 pm The Fabulous Dialtones will entertain from the Town Center Pavilion. On Saturday, June 19, from 7:30 – 10:30 pm C.J. Chenier & the Redhot Louisiana Band will  perform. The Kid’s Corner tent will feature face painting, games and crafts for children.

Admission is free! Food tickets $1 each

Friday, June 18 – 3-11 pm; Saturday, June 19 – noon-11 pm

Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-off, Saturday June 19, noon- 4:30 pm

www.RestonTaste.com

Produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

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