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ImageCalling all Foodies! Not to brag, but Reston has some of the best restaurants in Northern Virginia and we get the honor of showing them off each year. Last weekend Reston Town Center was crowded and bustling with sights and smells from Taste of Reston & Carnival, presented by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and voted “Northern VA’s Best Food Festival” this year by Virginia Living.

ImageOver 20 restaurants participated, giving the festival a broad culinary palette fit for any gourmand. A few favorites were Clyde’s of Reston’s Asian chicken sandwich covered in a teriyaki glaze which won top prize from the panel of Chamber of Commerce judges.  Paolo’s Ristorante captured third place with their sweet yet spicy and savory meatball spiedini – traditional Sicilian meatballs skewered for an Arabic cooking style. Il Fornaio’s mozzarella caprese was a beautifully presented classic – fresh mozzarella and a whole basil leaf seasoned and served on half a tomato – as an example of Italy’s simplest flavors combined. Sweetgreen’s cesar salad/wrap was light and refreshing featuring Sweetgreen’s locally sourced ingredients, which is the secret to their crisp success.

The newest features of the festival were the Wine ‘n Dine cooking demonstrations and wine tastings. Some of the top chefs in the area demonstrated their favorite cuisine and cocktail recipes to taste along with wine pairings. Learning how to re-create a delicious meal at home is the highest form of flattery a foodie can pay to a chef’s skill and creativity.

And if you missed the festival, don’t worry, it’s hosted at Reston Town Center every June, and in the meantime we have loads more mouth-watering restaurants to try like M&S Grill that has some of the most fresh, complex gazpacho in town with its glory of crab and avocado toppings. Busara Thai Cuisine is known for its traditional Pad Thai, Pad Woon Sen, and vegetarian tofu dishes with that authentic Thai kick to them. And if you’re craving Mexican, you can’t go wrong at Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Café with their margaritas, fajitas al carbon or BBQ chicken quesadillas, gooey with cheese and sauce, but only served on Mondays and Fridays.

So explore Reston Town Center’s culinary offerings, you won’t be disappointed, and bon appetit!

More than just “snap,” “crackle,” and “pop,” were present at Friday and Saturday’s Taste of Reston. Also in the mix were, “munch,” “crunch,” “sizzle,” “slurp,” “gulp,” as well as lots of, “yum’s” and “mmms”—and it should be noted that none of these guests of honor had anything to do with Rice Krispies!

27 of the Reston area’s favorite food accommodators, 24 sponsors of positive living, 12 supporters of prosperous work lives, as well as numerous entertainers gathered in RTC for Taste of Reston—a tasty and fun-filled festival to benefit the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Market Street was lined by dozens of white tents full of delectable smells. Tickets were the currency to tantalize one’s taste buds—whether used for hamburger sliders and crab cakes, or berry pound cake and gelato. Taste, however, was not the only sense to be satisfied, as warm breezes carried a feast for the ears, transporting pleasant sounds from the various music stages and artists throughout the premises.

President’s Park was the site for the Living Well Expo, which featured dance classes, sporting games, healthy living sponsors, and other activities to encourage physically healthy lives! From bubble-blowing clowns to Redskins Girls line dancing with civilians, many performers were present in the Living Well Expo to create a more interactive experience.

Just down the hill, in the North East parking lot lurked a festival overflowing with fun for all ages! Rides, carnival games, and cotton candy, set the scene for this section of Taste of Reston, adding just a little more flavor to the event.

Spicy seasonings perfumed Library Street on Saturday afternoon, as the Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-Off went down between our favorite hometown heroes: the Fire Department versus the Police Department. The Police Department’s “Reapers Stew” took the gold this time, leaving the Fire Department ready to bring it in 2012!

The event ended with a bang, as the Texas Chainsaw Horns took center stage. The zesty horn-based funk band was bursting with energy, able to capture the audience with their jazzy, soulful arrangements and vibrant attitude!

Thanks to all who came out to support the Reston Chamber of Commerce at the 21st annual Taste of Reston Event.  We hope to see everyone back in 2012 to see how the tastes of Reston evolve in the coming year!

For photos of the event, click here!

Reston Town Center at Night, at Oktoberfest Reston 2009

Reston Town Center at Night, at Oktoberfest Reston 2009

 

 

The sights, sounds and smells of a German Oktoberfest celebration once again filled Reston Town Center from Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11. Attendees enjoyed German food, beer and wine along with live entertainment plus carnival rides, all presented by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce.

Participating restaurants included a number of Town Center favorites such as Clyde’s of Reston, The Counter, Il Fornaio, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, M&S Grill, Uno Chicago Grill as well as Cafe Montmartre, Dinner Zen, Paradise Ice Cream, Red Hot & Blue, Vie de France Bakery Café and Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro.

Music and entertainment was presented all three days in the Reston Town Center Pavilion, featuring The Continentals, Sam Gunderson and Cactus Grove, Sexton’s German Band, the Kings Park German Band and many more. The Oktoberfest Reston Carnival offered amusement rides and entertainment for the young and young at heart. Attendees also enjoyed free horse-drawn hay rides and face painting on Saturday, adding even more family fun to Oktoberfest Reston.

Virginia's Greatest Pumpkin

Virginia’s Greatest Pumpkin

Also on Saturday, October 10 was the Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K Races. At the Finish Line Festival, participating runners, walkers, joggers and their families took part in the pumpkin decorating contest from and saw Virginia’s “Greatest Pumpkin” on display. The Children’s Pumpkin Dash offered free races for those 4 to 10 years of age – many who arrived in full Halloween regalia! The Anthem Great Pumpkin 5k was Presented by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance; Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; and Potomac River Running to benefit the INOVA Heart and Vascular Institute.

Established in 1990, beautiful Reston Town Center is an acclaimed outdoor venue offering more than 50 retail shops, 30 restaurants and a 13-screen cinema, plus more to come.  At the Center’s hub, the Pavilion hosts special events, concerts, festivals throughout the year and ice-skating in winter. For more information on shopping, dining and events at Reston Town Center, visit www.restontowncenter.com, and find it on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Address: 11900 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190 Directions: From I-495, take I-66 west to the Dulles Toll Road (Exit 12, Route 267 West) to Reston Parkway (Exit 12). Turn right on Reston Parkway then left on New Dominion Parkway (4th light).

 

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