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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!

It’s here!

Once again one of Reston’s favorite festivals, Taste of Reston, will be lining Market Street with booths from dozens of area restaurants, live entertainment, kids activities and more!

Taste of Reston, Northern Virginia’s largest outdoor food festival, takes place Friday-Saturday, June 17-18 at Reston Town Center.  The event features delectable samplings from the region’s favorite eateries, live music both days, beer and wine gardens, fun and games at the Taste of Reston Carnival, competition at the Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-off, and lively advice from the Living Well Expo.

Brave Contestants in the "Guns and Hoses Chili Cook-off"

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 – in Reston’s spiciest competition.  Together, a panel of five judges vote using the following categories: Aroma, Color, Consistency, Taste, and Aftertaste to determine the “overall best chili”. In addition to the award for best chili according to the taste tester judges, Taste of Reston attendees vote for the “People’s Choice.”  Last year the cops took it, defeating the firemen in what was certainly a heated battle.  Who will take it this year?  Will the hoses find retribution against the blazing guns?

The Living Well Expo is taking place during Taste of Reston at Reston Town Center! Presenting entertainment for families and children, exercise and cooking demonstrations, a Smoothie Shakedown, and Radio Disney! In their second year, they are the area’s first regional Health Expo, showcasing local and regional health organizations that will inspire you and your family to live well!

The Taste of Reston Carnival

Everyone’s favorite carnival will also be returning to turn up the fun for both the young and young at heart! Wind your way over to the festivities featured in this fun-filled festival zone to take a spin on your favorite ride. Carnival tickets are available on site and cost $1 per ticket, or $20 for 24 tickets (each ride takes 3-5 tickets to ride).  Take advantage of the carnival bonus day on Sunday, June 19, open 10am-8pm and purchase an unlimited access wristband for $25.

Restaurants include: American Tap Room, Big Bowl, Cookology, Vinifera, Jackson’s, Mon Ami Gabi, Clyde’s, McCormick & Schmick’s, M&S Grill, Il Fornaio, Obi Sushi, Finnegan’s, Flippin Pizza, Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern, Paolo’s Ristorante, The Counter, Melting Pot, Mamma Lucia, Buffalo Wing Factory, Milwaukee Frozen Custard, and more! On Friday, June 17, 5:30-10:30pm, The Fabulous Dialtones will entertain from the Town Center Pavilion. On Saturday, June 18, 7:30–10:30pm The Texas Chainsaw Horns will be lighting up the stage. The Family Fun Zone! will feature fun activities, interactive games, demonstrations, and arts and crafts for all ages.

Admission is free! Food tickets $1 each

Taste of Reston Festival: Friday, June 17,  3-11pm; Saturday, June 18, noon-11pm

Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-off: Saturday June 18, noon-4pm

Carnival: Friday, June 17, 3-11pm; Saturday, June 18, Noon-11pm; Sunday, June 19, 10am-8pm

www.RestonTaste.com

Produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

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

Yes, it’s going to snow at Reston Town Center this weekend (view photos from the last snow here.)  But, as you well know, Super Bowl Sunday is almost upon us! What you might not know is that we’ve got you covered with some super-fun options for the big game come dusting or downpour!

Paolo’s Ristorante is having a Superbowl buffet tailgate party this Sunday from 2 – 11pm. Chefs are going to prepare a 22-foot tailgate buffet packed with all of your favorites! Paolo’s is located right next to the fountain and you can reach them at 703.318.8920.

McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurant is serving an “all you can eat” buffet during the big game for only $20!  You get the buffet plus a cooked to order men featuring Prime Rib, Gourmet Burgers, and BBQ Pork.  They’re decked out with 6 TV’s and a large Projection Screen in the backgroom. You’ll definitely need to make reservations for this one. 703.481.6600.

And, if you’re staying home for the big game, Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Café will be offering party packs to-go that include a savory selection of tasty Mexican cuisine. We’re told that their party packs can accommodate any group size, from a family of four to a group 30 football fanatics! Selections include: Plato Gordo Party Pack, Fajita Party Pack, Enchilada Party Pack, Soft or Crispy Taco Party Pack, Appetizer Party Pack and Tamales. For information and pricing, you can call 703.904.0703.

American Tap Room and Market Street Bar & Grill are also having Superbowl Watch Parties with game day specials and a game time menu.

Come snow or shine more snow, this is sure to be one great weekend!

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