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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!

(9-13-12 Update: 2012 information here!)

(10-15-10 Update: Photos from 2010 here!)

Grab your beer steins and polka dancing shoes because Oktoberfest is returning to the Reston Town Center.  Join us October 8th – 10th on Market Street for this celebration of the traditional Bavarian festival and experience the best in fall brews, delicious Oktoberfest fare from area restaurants, live entertainment, a carnival, and enough bratwurst to take you back to the Old Country.  Oompah!

The Anthem Great Pumpkin 5K and Kid’s Pumpkin Dash will kick off Saturday’s activities.  Presented by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, this race is fun for the family, and kids will love the Pumpkin Dash and the Pumpkin decorating contest.  This pedestrian-friendly Town Center environment is the perfect destination for a beautiful fall morning run, and an even better spot to enjoy the Oktoberfest “Scrambled Legs” post-race Breakfast!

Oktoberfest Reston features food and drink from local restaurants throughout the event.  Individual Oktoberfest food and beverage tickets may be purchased onsite for $1 each, or in sheets of 24 for $20.  Not a fan of traditional German fare?  Not to worry, there will be a wide selection of items at the festival, and of course, your favorite Reston Town Center restaurants will also be ready to serve you, whether you’re looking for an outdoor patio or to pull up a chair inside for some quiet relaxation.

Stimulate your senses with the unforgettable music provided by a line-up of traditional Oktoberfest talent.  Performing live will be The Continentals, Sexton’s German Band, 2U, The LOW’n’BROWS German Band, and a performance by the popular Alpine Dancers, just to name a few.

Treat your inner child with a visit the Oktoberfest Reston Carnival, located in the parking lot at the corner of Fountain Dr and Freedom Dr.  This festival fun-zone offers games and rides to keep both you and your little ones entertained all day.

So, slip on your lederhosen and join us on October 8th – 10th for Oktoberfest Reston, and celebrate the German in you!

View Oktoberfest photos from 2009

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Oktoberfest Reston is presented by The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. This annual event brings the heart and soul of German tradition to the D.C. suburbs. Don’t miss three very special days of fall fun!

Yes, Snowmageddon has ended, and we are now in the midst of the great meltdown. We’re looking forward to Spring and Summer at Reston Town Center, and just wanted to remind you A) of all of the fun things coming your way with the warmer weather and B) of the many opportunities to volunteer and get involved in your community with us!

Each year hundreds of local volunteers take Town Center by storm to enable the successful production of dozens of charitable and community events here.  Nearly $2 million dollars were raised by non-profit events hosted at Town Center in 2009 alone! Check out this year’s lineup, and let us know if you’d like to volunteer by sending in this form!


April

4/11 2010 MS Walk, produced by MS Society

4/18 March for Babies, produced by March of Dimes


Pet Fiesta, coming May 1st 2010, is one of the many charity events coming to Town Center this year. Many volunteers are needed to make these events a success!

May

5/1 Pet Fiesta, produced by Gooddogz.org & Reston Dogs

5/8 NOCC Run/Walk produced by National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

5/15-5/16 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, produced by Greater Reston Arts Center

5/22 Sjögren Walkabout, produced by Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation


June

6/18-6/19 Taste of Reston, produced by Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce

6/20 Tour de Cure, bicycle ride produced by American Diabetes Association


July

7/10-7/11 Reston Festival, produced by Reston Association & RCC


October

10/2 Light the Night produced by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

10/8-10/10 Oktoberfest Reston, produced by Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce


November

11/26 Run with Alan Webb, benefits Neediest Kids

11/26 Reston Holiday Parade


Volunteers are critical to the success of the charitable events produced at Reston Town Center each year.  To have fun and be a part of it all, complete this form and fax to 703.476.9370 or email your information to rtc@myerspr.com

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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