So many summer festivals, so little time. As busy as your schedule may seem this season, you won’t want to miss the Taste of Arlington, which is one of Northern Virginia’s most-anticipated food events of the year.

The Taste of Arlington will feature tastings, music, tons of activities, and the proceeds go to benefit local charities. Here are all the details you should know before you go! This festival is the largest of its kind in Northern Virginia, and it does a fabulous job of bringing people’s attention to Arlington’s unique, delicious food scene. It will occur on Sunday, May 20, from 12 to 6 p.m., from North Randolph to North Lincoln streets in Arlington, Virginia. Starting this year, you’ll be able to attend the event for free, but you should buy your tasting tickets online, here. There are many different tasting options, but it’s recommended that you get them as far in advance as possible to assure availability and the best price. You should also note that food and beverage tickets are purchased separately. [caption id="attachment_8718" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Taste of Arlington Courtesy of connectionnewspapers.com[/caption] 60 + restaurants will be participating in Taste of Arlington, as well as a variety of food trucks. You can view the full list here, but favorites include Timber Pizza, Bar Bao, and Kapnos Taverna. Make sure you take mental notes and make comments about your favorites as you move through the festival because
“Restaurants will be competing in the 'Best of the Best' food competition in the following categories: Best Appetizer, Best Brunch, Best Fast Casual Entrée, Best Fine Dining Entrée, Best Dessert, Best Food Truck, and Fan Favorite. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m. on the main concert stage.”
Make sure you also take a peek at the wineries, breweries, and distilleries participating, here. Proceeds from the event will go to help local charities in Arlington and the surrounding area. If you’re interested in volunteering you can find out more information here. The festival will be pet-friendly and take place rain or shine. Other neighborhood tasting events worth checking out are the Taste of Vienna and Taste of Georgetown. And, of course, you can't miss the Washington, D.C.-wide food festival, Taste of D.C. [caption id="attachment_8715" align="aligncenter" width="568"]Taste of Arlington Courtesy of ballstonbid.com[/caption] What restaurant are you excited to taste at the Taste of Arlington? Let us know in the comments below! This article was originally written for Our Community Now -- Washington, D.C., by mberman.

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