Food festivals celebrate culinary accomplishments with gusto, just as food fights celebrate culinary accomplishments with an eggplant to the face. Join the feasting festivities with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get one admission to the Hibachi and Sake Festival hosted by Otani Japanese Steak & Seafood (a $40 value). The dining festivities run from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Choose among four options:
• The Chantilly location on Friday, July 1
• The Chantilly location on Saturday, July 2
• The Sterling location on Friday, July 8
• The Sterling location on Saturday, July 9
The Hibachi and Sake Festival guides taste buds through a tableside tour of cuisine from the Land of the Rising Sun. Amid the thrum of chatter, music, and chopsticks' renditions of "Hot Cross Buns," guests are treated to buffet-style appetizers prepared by Otani's chefs. The three-course edible journey sets sail with appetizers such as gyoza, edamame, and tempura, and for the main course, diners choose between Japanese fare prepared with chicken, shrimp, calamari, or steak, including filet mignon. Each dish is cooked to palette-pleasing status through the traditional method of grilling on the hot surface of gleaming samurai sword. The evening concludes with a delectable addendum of rainbow sherbet.