Thanks to their discerning palates, medieval food tasters made sure their king ate and drank only the finest poisons. Train your taste buds with this Groupon.
$18 for One Beer-Only Ticket ($33 Value)
Armed with a souvenir glass, guests roam the festival sampling unlimited sips of more than 75 craft beers from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. For an extra fee, they can taste the beer's costars: 10 varieties of chili complemented by 10 international cheeses. In addition to unbridled consumption, the festival hosts a live chili cook-off, live music including bands and bagpipes, and flat-screen TVs to keep visitors up-to-date on sports action.
Pepper's Chilibrew Fest
Last year, more than 6,000 festival goers indulged in the spicy flavors of chili and swigs of beer backed by Celtic rock and Motown beats. This year, Pepper's Chilibrew Fest recreates the magic on an even larger scale, hosting 75 craft beers from breweries including Lagunitas, Dogfish Head, and Sweetwater. At the tasting theater, which has doubled in size since last year, guests can also sample 10 piping-hot varieties of chili for an additional fee, or can exchange a canned good for one chili token.
Playing a soundtrack to the frenzied feasting, bands such as Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans—a five-man Celtic-rock outfit—and Motown mavens The Black Honkeys inspire bouts of dancing. Big-screen televisions dot the festival grounds, ensuring guests don’t miss out on any sports action. The grounds also host dedicated corn-hole grounds, where friends can compete in games of bag tossing and seeing who can spill the least beer on themselves.
Tysons Fall Harvest
It may be the inaugural year of Tysons Fall Harvest, but it already has the docket to rival any well-established fall festival. This family-friendly event will keep kids entertained with plenty of activities, from pony rides and petting zoos to a hay maze and pumpkin carving. Those who need to brush up on their carving skills can sit in on demonstrations from master pumpkin carvers or head to the craft corner to paint or just hug a gourd that escaped.
Even without kids in tow, adults will have plenty to do, including visiting the wine and beer garden for unlimited samples when they purchase a tasting glass, as well as shopping a marketplace with pumpkins and fall decor. They might even consider dropping by Rocknoceros's set at the live-music stage; they might be a kids' band, but their acclaim has landed them gigs at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and the Kennedy Center. A portion of the Harvest's proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.