Food and wine, like Saturday and Sunday and George and Martha Washington, are best enjoyed together. Behold the glory of the dynamic duo with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a two-day general ticket, plus a souvenir lanyard and wine glass, to the 2011 Wine & Food Festival in National Harbor on May 14 and 15 (a $65 value).
The fourth annual Wine & Food Festival unites world-class chefs and faithful foodies for two days of samples, demonstrations, live entertainment, and copious merrymaking. The festival's all-you-care-to-taste policy gives curious tongues a taste-bud-building workout as they try the more than 150 different wines, beers, and spirits, in addition to a plethora of delicious food samples. The bevy of wine selections allows grapes from across the globe to mingle with locally vine-ripened orbs, and a special biergarten serves up craft brews. Rub elbows with internationally renowned chefs as they rub spices on meats or audience member's elbows during a full schedule of hands-on cooking demonstrations and wine pairings in the Tasting Theater.
During a casual stroll down the Art Walk, featuring the galleries of National Harbor, make a pit stop in the Whiskey & Bourbon Experience Lounge for a hand-rolled cigar demonstration, or stop by the Cabanas on the Beach, where a steel-drum band, tropical drinks, and imported volcano create a transporting island environment. Each two-day general ticket is accompanied by a souvenir wine glass and lanyard.
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.