Date Set for 29th Annual Taste of Bethesda

50 restaurants to attend in food and song festival


The 29th annual Taste of Bethesda, that draws tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Bethesda, is scheduled for Oct. 6, a Bethesda Urban Partnership announced Tuesday.

The annual outside song and food festival will horde 50 internal restaurants and a accumulation of low-pitched bands and informative performers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle, according to BUP, a eventuality organizer. A children’s area will also underline balloon and face portrayal and humanities and crafts activities.

For a third year in a row, judges will endowment “Bethesda’s Best Bite” for one favorite food object sole in any of a 4 zones during a festival.

Last year, with a assistance of comfortable temperatures and balmy skies, an estimated 30,000 people attended a event, according to Brenna O’Malley, a BUP spokesperson. In new years, a travel festival has been stubborn with bad continue conditions, including in 2016 when an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people attended—largely descending brief of expected assemblage estimates—and in 2015 when a eventuality was cancelled due to a sleet forecast.

Taste of Bethesda is welcoming several new restaurants this year, including The Big Greek Café, Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine, Dog Haus Biergarten, Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant, The Red Bandana Bakery and True Food Kitchen, among others. 

Some of a returning favorites embody Duck Duck Goose, Georgetown Cupcake, Jaleo, Mussel Bar Grille, Olazzo and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Numerous bands and informative song and dance groups will perform on 5 stages. The performers embody a 19th Street Band, Aztec Sun, Elikeh, Jay Byrd The Musical Trust, Joker’s Wild, Sara Jones, Sweet Saludos and Rochelle Rice, who won a 2018 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards contest.

The informative song and dance theatre will benefaction Ancient Rhythms Dance Co., Coyaba Dance Theater, The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, Urban Artistry and Wong Chinese Lion Dancers.

The eventuality will be set adult along Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn avenues in Woodmont Triangle. Admission is free, though tickets are compulsory for food purchases. Tickets cost $5 for four; a portion costs between one and 4 tickets.

The eventuality is located 3 blocks from a Bethesda Metro station. Parking is giveaway in downtown Bethesda’s open garages. The Bethesda Circulator will ride visitors to and from a Bethesda Metro hire and open garages giveaway of charge.

Here is a list of participating restaurants:

Benihana of Tokyo

BGR The Burger Joint

The Big Greek Café

Brickside Food Drink

Chef Tony’s Seafood

Chercher Ethiopian Cuisine

Dog Haus Biergarten

Duck Duck Goose

Flanagan’s Harp Fiddle

George’s Chophouse

Georgetown Cupcake

Guapo’s Restaurant

Gusto Farm to Street


Hanaro Sushi

Henry’s Sweet Retreat


Kadhai Boutique Indian Cuisine

Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant

Mamma Lucia

Medium Rare

MoMo Chicken Grill

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Mussel Bar Grille


The Original Pancake House

Paisano’s Pizza

Passage to India

Peet’s Coffee

Quartermaine Coffee Roasters

The Red Bandana Bakery

Rock Bottom Restaurant Brewery

Ruth’s Chris Steak House


Silver: New American Brasserie

Smoke BBQ

Smoothie King

Tandoori Nights

Tapp’d Bethesda

Tout de Sweet Pastry Shop

Tropical Smoothie Café

True Food Kitchen

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