As an event producer, community resident and food and wine enthusiast, I am so proud to be a part of the first annual “Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival,” right here in our the Carlyle District of Old Town Alexandria. Wait! Where is John Carlyle Square again? You know, it’s the beautiful green space two blocks from the King Street Metro station where two lion statues mark the entrance to the Carlyle District. Unfortunately, this little oasis is not well known to the local community…but I have to say that it is quite the hidden gem. This place is waiting to be discovered: a variety of retail shops, great restaurants, benches for taking a load off, and a grassy green area adorned by a beautiful fountain that is ideal for picnics.

John Carlyle Square is a hidden treasure as a location for our food and wine festival, on top of that, there aren’t any other such events in the Alexandria Community. If you don’t want to drive to Arlington or Reston for great food and wine tasting festivals, the Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival is the new place to be.

We are taking the event to the next level by adding an Education Tent, where you will be able to learn all the nuances about food and wine pairing. You will be able to learn about selecting your wine based on knowledge rather than prices; next time you’re invited to a friend’s house you can come prepared! And on a similar note, how about inviting your friends over to make sushi? You can learn how to make sushi in the food showcase tent area.

This event offers something for everyone: food savvy people will enjoy tastes from Alexandria’s best restaurants, wine connoisseurs will refresh their palate with wine from local Virginia wineries, families with children will benefit from the moon bounce and face painter, and everyone else can have a great time enjoying the musical tunes from our live bands. I hope to see you there!