This weekend, foodies from far and wide brought their appetites to sample some of the city’s finest cuisine at Taste of DC, the first event of its kind since it disappeared in 2003. It winds up today with a performance by Rusted Root at 4 p.m.
Chances are if you arrived hungry bright and early on Saturday, you were probably at something of a breaking point by the time you actually made it to the front of the line, purchased (or redeemed) tickets and made it inside the event. In fact, two of our Going Out Gurus, myself included, ended up too hungry and impatient to wait and left to grab a bite elsewhere.
What happened? A substantial crowd of protesters for Occupy DC had set up camp in Freedom Plaza and were marching toward the festival’s space on Pennsylvania Avenue near 13th Street NW. According to Taste of DC President and CEO Steuart Martens, that’s why city authorities didn’t give Taste of DC permission to open until after noon (the event was slated to open at 11 a.m.) By that time, there were already long lines of miffed foodies.
“You’ve got to make sure that the vendors and patrons are safe,” says Martens. “There were some very serious safety concerns. Hopefully everyone understands, but I know we’re going to have some very upset people.”
Martens says lines so far today have been minimal.
What was your Taste of DC experience? Did you go on Saturday and stand in a crazy line before getting in? Or did you happen by on Sunday and taste some food/drinks, see some music and have a grand old time? Tell us your stories in the comments.