National Harbor Food Festival Takes Place June 6-7

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The second annual Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor, set for Saturday and Sunday with a theme of "Think Global. Taste Local," promises its big doings will happen "rain or shine"; either way, the roster of food luminaries will provide star power.

Former "Top Chef" contestants Spike Mendelsohn, Ariane Duarte and Washington's own Carla Hall will be demonstrating their favorite summer recipes and judging Saturday's Country Fair baked goods competition, along with Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito of "Baked" (cookbook and bakeries); chef Patrice Olivon of L'Academie de Cuisine and New York chef Suvir Saran of Devi. Bon Appetit editor in chief Barbara Fairchild, Washington chef Jeff Tunks and former White House chef Walter Scheib will handle judging duties for the country fair's Sunday round of competition.

In addition to family-related activities and live music, attendees have a range of food-related activities to choose from, including:

-- An interactive seminar on wine ratings by Laurie Forster, the Wine Coach.

-- A Saturday performance of "Julia Child: Queen of Cuisine" by Mary Ann Jung.

-- A tequila tasting at Rosa Mexicano.

-- A Dine-Around featuring four National Harbor restaurants on Saturday evening.

-- A four-course Foster's Clambake in the evening on both days.

-- Various cooking demonstrations geared for kids on both days.

-- A Sunday panel discussion on "What We Eat Now."

-- Robert Mondavi cooking demonstrations and seminars on Sunday.

-- A six-course seafood tapas and wine-pairing meal on Sunday afternoon.

A one-day general-admission pass is $65 for adults 21 and older, $30 for ages 12 to 20, $15 for ages 6 to 11; children 5 and younger are free. Some of the events listed above require additional tickets.

Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. For details and to order tickets online, go to

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