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The Lot at Union Kitchen food and music festival returns Saturday

Union Kitchen, the Northeast D.C. food incubator that's home to budding local brands including Cured, District Doughnut and Jrink Juicery, is bringing back the block-party vibes this summer. After debuting last August, the Lot at Union Kitchen mini-fests return Saturday with live music, drinks and food from area mobile kitchens and Union Kitchen's local producers.

Like a daylong block party, the Lot at Union Kitchen features food, happy hour and games during the day, and local bands by night. The first bash of the season is Saturday. (Photo by Kate Warren)

Saturday's installment will feature music from Baby Bry Bry and the Apologists, Walking Sticks, Farma Wesley and Haile Supreme with Sun Cycle, beginning at 7 p.m. But here's reason to get there early: Happy hour is from 3 to 5 p.m. and you can nosh on food from a handful of vendors who call Union Kitchen home.

Singer's Significant Meats will serve half-smokes and corned beef and pastrami sandwiches; B. Lin Catering will serve smoked beef brisket sliders and smoked gouda and white cheddar macaroni and cheese; District Doughnut will be selling doughnuts; and Motisola will serve vegetarian chili.

The Lot at Union Kitchen summer schedule, so far:

May 31:  Outputmessage, Paperhaus, and the Effects (with support from DCist). 6 p.m.

June 21: TBD, 6 p.m.

June 27: DC Jazz Fest at The Lot, with Braxton Cook Quartet, Butcher Brown, Marc Cary's Rhodes Ahead. Noon.

July 3:  PlayBack the Tape at the Lot. 8 p.m.

The Lot at Union Kitchen is at 1100 Third St. NE from 3-10 p.m.




Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.



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