Giant Barbecue Battle in the National Capital 2019. Photo by Helena Coutinho.

Are you ready for a hot barbecue? 30th Annual National Capital Giant Barbecue Battle returned it Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. The event, which will take place on the National Mall, will bring together cookbook authors, chefs and professional chefs, each competing for the title of barbecue champion. There will be free food samples, beer and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and live music. Tickets start at $15; Take them here.

Celebrate summer with your favorite rose drink. Yards (355 Water Street SE) will hold its fourth annual Pink all day on the Saturday, June 25 at 16:00. where guests are invited to sample rosé wine from nearby restaurants, listen to live music and take part in rose-themed events such as flamingo croquet and flower crown making. Tickets are $15 and include one drink.

In honor of World Refugee Day Maidan (1346 Florida Avenue NW) conducts Meeting at the Maidan Festival of Food, Culture and Wine on the Sunday, June 26 from 10:00 to 14:00. The restaurant will turn its lane on Florida Avenue into a market filled with food, wine and handicraft vendors from the Caucasus, North Africa and the Middle East. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.

Gallery @ La Cosecha (1280 Fourth Street N.E.) conducts personal Argentine empanada holiday on the Wednesday, June 29 at 18:30. You will cook and eat your own empanadas from scratch. Choose meat or vegetarian toppings. Tickets are $59.

Some of José Andres’ restaurants start their first summer festival from until the end of summer. Jaleo (80 Seventh Street NW), spanish diner (7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda), Oyamel (401 Seventh Street NW), China Chilcano (418 Seventh Street NW), as well as Zaytiņa (701 Ninth Street NW) will serve a special menu of seasonal dishes, including strawberry gazpacho with goat cheese, grilled lamb chops with smoked yogurt tzatziki, and chocolate milkshake with Maria cookies.

Put on your most fashionable outfit and go to Sicilian Black Tie Ball at the Italian Embassy (3000 Whitehaven Street NW), an evening filled with dessert, dancing and DJs. A feast of Sicilian culture held Saturday, June 25 at 19:15 there is an open bar with Italian wines and beers, as well as a buffet with Italian desserts such as tiramisu and cannoli. Tickets can be purchased hereand start at $120.

Head to the pier Wednesday, June 29 for free vegetarian food. World Animal Welfare has partnered with TiNDLE, Hooray Foods and Promobile Kitchen to host grocery truck who will be handing out free plant-based chicken and bacon sandwiches in the Market Square (760 Maine Avenue SW).

Try Caribbean street food at a restaurant Celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month. You’ll find Trinidadian doubles, Jamaican chicken and other island specials at Union Market (1309 Fifth Street N.E.) on the Saturday, June 25 The party starts at 14:00 and includes live music and dance performances.

Mass beer festival. Taste: The American Craft Beer Experience takes over the Anthem (901 Wharf Street SW) on the Friday, June 24 from 19:00 to 22:00. Over 200 craft beers will be paired with hors d’oeuvres such as honeyed duck breast, tuna tostada, sticky toffee pudding and more. Tickets start at $144; Take them here.

Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap (401 E. Braddock Rd., Alexandria) conducts children’s master class on cooking pizza this is Saturday, June 25 from 10 to 11 o’clock. Your little ones from the age of 5 will learn how to cook pizza with cheese or pepperoni from start to finish. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

Sophia Young

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