Bethesda restaurants are busy whipping up their signature dishes to feed the hungry crowds that will descend on the Woodmont Triangle Saturday during the 23rd annual Taste of Bethesda.
Produced by the Taste of Bethesda draws in more than 40,000 every year. Event-goers can sample food from more than 55 restaurants while enjoying five stages of live entertainment during the highly anticipated annual event.
“It’s a really fun day, and since it’s been going on for 23 years, it has a great following,” said Stephanie Coppula, BUP Director of Marketing and Communications.
Admission to the event is free. Taste tickets, to be sold at seven ticket tents, cost $5 for four. Restaurants will be serving up food samples that cost one to four tickets.
American Tap Room is participating this year for the second time. Like last year, the restaurant will be serving a grilled Casear salad and butternut squash soup, as well as lemonade and bottled water.
“I think we’re most excited to meet people and provide a quality product,” said Jon Warren, American Tap Room assistant manager. “We want to put ourselves out there and make a good first impression. Generally, it’s just a fun event and the weather is supposed to be a whole lot better than last year so we’re excited about that.”
Freddy’s Lobster and Clams is also taking part. General manager Ernie Brice said the restaurant has been preparing by making large quantities of their homemade miniature lobster rolls and lobster bisque.
“We’re expecting to feed about 1000 people, so we’re baking over 1000 mini lobster rolls and making 18 gallons of lobster bisque, as well as a whole lot of vanilla bean ice cream from scratch,” he said. “...We see it as marketing and how to really get what we offer out there.”
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along five streets downtown: Norfolk, Fairmont, St. Elmo, Cordell and Del Ray avenues.
“The entertainment is great. We’ll have rock music, a Latin band, and a stage with dancing and music, among others,” Coppula said.
There will also be a “kids’ corner” for face painting and arts and crafts.
“Taste of Bethesda is just a delicious event,” Coppula said. “Everyone should come out and enjoy the many things Taste of Bethesda has to offer. The food is wonderful, the entertainment is great and it’s free to attend. It’s just a great time in downtown Bethesda.”