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Festival Celebrates Chesapeake Seafood – Oysters & Wine!

July 20th, 2018 • No Comments

TasteUSA’s Newest Festival Under Management – Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival

Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival – A Shucking Good Time with Wine! is TasteUSA’s newest food and drink festival under management. 

We’ll Have Plenty of Oysters & Wine!

After 3 years specializing in the food and drink festival management and organization of events in the Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia regions, we have added our newest festival – and now we’re in Maryland! On September 22nd and 23rd, 2018 we’ll be taking our newest concept – combining the popularity of Chesapeake Seafood and especially Virginia and Maryland Oysters with both local, domestic and international wines into a fun new festival. Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival was developed after the success of the VA Oyster Pavilion which was added to the Virginia Wine Festival® in 2016 and 2017 to immense success.

Wine festival lovers today want more than just quality wine – they want gourmet food items and Virginia oysters are the perfect addition to a top regional food and drink festival. We have taken that idea one step further by creating our newest Maryland seafood festival – The Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival puts the seafood category in front of the wine festival to target both the seafood “foodie” who loves oysters but also is interested in learning about wine and the wine lover who is curious about Virginia, Maryland and Chesapeake oysters and seafood.

Garnish your own Bloody Mary at the Bloody Mary Pavilion!

Great Food Trucks – But a New Twist: The Bloody Mary Pavilion

Charlie Adler, TasteUSA’s owner and festival organizer noticed a new trend among Millennials at recent festivals – more than just a fascination with all things local and “foodie” – a desire to “brunchify” events. Washington, D.C. is known as a brunch city, but the trend has spread to food and drink festivals – Brunchcon, Atlanta Brunch Fest and a slew of new festivals capitalizes on the fun excitement of eating brunch and sipping cocktails. The Bloody Mary Pavilion was added to the MD wine and seafood festival as a play on brunchifying festivals.

Upcoming TasteUSA Managed Food and Drink Festivals:

Chesapeake Oyster & Wine Festival – A Shucking Good Time with Wine
September 22nd and 23rd, 2018, 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, MD

43rd Annual Virginia Wine Festival®
October 13th and 14th, 2018, Arlington Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209

Chocolate, Wine & Whiskey Festival
February 23rd, 2019, The Showroom DC, 1099 14th St., NW (1st Floor), Washington, D.C. 20005

3rd Annual Taco, Beer, Tequila Festival
2019 Location TBD

Charlie Adler, Founder
TasteUSA Festival Event Management

“I Drink on the Job”

DC’s Only Chocolate Fashion Show Was More Than Just Chocolate..

September 8th, 2013 • No Comments

Chocolate Fashion Show is a great concept..this is a winning event for any city

Charity in Chocolate Fashion Show – Over 50+ Top DC Chefs Express in Chocolate!

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Top chefs turned chocolate and sugar into fanciful costumes and accessories for a delicious fashion show to benefit local charity with national impact.

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate! This event had so many great dishes and some great drinks too including Catoctin Creek Rye and Boxwood Winery’s Red wine.

Award-winning chefs  unveiled their mastery of cocoa and couture at the decadent Charity in Chocolate benefit event, featuring DC’s only Chocolate Fashion Show.  The proceeds from Charity in Chocolate go to The Heart of America Foundation® (HOA), a DC-based nonprofit that combines volunteer service and literacy programming to support the needs of children living in poverty in the D.C. area as well as nationwide.

2013-09-06 20.17.082013-09-06 18.21.55offered sweet and savory tastings. Attendees sampled delicacies, enjoyed an open bar before the event highlight – the Chocolate Fashion Show, where models walked the runway in chocolate and sugar couture designed by local chefs.

2013-09-06 18.34.57Celebrity guest judges of the fashion show included WTOP’s Kristi King, Kate Michael, President of K Street Kate, Heather Roth, 2008 RAMW Pastry Chef of the Year, and Michael McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief, DC magazine.

Some dishes were sweet, but chocolate was also incorporated into savory dishes.I enjoyed dishes with octopus, Nutella, passionfruit, something that looked and tasted like tapioca, olive oil, Wagyu Beef and on and on!2013-09-06 21.02.29