Over the past few years, one of D.C. Metro biggest area’s of growth has been in Virginia, to the Northwest of the city. That trend is only likely to continue, spurred by the construction of Metro’s Silver Line, connecting downtown Washington to Dulles Airport.
Along that route is an already constantly expanding town, Reston. Though Reston has become more popular in recent years, it’s been an established community for a long time thanks to one very big anchor: The Reston Town Center
The Reston Town Center was one of the area’s first mixed-use suburban properties, a massive collection of commercial, residential and retail space. At the time it was an example of how suburban areas could emulate cities, and it has remained the standard ever since. The Town Center has been open for nearly 25 years, and is still growing. In the late 2000 it finished the second phase of the initial construction project, and it’s now one of the area’s biggest.
And this weekend is great time to go see exactly what Reston and it’s Town Center have to offer. Because this week is their annual Taste of Reston, a showcase of the area’s best food, drink and entertainment.
Held at the Town Center, the event is put on each year by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. It is now in it’s 23rd year, about as long as the Town Center has been around. The Taste starts this Friday at 3:00 p.m. and runs all the way until 11 at night. Then, on Saturday, the Taste takes up the entire day, from noon to 11 p.m.
One of the highlights of a trip to the taste will be, of course, tasting all there is to offer. Twenty-four of the Town Center’s numerous restaurants will serve up snacks that showcase their specialty. The West Coast burger chain The Counter will serve turkey and beef sliders. Paolo’s Ristorante, a popular destination in the Town Center, will sell a delightful-sounding combination: prosciutto-wrapped truffle fries. Also at the Taste will be Community Canteen, a breakfast and lunch catering shop, which will have gazpacho; as well as Hooked Seafood and Sushi, with crabcake sliders.
Of course, all that food needs something good to wash it down with. And if you are an over-21 wine lover, Taste of Reston has treats for you. Two of the Reston Town Center’s wine shops, Market Cellars and the Wine Cabinet, will have diverse options available from their stores. But that’s not the only choice you have. At the Taste’s Wine ‘N Dine area, five restaurants will offer lessons on wine pairings as well as food selections for you to try out your taste buds.
All the while, throughout the day, at four different stages across the town center, local music acts will perform, with sounds as eclectic as the eating options.
If you’re coming to the event with children, the Taste of Reston has more than enough to keep them entertained all day. The Family Fun Zone is filled with activities. On Friday, there is a child-centric cooking demonstration as well as Zumba instructions. Saturday is even more packed, with stilt walkers, face painters, Tae Kwon Do instructions and live music. And if that isn’t enough to keep your kids occupied for hours, there’s also a full carnival.
That’s right, alongside Taste of Reston is the Taste of Reston Carnival, with a Ferris Wheel, Tilt-a-Whirl and burlap slide rides.
Taste of Reston is free to attend. Tickets for tastes and carnival rides will be sold at the event, as well as online, if you’d like to purchase in advance. And with the D.C. population expanding westward, it may be time to head that way and see what Reston has to offer.
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