Fourth of July Food Events, Recipes and Restaurant Specials

Posted by / Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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By: Molly Jacob

Everyone knows fireworks are an essential part of Fourth of July, but don’t your taste buds deserve a little taste explosion as well? Celebrate our freedom this Thursday by exercising your right to deliciousness.

Manassas Independence Day Party
Make this Manassas festival, with an apple pie baking contest, carnival food and fireworks, part of your celebration. Although you can no longer register to compete in the contest, you can still cheer on your favorite bakers. When pie is involved, are there really any losers? Bonus: many food trucks and vendors, including Doug the Food Dude, will be at the festival. Manassas Fourth of July Fireworks, Old Town Manassas Train Depot. Event begins at 4 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

Buzz Bakery 
Don’t celebrate America’s 237th birthday with just boring birthday cake. Pick up some all-American dessert from Buzz Bakery, such as Key Lime Pie, Mississippi Mud Pie or Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble. Make sure to cool down from the Virginia summer heat with some Triple Mint Chocolate or Strawberry Vanilla ice cream. / Buzz Bakery’s two locations: 818 N Quincy St, Arlington; 901 Slaters Ln, Alexandria 

101 Recipes from Bon Appétit 
If you’re looking to try something new for your Independence Day cookout or even just brush up on your grill skills, Bon Appétit’s got you covered. Check out this slideshow of 101 Recipes for July 4th, including hot dogs, burgers and ribs galore. Try not to salivate on your screen. / bonappetit.com 

Society Fair Bags-to-Go 
Save yourself some time in the kitchen and buy one of these to-go bags. Included for $100: BBQ chicken, potato salad, tomato salad, peach butter cake and a bottle of American red wine. After all, who has time to cook a full meal for four when there are fireworks to be watched and national anthems to be sung? Order by noon today. / Society Fair, 277 S Washington St, Alexandria

Whitlow’s on Wilson Bar and Grill
9 a.m. brunch? Check. Rooftop dining? Check. Live music with no cover charge? CHECK. Whitlow’s on Wilson is opening early on the Fourth and the NoVA-based, hip-hop/neo-soul group Footwerk will perform at 10 p.m.  / Whitlow’s on Wilson, 2854 Wilson Blvd. Arlington

Bogati Bodega Vineyard
Take a break from all the festivities in town and visit the Bogati Bodega Vineyard for a wine tasting on July 6. Drink a complimentary glass of Sangria and listen to live original music from noon-5 p.m. / Bogati Bodega Vineyard, 35246 Harry Byrd Hwy, Round Hill; $7 per person

Martha Stewart Red, White and Blue Desserts
If you aren’t eating as much red, white and blue as possible this Thursday, you’re doing it wrong. Check out these ten recipes, all made with your three favorite colors. Among the delectable patriotic goodies: vanilla-raspberry sundaes, berry spritzer and almond-coconut tarts. / marthastewart.com

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