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August Family Fun in NoVA= Fairs Rule

By Micaela Williamson

From funnel cakes to livestock, fire trucks to LEGO trains, August is packed with fairs to delight every interest and age level.

Northern Virginia Festivals and Fairs

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Fairfax County 4H Fair and Carnival
July 30-Aug. 2, 2014

The grounds of Fairfax County’s favorite farm becomes filled with contests, farm animals, carnival rides, and more. Families will love the free admission and so many interactive educational exhibits. Friday night at the fair is Big Truck Night, and kids can climb all over the biggest and coolest vehicles Fairfax County has to offer.


Friendship Firehouse Festival
Aug. 2, 2014

This popular family event includes outdoor exhibits, museum admission, antique fire apparatus, craft booths, entertainment and more. All children receive free helmets and The Alexandria Fire Department invites them aboard for a supervised visit inside the trucks.


Brick Fair
Aug. 2-3, 2014

LEGO fans and master builders take over the Dulles Expo Center with mind-boggling displays, models, trains, vendors, LEGO paraphernalia and plenty of hands-on activities for kids and adults alike. We recommend skipping the line by getting advance tickets online.


Arlington County Fair
Aug. 6-10, 2014

Amongst the urban sprawl, this fun-filled event has competitive exhibits, farm animals, community vendors, carnival rides, and lots of live entertainment. Additional events include a family-friendly 5K race and a nightly line up of outdoor movies featuring the fan favorites Frozen and The Lego Movie.


Prince William County Fair
Aug. 8-16, 2014

This highly regarded county fair is always a hit and includes attractions such as midway rides, vendors, interactive community booths, animals, and lots of live entertainment. Have some old-fashioned country fun by watching a tractor pull or rodeo, or the adrenaline pumping monster trucks and demolition derby. Check the website for daily schedules, coupons, and discount days.


The Lucketts Fair
Aug. 17-18, 2014

The Lucketts Fair caters to families and kids. There is true country fun with over 100 artisans and crafters, giant produce, homemade food and wholesome live entertainment.  Children will be pleased to pet animals, ride ponies, and participate in a-day-on-the-farm activities. This fair is a must for any aspiring little farmer.


National Book Festival
Aug. 30, 2014
Washington, D.C.

For the first time ever, the annual National Book Festival is moving indoors to the Washington Convention Center. The event is bursting with famous authors, live readings, book signings, and hands-on family activities. Before you go, download the special festival guide for kids and teachers online.

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Micaela Williamson is a co-author of local travel guide, Kid Trips Northern Virginia, an extraordinary resource that provides descriptions, useful information and insider tips for hundreds of local destinations. Micaela is also an award winning blogger who enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.


Get a sneak peek at the nice list at Alexandria’s annual Christmas in July

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Santa and Mrs. Claus at Christmas in July in Alexandria.

Santa and Mrs. Clause at Christmas in July. Photo by Abbie Rufener.

By Jessica Godart

Santa Claus is coming to town – and he’s showing up in his swim trunks. For the fifth year, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a special appearance for Alexandria’s Christmas in July event taking place at Union Street Public House in conjunction with The Christmas Attic next door.

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Mount Defiance Cidery & Distillery to Open in Middleburg Next Month

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Nicole Nicastro, Mt. Defiance Cidery manager, at the sample bar / Photo Credit: Peter Ahlf

By Ariel Yong

For Marc Chretien, cider is not only his beverage of choice, it’s his business of choice. With craft beer booming in Northern Virginia, Chretien is instead turning to a less crowded industry. “Cider is more unique, yet it’s a classic craft beverage where we’re not competing with 2,800 other micro-breweries. And producing a good cider is every bit as difficult as producing a good beer.”

In August, Chretien will open his second cidery—his first in Northern Virginia—named Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery in Middleburg. It joins Winchester CiderworksBold Rock Hard Cider and about a dozen others in the state. He says he prefers cider due to its “lighter, crisper taste,” especially when hoppy micro-brews can be “a heavier drink.” 

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Hungry for Linkage: Ben’s Chili Bowl at Reagan + New Bar Crawl Regulations + Fairfax County Making Life Easier for Food Trucks

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Chili Cheese Fries at Ben's Chili Bowl / Photo by Stefanie Gans

By Ariel Yong

Ben’s Chili Bowl will open its first airport location at Reagan National Airport later this morning. Jack Potter, President and CEO of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, says, “It is fitting to have Ben’s at the airport, welcoming travelers and giving them their first taste of the region.”

Bar crawls in Clarendon may be changing after the Arlington County Board approved new event regulations Saturday. [ARLNow]

Eater asked readers to name their favorite local ice cream shops, and half of the nominees are in Virginia. Favorites include the Nicecream Factory of Arlington, The Creamery of Alexandria and Moo Thru of Bealeton. [EaterDC]

Fairfax County considers easing up on food truck restrictions. [FairfaxCity Patch] 

A handful of Virginia restaurants, such as Huong Viet in Eden Center and Taco Bamba of Falls Church, made the “12 Restaurants Guaranteed to Make You Leave the District” list. [Thrillist] 

Would you rather date a vegetarian or a vegan? [Yahoo]

Silver Line Opens Saturday, Tyson’s to feel parking pinch

By Emily Rust

Silver line opening strains Tysons parking.
(Washington Post)

Washington Flyer Bus Service changes route to Dulles
(Loudoun Times)

Netherlands Embassy invites public to remember Malaysia Airlines crash victims.
(Fox 5)

Driver crashes into Manassas home.
(ABC News)

Arlington approves $2 million to improve Virginia Highlands Park.
(NBC 4)

Eat Up, Cool Down

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

5 Cool Summer Treats

Photo by Jonathan Timmes

Pool parties and “Dexter” marathons aren’t the only ways to catch a chill this summer. Go beyond popsicles and take a global tour of summer treats. —Mary Kong-DeVito

Che Thai @ Song Que
Che Thai is an edible, slurpable treat that bears resemblance to a parfait, a McFlurry and bubble tea all at once. This Vietnamese take on a Thai dessert is a fun creation, put together from an array of ingredients including green pandan jelly, like Jello-O but firmer with a delightful snap; ebony-colored grass jelly, which is soft and lightly lavender-flavored; sweet corn pudding; red pomegranate seeds and more. Topped with crushed ice, half-and-half and a choice of fresh fruits—soft jackfruit, sweet longans, crunchy water chestnuts or juicy lychees—che Thai makes a hot afternoon bearable. Eat it with a spoon or extra-wide straw, both provided. / 6769 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church


Lucuma Ice Cream @ TropQ Creamery
TropQ makes over 50 flavors of ice cream with base ingredients sourced locally. With a focus on exotic Latin and Asian fruits, one of TropQ’s most interesting flavors comes from Peru. Look for the bright Creamsicle-like color and ask for lucuma, pronounced “LOO-koo-mah.” The fruit, a papaya look-alike, is green on the outside, but reveals a golden flesh on the inside that’s bursting with thick caramel flavors. Its rich color is due to an abundance of beta carotene, iron and other superfood powers, so naturally, you should have an extra scoop. / 721 E. Main St., Purcellville


New Zealand Classic Pavlova @ Cassatt’s Kiwi Café
It is said that when Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova toured Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s, a teacake was created in her honor, resembling the gossamer petticoats the prima ballerina wore in “Swan Lake.” The Pavlova cake, with whispery layers of fresh fruit, meringue and cream, is just as light. No one knows definitively which country it originates from, and much like Russell Crowe, both countries have laid claim to it, each declaring it their national dish. / 4536 Lee Highway, Arlington


Ube @ Bistro 7107
Ube is a purple yam indigenous to Asia and popular in the Philippines. Like Prince, it sports a bold violet color that is hard to miss, and just like the provocative singer, ube isn’t afraid to bare its flesh. Similar to a sweet potato, ube’s sugar content is ideal for making desserts. At Bistro 7107, the root vegetable is blended with coconut milk, chilled and formed into ube jalaya, a vibrant, rich cake with a texture not unlike flourless chocolate cake. / 513 23rd St. S, Arlington


Firnee @ Mazadar
A traditional Persian dish usually prepared for religious and special occasions, firnee is simple custard—alabaster-white yet colorfully fragrant—made fresh with milk, cornstarch and sugar, then chilled. With spicy, citrus notes of cardamom, it’s silky and lighter than creme brulee, with the delicate crunch of crushed pistachios. / 11725 Lee Highway, Fairfax

(July 2014)

Deputy charged with shoplifting; Teen immigrants find solace in NoVA schools

By Jessica Godart

Fairfax County Sheriff’s Deputy charged with shoplifting
(Loudoun Times

Teen immigrants take comfort in services from NoVA schools 

Ceasefire in Israel ends
(ABC News

One more day of rain for NoVA then relief
(The Washington Post

Hungry For Linkage: Free Creamy Corn at Copperwood Tavern + Bonefish Grill Opening Arlington Location + American’s Coffee Consumption by the Numbers

Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 14th, 2014

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By Allison Michelli

Lindt chocolate makes plans to buy Russell Stover Candy [NYT]

Bonefish Grill’s first Arlington location set to open middle of August. [ARLNow]

Dunkin’ Donuts sells 30 cups of coffee every second, plus a whole video of coffee stats. [WaPo]

D.I.Y. ice cream treats to keep you cool this summer. [Buzzfeed]

Your guide to the best bacon in America. The results will make you squeal with joy. [CNN]

Make a dinner reservation at Copperwood Tavern for Monday, July 14 using OpenTable and get a free creamed corn side with the purchase of an entree.

Control stress levels by choosing the right foods to eat. [NPR]

Celebrate Bastille Day in NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Friday, July 11th, 2014

Bastille Day in Paris / Photo by Stefanie Gans

By Ariel Yong

French or not, if you’re looking to celebrate Bastille Day, here are six places with French-inspired deals for the Monday holiday. Some celebrations begin tomorrow and have a few reservations left.  

Starting Saturday
Creme de la Creme is having a three-day event starting Saturday and ending Monday that includes French treats and discounts on items “Made in France.” / Various locations

Fontaine Caffe & Creperie is celebrating all weekend long with French cheese and sparkling cider tastings. / 119 South Royal St., Alexandria 

Vive la Revolution! Bastille Restaurant is serving a three course prix fixe menu for $39 from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The menu includes shrimp beignets and citrus cantaloupe panacotta. / 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria (limited availability as of this morning) 

2941 Restaurant and Chef Bertrand Chemel invite you to “A Taste of France Dinner” with a seven course tasting menu. / 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church

On Monday, The Wine House is celebrating with a Burgundy Dinner featuring Albert Bichot with special guest and host Guillaume Suss. Entrees include escargot and tuna tartare. / 3950 University Drive, Suite 212, Fairfax (1 reservation left as of this morning)

A free round-trip ticket to Paris and free champagne? La Cote D’Or Cafe is hosting a Waiter’s Race at 2:15 p.m on Monday. Carry a martini glass full of champagne on a waiter’s tray, finish the race with the most champagne left in the glass and you’re heading to Paris for free. Choose dinner entrees from a prix fixe menu and there will be free champagne and live music. / 6876 Lee Highway, Arlington 

Twinpanzee Brewing Company Will Try to Bring Craft Beer to the College Set + Free Tasting Preview this Saturday

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

By Ariel Yong

“The first time I had my first true craft beer [a Sam Adams lager] was while I was a student at George Mason and I always thought it would be cool if one of the over-21 students gets introduced to really good beer by trying one of our brews,” says Antonio Maradiaga, which is why Maradiaga is scouting for space for his upcoming brewery, Twinpanzee Brewing Company, near his alma matter. 

Born and raised in Fairfax County, the GMU alum studied English and psychology and wanted to be an elementary school teacher. But after building his computer skills during graduate school, Maradiaga switched to a career as an IT developer. He started home brewing in 2008 and relied on feedback from his family and friends while coming up with recipes. After sitting around one evening and drinking one of his home brews with his wife, the couple entertained the idea of doing it full time.

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