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Our Taste calendar chronicles all things epicurean, from wine dinners and degustation events to cookbook signings and culinary demos.
Port City Brewery Turns 5
Help celebrate the anniversary of Port City Brewing Company with a party. Food trucks Ada’s Kitchen on Wheels, Borinquen Lunch Box, DC Slices, and Rocklands BBQ will be serving; no tickets are required, beer and food are both available for purchase, and there will also be live music. // Port City Brewing Company
Chocolate Lovers Festival
Celebrate chocolate at the two-day festival, complete with The Chocolate Challenge, an arts contest featuring chocolate art, chocolate vendors offering samples and products at The Taste of Chocolate, and a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast serving chocolate chip pancakes. // Old Town Fairfax
Alexandria Restaurant Week
Jan. 29-Feb. 7
The winter edition of the popular pre-fixe dining event includes a variety of options with a $35 three-course dinner, $35 dinner-for-two or lunch deals between $10-$20. New restaurants participating this year include Magnolia’s on King and Carluccio’s. // Alexandria
The George Washington Cherry Challenge
Jan. 28-Feb. 11
Sonoma Cellar offers a menu built around George Washington’s Cherry Tree fame. A pre-fix menu of 3 courses is $35, or choose from cherry-themed servings, featuring cherry-pecan brie, cherry chutney, and cherry coulis. // Sonoma Cellar
The Art Of The Cocktail
Fridays Feb. 5-19
Catoctin Creek Distilling Company hosts a six-part series on the history of various cocktails, with samples, of course. February’s classes include talks on New Orleans’ Sazerac, moonshine’s past and present and toddies and other warm cocktails. // Catoctin Creek, 120 W. Main St., Purcellville
Road Trip Beer Series
Beer-centric restaurant Rustico hosts a new series dedicated to showcasing craft beers from across the United States, starting out west with California. The beer dinners will feature multiple breweries from the state. // Rustico, 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria
Sweetheart’s Soirée – A Night of Dinner & Dancing
Feb. 13, 6-9 p.m.
Dance along to classic songs by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, taste the featured wines, and indulge in a three-course meal prepared by Chef Author Clark. Breaux Vineyards hosts a $105/person Valentine’s Day evening of music and good food to enjoy with a sweetheart. // Breaux Vineyards
Colossal V Bottle Release
In honor of its 5th anniversary, Port City Brewing Company is launching Colossal V, a limited edition ale inspired by old English traditional ales. One four pack of the beer per person is available for online reservation, as a very limited number will be sold at the brewery and select retailers. // Port City Brewing Company
American Malt Whisky Release
Catoctin Creek releases Kings Mountain Malt Whisky, available with the sister beer, Kings Mountain scotch ale. Taking place at Magnolias, this event will also feature a tap takeover. // Magnolias at the Mill, 198 N 21st St, Purcellville
The Vine: Big, Bold, and Beautiful
Feb. 25, 7-9:30 p.m.
Make it a ladies night out at 868 Estate Vineyards, for a four-wine tasting showcasing “big wines”, paired with seasonally-inspired food and desserts. Tickets are $40 per person, and include wine and food. // 868 Estate Vineyards