The 2017 Taste of Annandale, a family-friendly community festival, has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14.

This will be third Taste of Annandale, building on the success of the first two events, in 2015 and 2016.

Once again, “the Taste” will be 10 a.m-6 p.m. along Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale, between Columbia Pike and John Marr Drive. There is no charge to attend.

Local restaurants and food trucks will be selling food all day, and there will be live entertainment, featuring music and dance from a variety of cultures.

The morning starts with the annual Taste of Annandale 5K Race. In one big change from last year, the race will start and finish in the Kmart parking lot on John Marr Drive.

The festival also features a full schedule of children’s programming hosted by the ACCA Child Development Center; a chili cook-off pitting the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department, the 2016 winner, against the Mason Police District; and booths hosted by local businesses and organizations.

Three sponsors have already signed on: the Annandale Rotary Club, Annandale United Methodist Church, and the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Virginia.

The Taste of Annandale is aimed at encouraging community engagement, celebrating Annandale’s diversity, and shining a spotlight on local restaurants and businesses. Funds raised by the event will support a project benefiting Annandale youths.

If you’re interested in being a sponsor, food vendor, other participant, or volunteer, contact the 2017 Taste of Annandale chair Bob Kahane, Annandale Rotary Club president,, or Ellie Ashford, Annandale Blog editor,