The Taste of Annandale is just around the corner – and lots of plans are falling into place to make this festival a must-attend event for everyone in the Annandale community and beyond.

The third annual Taste of Annandale is Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., on Tom Davis Drive. That’s in the center of Annandale, between Columbia Pike and John Marr Drive. It’s free, and it’s dog friendly, as well as family friendly.

The event features food from local restaurants and food trucks, live entertainment, a 5K race, 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.

The Title Sponsors of the Taste of Annandale are BB&TBankBill Page Toyota, and Page Chevrolet.

Gold Sponsors include the Annandale Rotary ClubAnnandale United Methodist Church, the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Virginia, the Pele Law Offices of Janet Smith Esq., and the Annandale Blog. The Silver Sponsors are ACCA Child Development Center, Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Barnside Diner, Burke & Herbert BankChico’s Natural Pet MarketCongressional School, the Couts Group/Coldwell Banker, DaVita Dialysis Center, Fairfax Radiology, The Parliaments, and Windows Plus.

It’s not too late to sign on as a sponsor, food vendor, or non-food vendor. To learn more about sponsorship and vendor opportunities, contact Taste of Annandale Committee Chair Bob Kahane, bkahane@cox.net, 703-856-8773.

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.

Here’s what’s planned:

Taste of Annandale 5K Race – The race starts at 10 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot at 4251 John Marr Drive. Runners will head down Columbia Pike, go through Mason District Park, and return to Kmart. That stretch of Columbia Pike will be closed to traffic during the race.

The race is certified by USA Track & Field. Registration for the 5K is $25 for ages 15 and up and $15 for age 14 and younger. Register here.

Food – The following restaurants and food trucks have signed up so far, with more in the process of completing the paperwork: American Legion Bicentennial Post 1976, Annandale High School Culinary Arts Department, Baja Bistro, El Fuego, Empanadas de Mendoza, DC Doner, El Puego, Empanadas de Mendoza, Honey Pig, Peruvian Brothers, Pho Wheels, Phonecia Resto & Lounge.  Poké-Man Food Truck, Tapas, and Tara Thai.

Entertainment – The following acts have been scheduled, with a few more expected to be added: the Monarca in Flight aerial dance group, Blue Book Value Band, Lee’s Hapmudo Martial Arts, “7” Step Hand Dance Academy, Tamure Ataata, Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble, Lee’s Hapmudo Martial Arts, Ukele Hui, and a Chinese traditional dress fashion show.

Additional activities include remarks by local elected leaders, a best-dressed dog contest hosted by Chico’s Natural Pet Market, and presentation of the Annie Awards to the winners of the Annandale Blog’s best restaurant contest.

Children’s program – The ACCA Child Development Center is presenting a full day of entertainment and activities for children, including a “Dino Babies” show from Dinorock Productions, science shows, music and dancing with a DJ, stories, Paw Patrol characters, free book giveaways, crafts, games, and more.

We need volunteers from the community to help make this event a success. If you can help, contact Nancy Hall, nancyitc@aol.com, or fill out the form on the Taste of Annandale website,