Crowds of people converged on Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale Saturday, Oct 15, for the third annual Taste of Annandale. People of all ages enjoyed live shows, food, and fun at the street festival on a perfect fall day.

Hungry festival-goers has 17 food vendors to choose among, including restaurants, food trucks, and a farmers market.

Monarca in Flight.

Eleven groups appeared on the Showmobile stage, presenting a range of acts, from Bolivian and Hawaiian music and dance to martial arts, from swing dancing to Chinese and American music, and much more.

The Annandale Volunteer Fire Department won the chili contest for the second year in a row, beating the Mason Police District. Members of the public tried samples from both pots of chili and voted for their favorite.

The Taste of Annandale Committee thanks Title Sponsors BB&T Bank and Bill Page Toyota/Page Chevrolet for their generous support. The Taste of Annandale couldn’t have happened without them – and support from the 17 other sponsors. Dozens of vendors also contributed to the success of the Taste of Annandale.

Children and their families enjoyed a whole day of live entertainment and activities at the ACCA Child Development Center organized by the center’s director Maria-Isabel Ballivian.

Mark Naylor won the Taste of Annandale 5K with a time of 19:53:24. Amy Servas was the top female runner, with a time of 24:29:34.

Lucky, a puppy belonging to Jefferson Soto, won the “best overall” prize in the pet contest hosted by Chico’s Natural Pet Market, a sponsor of the Taste of Annandale.

Local leaders and Title Sponsors present welcoming remarks. From the left: Annandale High School Principal Timothy Thomas; school board member Sandy Evans (Mason), Taste of Annandale Committee Chair Bob Kahane; Mason Supervisor Penny Gross; state Sen. Dave Marsden; Diego Garcia, sales manager, Bill Page Toyota; and BB&T Vice President Raymond Kim.

Silverado won in the “overall best restaurant” category in the Annies, the awards sponsored by the Annandale Blog. The other winners were: Best Korean restaurant – Honey Pig, best restaurant for breakfast;brunch – JukeBox Diner, best restaurant for pizza – Valentinos, and best restaurant for chicken – BonChon. Members of the community voted for their favorites.