The annual Taste of Annandale, a family-friendly street festival on Tom Davis Drive, is aimed at encouraging community engagement, celebrating Annandale’s diversity, and shining a spotlight on local restaurants and businesses.
The Taste of Annandale is a project of the Annandale-Mason Roundtable., a group of stakeholders from local businesses and nonprofits.
The roundtable is chaired by Bob Kahane of the Annandale Rotary Club. The members, all volunteers, include Annandale residents and business leaders. Maria Isabel Ballivian, executive director of the ACCA Child Development Center, organizes the children’s program; the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Development provides logistical support; and the Fairfax County Police Department provides security.
The idea for the Taste of Annandale evolved from the “Dialogues on Diversity,” a series of community forums at Annandale High School in 2010 and 2011 facilitated by the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services with support from the Police Department. Those sessions sought to promote communication among long-time Annandale residents and newcomers from other countries.
In 2012, a group of Annandale stakeholders, including representatives from the police department, business community, and local organizations, decided to keep the conversation going through an informal group called the Annandale Roundtable, which was later incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity.
Proceeds from the Taste of Annandale support the Re-Imagining Community initiative, in which high school students use art and poetry for community engagement. This program is a partnership of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, Mason District Police Station, and the George Mason University School of Art.
Visit the Taste of Annandale Facebook page for updates.