The 2017 Taste of Annandale, a family-friendly community festival, will happen on Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., along Tom Davis Drive in the center of Annandale, between Columbia Pike and John Marr Drive.
This will be the third Taste of Annandale, building on the success of the first two events in 2015 and 2016.
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. There is no cost to attend.
The annual Taste of Annandale 5K Race will take place in the morning before the festival starts.
The festival also features a full schedule of children’s programming, a chili cook-off, and booths hosted by local businesses and organizations.
The Taste of Annandale is aimed at encouraging community engagement, celebrating Annandale’s diversity, and shining a spotlight on local restaurants and businesses.
The Taste of Annandale Steering Committee is chaired by Bob Kahane, president of the Annandale Rotary Club.
The other committee members are Rev. Clarence Brown, senior pastor of Annandale United Methodist Church, Annandale businessman Steve Lee; Nancy Hall, former board member of the ACCA Child Development Center; Kathleen O’Leary, of the Fairfax County Police Department; Fran Tunick, the chief aide for Mason Supervisor Penny Gross; Peter Huyn, a chiropractor and owner of the Spinal Health Group; Ellie Ashford, editor of the Annandale Blog; Patricia Moreno, of Anthem Healthkeepers Plus; and David Roach; and Norma Lopez, of the Fairfax County Department of Community and Neighborhood Services.
Maria Isabel Ballivian, executive director of the ACCA Child Development Center, is in charge of organizing the children’s activities.
Rep. Gerry Connolly serves as the honorary chair of the Taste of Annandale and has been invited to speak at the opening ceremony, along with other elected officials.
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 with Neighborhood and Community Services with support from the Fairfax County 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, business community, and local organizations, decided to keep the conversation going through an informal group called the Annandale Roundtable.
That group explored ways to improve civic engagement and develop leadership among Annandale’s diverse population. They decided to focus on a youth initiative that would be developed and implemented by students at Annandale High School and agreed to host a community festival, the Taste of Annandale, in 2015, to raise funds for it.
Visit the Taste of Annandale Facebook page for updates on festival activities.