Taste of Arlington

Event Date: 
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Free Event
Food Festivals
Food & Drink
Included Items: 
food and drink tastings with ticket purchases

The Largest Festival Showcasing Arlington’s Food Scene and Benefiting Local Arlington Charities


Restaurants & Food Trucks

It would take weeks to sample over 60 Arlington restaurants and food trucks most flavorful dishes, but not at Taste of Arlington where you can do it in just one day!  

We have 60+ restaurants, food trucks and talented chefs who will serve up their specialties at this year's festival along Wilson Boulevard in Ballston – from the most innovative concepts to international cuisine and under-the-radar eats. Sample the tastes, textures, smells and beautiful presentation of food at each restaurant tent. Taste of Arlington showcases the incredible energy and diversity of our region's amazing food scene.  New this year is the addition of food trucks to the mix!

“Like” the Taste of Arlington Facebook page to share your findings and post your pictures. You are encouraged to not only comment on the food, but also on the general impression of the tent.

Restaurants will be competing in the “Best of the Best” food competition in the following categories: Best Appetizer, Best Brunch, Best Fast Casual Entrée, Best Fine Dining Entrée, Best Dessert, Best Food Truck, and Fan Favorite. Winners will be announced at 5:00pm on the main concert stage.

Best of the Best Awards

Taste of Arlington Particpating Restaurants and Food Trucks will be competing in the “Best of the Best” food competition the day of in the following categories:

  •  Best Appetizer
  •  Best Fast Casual Entrée
  •  Best Fine Dining Entrée
  •  Best Dessert
  •  Best Food Truck
  •  Fan Favorite- voted on by YOU on the BallstonConnect mobile App!

Winners will be announced at 5:00pm on the main concert stage.

Tickets & VIP Passes

General admission is free this year. Tickets are required to purchase beer, wine and Tastes. A VIP pass may be purchased for exclusive access to the lounge which will open at 11:00am -- one hour prior to the festival. Enjoy a VIP happy hour until noon where we will be serving complimentary beer, wine and food provided by Earl's Sandwiches. The VIP lounge has a private bar to avoid long lines, and comfortable seating to enjoy your Tastes with friends. VIP pass includes 1 Taste Ticket Book and 5 drink tickets. Tickets are required to purchase beer, wine and spirits from noon to 6:00pm in the VIP Lounge.

Tickets are not required for games in the KidZone. Entry into the BarkPark is subject to maintaining a safe capacity. Register your dog at the check-in area at Oakland Park. It is $15 cash/credit card for entry to the BarkPark that includes a Taste 2018 dog bandanna (as supplies last) and 1 Taste ticket.

Restaurants and food trucks will be offering Tastes for tasting tickets. Event organizers have recommended 1-2 tickets per taste but the actual tickets collected per taste is subject to the Restaurant or Food Truck's discretion the day of the event.