Sunday Road Closures Planned for Taste of Arlington

by ARLnow.com May 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm 3,634 61 Comments

The 25th annual Taste of Arlington will be held in Ballston this coming Sunday, May 20, from noon to 5:00 p.m.

Taste of Arlington is the county’s largest food festival, attracting some 15,000 attendees every year. More than 35 local restaurants — including newcomers — Memphis Barbeque, Zoe’s Kitchen, World of Beer and Cava Mezze — are expected to participate in this year’s event.

Taste of Arlington is held on Wilson Boulevard in front of Ballston Common Mall. Arlington County police will be closing some roads in the area to accommodate the event. The following streets are scheduled to be closed from 2:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Wilson Boulevard eastbound at Glebe Road
  • Wilson Boulevard westbound at N. Randolph Street
  • N. Stuart Street between N. 9th Street and Wilson Boulevard
  • N. 9th Street between N. Stafford Street and N. Stuart Street (open to Metrobus traffic only)

Disclosure: Ballston BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser

  • Frivolous

    See you there

  • Lines

    I can’t wait to stand in line for a half and hour for a single bite to eat. It’s going to be awesome!!

    • BrianKal

      Second that .. i live literally overlooking the festival and will not go. The lines get too long and are poorly managed. It’s not worth it, you can barely walk too on Wilson by the food vendors since they don’t space it out well enough.

  • Corey

    Unbelievable. Yet another give-away for the hipster crowd.

    You haven’t heard the last from homeowners on this subject, I can tell you that. These free events bring all sorts of riff-raff to the area, and we’re concerned about our property values. My kids have places to be, and we’ll not stand for yet more encroachment and road closures.

    Suburban, not urban!

    • nom de guerre

      Pass-not going to bite on this one.

      • Cray-see Ates

        Agree with the Core-dog. You need an AMRAP just to get your kids from Sam’s Corner to the sewage spill cleanup volunteer registration when these things are happening.

        • Pentagonist

          You mean MRAP.

    • Bluemontsince1961


    • hipster

      Will Trev be hogging the pizza vendors again? Last year he took my slice and kicked dirt from the tree pit in my face.

    • cyclist

      Road closures? My kids have places they need to be!

    • Trevvy Fryes and Pizza

      You wouldn’t harsh on it if you tasted my garlic pizza, brah

    • ptep

      Corey, sounds like you live in the wrong neighborhood

    • ptep

      The line between serious and sarcasm on here is astonishingly vague. I sincerely hope – for your sake, your family, your neighbors, and your homeowners association’s sake – that this is the latter.

  • John

    I remember when they had this event in the Ballston food court. Street festivals were unheard of and indoor food courts were cutting edge.

  • HighViewPunk

    Will Goodys have a booth?

    • malaka

      Goodys is a booth

  • Chris

    Has anyone been to World of Beer? How is it?

    • drax

      The website says it’s scheduled to open in July.

    • Cookout

      I don’t think the Ballston location has opened yet. I haven’t been over there lately, though, as my passport is expired.

  • Matt B

    Glad to see they didn’t learn from their mistakes last year and are keeping the space of the event the same. Good plan Ballston BID someone should give you guys a medal.

    • BrianKal

      don’t forget this year it will be even more packed in as there are adding many new vendors. Ballston BID #fail
      Main reason I will not attend, you cannot even walk in there

      • Cray-see Ates

        Thanks. I had forgotten that. #helpful

        • Trev

          Thanks, #bros.

  • Cray-see Ates

    Hubba hubba on those jean shorts

    • hipster

      ditto the guns on the dude, bro.

  • CW

    Went two years ago and it was good VERY early on; think I will pass this year. I have been to similar events in other cities and they spread them out over a site much larger than this, though I do understand the logistical challenges involved here.

  • JB

    Somebody should put pizza, burgers, cupcakes, and froyo in a blender and serve it from a food truck as a “Taste of Arlington” smoothie.

    • WeiQiang


    • BlueLoom

      + another 1

  • What impact will this have on my bocce game?

  • JimPB

    An enduring annual event that, based on the number of vendors and attendees, is quite popular — and a sign of vitality.

  • Stu

    I heard Sam’s Deli will be there, but they’ll only be serving food from 12:36 to 12:53. If you can get one it will be the best sandwich you ever ate though.

    • nom de guerre

      Sam’s Corner will also be serving Trevor Frye’s at this event due to overwhelming public demand.

  • student

    Why is everyone being salty about this? Its a community event for an urban suburban area. its good for venders, adds buzz to our community,and u get to try something new. we are a role model county for the country, really. It doesnt take more than a block or two of space. People today focus to much on the negative, if you cant commute at the pace you want for a day without throwing a fuss over the internet then reevaluate yourself. There are people today that live in fear of their lives or starving slowly.. And you complain? ITS FREE!! Lol smh

    • Lines

      Who said it was free? You have to pay for each “taste” with pre-bought tickets.

    • Stu

      Because we’ve turned bitter and jaded from watching our students become people that can’t spell, use punctuation, or capitalize a sentence properly. Stay in school.

      • drax

        It’s people “who” can’t spell. Never make a grammar error when you’re bashing someone else’s English skills.

    • Maria

      Apparently you’ve never gone…?

      • drax

        Yes, it’s clear Student hasn’t actually been there.

    • 5555624

      “It doesnt take more than a block or two of space.”

      That’s the biggest problem. They pack too many food vendors into a space and make it too difficult for the people attending. Either they have no concept of space or they think only 100 people are going to show up.

      This does not make us a “role model county for the country.” Other places have “Taste of” type festival. Usually it’s a city or neighborhood and not a county. This makes Arlington look like a city-wannabee.

      • speonjosh

        “county” and “city” are just words, holmes.

      • drax

        Arlington is a city, dude. It’s a county in name only.

  • Cyrus

    I would ammend that to “People today- on this message board -focus too much on the negative”

    Most of us enjoy street festivals.

    • ptep


  • DarkHeart

    Beef on Weck

    • malaka

      f off back to buffalo

    • Michael H.

      There actually used to be a small place called “A Little Bit of Buffalo, N.Y.” in the Georgetown Park food court. They served beef on weck along with Buffalo wings and Genessee Cream Ale. Of course, the owners are redeveloping that entire mall. It’s almost empty now.

  • why not on Saturday bro?

    do they have this on Sundays so Trevor and his crew dont pregame and make a day of it?

  • JA

    Do I need to buy a ticket to enter the event? Or just for samples?

    • Maria

      Just for samples.

  • KalashniKEV

    I’d like a taste…

  • Jack

    You guys néed to get a life!!!

    • Trev

      What’s with the accent, brah?

      • fauxnews

        Trevvie, brah, ur still in jail.

  • brah

    Just FYI, Taste of Arl is a charity event, so don’t harsh on it too bad.

    • JohnB2

      One of the booth managers told me they get 75 cents per ticket. That’s 20% of the $30 card. Hopefully the 3 beneficiaries of this year’s event get most of the remaining 80%.

      • drax

        One of the beneficiaries is a substance abuse recovery org. Explains the tiny beer cups.

  • SamW

    I went to the festival yesterday and had a good time. It wasn’t packed, most samples were hearty, and there were only a few lines that were absurdly long (Brgr Shack, Whole Foods and Bangkok Bistro). My major complaint was the lack of signage for/location of the ticket stands. We walked all over looking for the Will Call tent, which was not with the Cash/Credit tent near N Randolph, but was in a courtyard on N Stuart, out of view from the main path.

  • JohnB2

    My main complaint this year was the tiny beers they served. They were like 4 or 6 oz portions in small cups. I ended up getting a plastic cup from the ShopArlington booth and then pouring 2 mini-beers into it. After a while they just filled the cup directly (for 2 tickets) which saved some time and plastic. They had wine this year too.

    On the upside, the beer, ticket, and ID lines were almost nil this year, despite the event being super-croweded. They had many “upscale” beers (Newcastle, Gordon Biersch) and no Miller Lite/Bud Light.

    A suggestion I have for next year is to put the general address (Columbia Pike) or neighborhood (Ballston) of the restaurant under the title on the booth signs. That way it’s easier to know what’s close to you in the enent you like the samples.

    • CW

      Brah ya just gotta pregame it know what I’m sayin? More tix left for burgers then duhhhhhhhh.

  • I’ll be there 😀


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