FYIDC: Best Bets

This week, eat yourself silly — all in the name of philanthropy.

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Photo courtesy Southern Foodways Alliance via Flickr

Safeway National BBQ Battle
Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, June 23, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania Avenue
Between 9th and 14th streets NW
202-828-3099
$12 adults; $5 kids ages 6-12. Available here.

The 21st National Barbecue Championship brings barbecue pit masters from across the country to battle it out for over $40,000 in cash and prizes, benefiting Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, Capital Area Food Bank and other charitable causes. This year, top military chefs will also get the chance to take home culinary honors in a cook-off benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Old Town, Alexandria, Va. (Photo by Kevin H. via Flickr)

Old Town, Alexandria, Va. (Photo by Kevin H. via Flickr)

Alexandria Food and Wine Festival
Saturday, June 22
Noon – 7 p.m.
John Carlyle Square Park
300 John Carlyle St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Free admission; $15 for 8 taste tickets (one to four tickets per item); $10 per person for wine garden

If you haven’t been to Old Town lately, this Saturday might be the right time. Restaurants like Trademark Eat and Drink, Theisman’s, Alexandria Cupcake and more will be on hand offering samples and competing for best course. This year’s festivities include an expanded wine garden featuring 15 wineries and lively flamenco guitar, reggae and Swing music. Plus, kids get their own activities in the Children’s Corner with a moon bounce and arts and crafts, all benefiting Alive!

Jose Andres' launches "Dine 'n Dash." (Courtesy photo)

Jose Andres’ launches “Dine ‘n Dash.” (Courtesy photo)

“Dine ‘n Dash”
Tuesday, June 25
6 p.m.-10 p.m.
6 restaurants in Penn Quarter (see below)
$150 culinary tour. Available here.

Now’s your chance to “dine and dash” for a good cause. Thanks to Chef Jose Andres, adventurous foodies can tour some of Penn Quarter’s best restaurants in one night, all for a good cause — Andre’s World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit delivering sustainable food programs in Haiti. One ticket gets you into Azur, Jaleo, Oyamel, Poste, Proof and Zaytinya.

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