Downtown Leesburg’s booming culinary and brewery scene will be on display in the first festival of its kind Saturday, Aug. 11.
Taste Leesburg invites locals and visitors to bring inquisitive palates and empty bellies to a downtown event exploring all the county seat has to offer—from its delectable restaurants to booming brewery scene, even its ample shopping choices.
“We want this to be a taste of everything Leesburg has to offer, not just a taste of what food they have to offer,” said Barb Smith, events coordinator with the town’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Downtown streets will be closed for the event, which will run from 5 to 10 p.m. Shops, restaurants, food trucks, breweries and more will set up tents, offering guests the opportunity to purchase “tastes” of what they have to offer. Participating restaurants will offer $3, $4, and $5 tastes.
“The more you spend, the larger your portion is,” Smith said.
Ticket tents will allow attendees to purchase a tasting glass and two tasting tickets for $10, which can be used to sample the offerings of participating breweries, wineries and cideries. Each additional tasting is $3 and can be purchased directly from the ticket tent, several of which will be set up throughout the event. Attendees pay directly at participating restaurant tents or food trucks for tastes of their menus.
Among those expected to participate are Dog Money Restaurant, which will have both food and beer available; Black Walnut Brewery; Quattro Goomba, offering both wine and beer; Notaviva Vineyards; Wild Hare Cidery; China King Restaurant; Fractured Prune doughnut shop; 5 Tara Indian Cuisine; and Pittsburgh Rick’s food truck.
In addition to the ample food and beverage offerings, non-food vendors, including the downtown’s own Very Virginia shop, will also host booths and may extend their hours for the event.
Entertainment offerings will also be aplenty, with three stages. There will be live music at the corner of King and Market streets and on the Town Green stage. A stage at the corner of Cornwall and King streets will host food demonstrations for the first half of the event and karaoke the second half.
It will be a rain or shine event, provided that the weather is not dangerous, Smith said.
“Just bring your umbrella and don’t worry about it,” she joked.
Parking will be available in the downtown lots and garages, and a shuttle will also be provided from Ida Lee Park, where the front festival field will also be provided for parking. The free shuttle will bring guests from Ida lee to the corner of Wirt and Market streets.
King Street from Loudoun to North streets will be closed to traffic during the event, as well as Market Street from Church to Wirt streets.
Find more information at tasteleesburg.com.