Celebrating DC's Colorful Side at the 4th Annual Eat/Drink Local

By Thomas Martin, Edible DC Contributor Photos by Jai Williams

 Guests enjoying our food themed photo booth designed by Limonata Creative and photographed by Tom McCorkle.

Guests enjoying our food themed photo booth designed by Limonata Creative and photographed by Tom McCorkle.

Some would say that summer begins on June 21, but DC foodies know that the true harbinger of summertime is EdibleDC's Eat/Drink Local event. Hosted once again at the Long View Gallery in Shaw, our fourth annual celebration put the theme of color front and center this year. From sultry red wines and pistachio green macarons to drag queens clad in pink boas and guests dressed in saturated shades, the festive embrace of all things colorful was front and center that night. In true EdibleDC fashion, a thunderstorm swept into town just as the event began. But even the rain could not dampen our excitement. 

 BITE ME marquee letters by BRIGHTLY Ever After. 

BITE ME marquee letters by BRIGHTLY Ever After. 

Guests enjoyed drinks and bites from restaurants, wineries, distilleries, and breweries from throughout the DMV, and made everlasting memories with our photo booth. VIP guests went home with yellow jute EdibleDC gift bags overflowing with goodies. We'd like to give a special thanks to both our sponsors and our vendors—this event wouldn't be possible without you. See a photo recap of the event that follows. 

 Blue Duck Tavern dessert. 

Blue Duck Tavern dessert. 

 Carlie Steiner of Himitsu and guest enjoying the "District of Color" event. 

Carlie Steiner of Himitsu and guest enjoying the "District of Color" event. 

 Welcome Thibaut-Janisson sparkling for all guests brought to you by the Mandy & David Team.

Welcome Thibaut-Janisson sparkling for all guests brought to you by the Mandy & David Team.

 Incredible cheese spread by Cheesmonster.

Incredible cheese spread by Cheesmonster.

 The Spring issue of EdibleDC Magazine. 

The Spring issue of EdibleDC Magazine. 

 Spicy tuna pillows from the Fish team.

Spicy tuna pillows from the Fish team.

 The incredible Mandy & David VIP gift bags.

The incredible Mandy & David VIP gift bags.

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 Lyon Distilling and Gray Wolf Distilling. 

Lyon Distilling and Gray Wolf Distilling. 

 Lyon Distilling and Gray Wolf Distilling. 

Lyon Distilling and Gray Wolf Distilling. 

 O-Ku tuna tartare. 

O-Ku tuna tartare. 

 Republic Restoratives Borough Bourbon and other local spirits. 

Republic Restoratives Borough Bourbon and other local spirits. 

 The Mandy & David team enjoying the photo-booth.

The Mandy & David team enjoying the photo-booth.

 Service Bar punch.

Service Bar punch.

 The Homestead team. 

The Homestead team. 

 Troegs Brewing Co on deck with various beers including their Crimson Pistil IPA.

Troegs Brewing Co on deck with various beers including their Crimson Pistil IPA.

 One Eight Distilling with their newly designed bottles and labels #DistrictMade. 

One Eight Distilling with their newly designed bottles and labels #DistrictMade. 

 A guest snagging social media pictures at the event. 

A guest snagging social media pictures at the event. 

 Chef Tony Chittum from Iron Gate Restaurant. 

Chef Tony Chittum from Iron Gate Restaurant. 

 Doi Moi serving local oysters with naam jim mignonette.

Doi Moi serving local oysters with naam jim mignonette.

 The Smith, now with two locations in DC, serving toasted ricotta gnocchi with white truffle cream and their Frozen French 75 slushee. 

The Smith, now with two locations in DC, serving toasted ricotta gnocchi with white truffle cream and their Frozen French 75 slushee. 

 Drag queen Helluva Bottom Carter poses with Libby Living Colorfully and Diego Downtown. 

Drag queen Helluva Bottom Carter poses with Libby Living Colorfully and Diego Downtown. 

 Bitches Who Brunch, Libby Living Colorfully, and Holley Simmons dressing in theme for the "District of Color."

Bitches Who Brunch, Libby Living Colorfully, and Holley Simmons dressing in theme for the "District of Color."

 The Astro Doughnuts team served crème brûlée and strawberry rhubarb minis doughnuts.

The Astro Doughnuts team served crème brûlée and strawberry rhubarb minis doughnuts.

 Sloppy Mama's BBQ brisket.

Sloppy Mama's BBQ brisket.

Thanks to our amazing event partners which include:

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