Best DC-area food and drink festivals this summer

WASHINGTON — Whether it’s crabs you crave or wine you want, chances are, there’s a festival to fit your food fixations.

Here are some of the best food and drink festivals in the area this summer. Some are close by, others require a quick road trip.

36th Annual Vintage Virginia Wine Festival
June 3 and 4, Centreville, Virginia  Don’t have the time to visit all the established and emerging wineries in the Commonwealth? Sample several in one spot at the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival. Sip on small pours, purchase your favorite bottles and relax to live music. There will even be activities for young ones. (AP/Chris Tilley) (AP/Chris Tilley)
Beer enthusiasts joined Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and Samuel Adams’ Jim Koch to uncork SAVOR Flowers. The ale was aged in Jim’s original extreme beer barrel, Barrel One, and brewed with lavender, hibiscus, jasmine, distilled rosewater, and a newly-discovered hop breed, Friday, June 3, 2011, in Washington. (Nick Wass/AP Images for Dogfish Head and Samuel Adams)
SAVOR 
June 2 and 3, Washington, D.C.  Calling all craft beer and food aficionados: SAVOR is back, and this year’s event brings together 86 breweries from across the country. Get your taste buds ready for countless beer and food pairings. (AP Photo) (Nick Wass/AP Images for Dogfish Head and Samuel Adams)
This photo taken April 7, 2014, shows fresh strawberries in a UC Davis strawberry field in Watsonville, Calif. Douglas Shaw spent his career toiling in the fields in California to grow the perfect strawberry, one that was plump and bright red yet remained sweet even after the long trip to grocery stores across the country. When the professor retired from the University of California at Davis and set up his own strawberry-breeding business, though, he found himself in a legal jam. In a case set for trial in federal court later this month, the university is suing Shaw and his scientific partner, saying they stole the school's intellectual property by taking some of the fruits of their research with them. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times via AP)
Sandy Spring Strawberry Festival
June 3, Sandy Spring, Maryland  This event, now in its 36th year, attracts more than 6,000 attendees to the Sandy Spring Museum for live music, food, a beer garden and activities for children, including a petting zoo and pony rides. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times via AP)
Summerfest DC Beer, Wine and Music Festival
June 3 and 4, Washington, D.C.  Expect live music, outdoor games, food and unlimited pours of craft beer, wine and cider. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (AP/John Bazemore)
Blooming Hill Lavender Festival
June 9 and 10, Purcellville, Virginia  If you’re looking for a more relaxing weekend, check out the Blooming Hill Lavender Festival in Purcellville, Virginia. When you’re done picking your own lavender (perhaps to make lavender ice cream or lavender shortbread cookies), relax with a lavender tea in the garden. (WTOP/Rachel Nania) (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Riedel Wine Glass on the display at Wine Spectator Wine Seminar "Blending The Rules" Featuring JUSTIN & Landmark Vineyards during the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE at the Miami Beach Convention Center on February 22, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Carlos Barrios/Getty Images For SOBEWFF)
Annapolis Arts and Wine Festival
June 10 and 11, Annapolis, Maryland
Take a day trip to Annapolis and delight in the perfect pairing: art and wine. This festival will also have live music, food and auctions. (Photo by Carlos Barrios/Getty Images) (Getty Images For SBWFF/Carlos Barrios)
Summer Escape at Mount Vernon
June 9 and 10, Mount Vernon, Virginia  Watch the sun set at the first president’s estate on the Potomac River while sipping on craft beer, sampling local fare and listening to bluegrass. There will also be historic demonstrations and games at Mount Vernon’s Summer Escape. (AP Photo) (AP/MLADEN ANTONOV)
Hop Blossom Craft Beer Festival
June 10, Winchester, Virginia  Old Town Winchester will host this annual beer festival, which features more than 40 breweries, live entertainment and a home-brew competition. (AP/Dean Fosdick) (AP/Dean Fosdick)
An employee serves a BBQ pork sandwich from Squeal Bar-B-Q at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Friday, May 1, 2015. Although the festival is mostly known for its diversity of musical acts big and small, festival-goers also rave about the food available, featuring Louisiana and Southern culinary offerings from over 70 vendors spread across the festival grounds. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ 
June 16 and 17, National Harbor, Maryland  Head over to National Harbor and celebrate three of the culinary world’s finest products: beer, bourbon and barbecue. There will also be live music and educational seminars at the festival. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (AP/Gerald Herbert)
Vine on the Waterfront Food and Wine Festival
June 24, Alexandria, Virginia  Alexandria’s food and wine festival returns June 24 at Oronoco Bay Park. There will be plenty of local food, wine, artisans and entertainment for the whole family. (Courtesy Alexandria Food & Wine) (Alexandria Food & Wine )
A worker pours a glass of beer for customers at the Halve Maan Brewery in Bruges, Belgium on Thursday, May 26, 2016. The brewery has recently created a beer pipeline which will ship beer straight from the brewery to the bottling plant, two kilometers away, through underground pipes running between the two sources. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
NOVA BrewFest 
June 24 and 25, Centreville, Virginia  Celebrate summer with suds, food, arts and crafts, and live entertainment at the 10th Annual Northern Virginia Summer BrewFest. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) (AP)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR KINGSFORD - Rescue Smokers team captain Robby Royal prepares his "Pick Your Pork" entry during the Kingsford Invitational on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26, New York. (Photo by Matt Peyton/Invision for Kingsford/AP Images)
Giant National Capital BBQ Battle
June 24 and 25, Washington, D.C.  While some of the best barbecue cooks battle it out, sample food from participating vendors, sit in on a cooking demonstration and cheer on the competitive eaters in the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. (AP Images) (Invision for Kingsford/Matt Peyton)
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
June 29-July 4 and July 8 and 9, Washington, D.C.  This year’s theme focuses on the art of the American circus. There’s always food, art, culture and entertainment at the annual festival on the National Mall. (AP Images) (AP/Molly Riley)
Festival goers dance to Walk The Moon at BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival at Napa Valley Expo on Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Napa, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
Red, White & Brew Beer and Wine Festival
July 1 and 2, Washington, D.C. 
General admission gets you unlimited pours of beer, cider and wine, plus access to food trucks and an artisan market. (AP Photo) (Amy Harris/Invision/AP/Amy Harris)
Taco, Beer & Tequila Festival
July 15, Washington, D.C.  This summer, it’s D.C.’s first Taco, Beer and Tequila Festival, where attendees can sample all of the above while enjoying live entertainment. (AP Photo) (AP/Melissa d'Arabian)
FILE — Grapes are seen among rows of vines at Barboursville Vineyards in Barboursville, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007. Wines from vintners in Virginia are drawing favorable attention and holding their own against products from more established regions, which has led the state to focus on growing wine tourism. (AP Photo/Michael Felberbaum, file)
Purcellville Wine & Food Festival
July 15, Purcellville, Virginia  It’s a short drive, but this festival, in the heart of wine country, features an array of varietals from nearby wineries and vineyards. There’s live music and plenty of activities for the kids. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Michael Felberbaum)
Brew at the Zoo
July 20, Washington, D.C.  Experience a different side of the zoo this summer at the after-hours Brew at the Zoo event. Sip on beer samples from more than 70 breweries and help support the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute all at the same time. (Getty Images/Allison Shelley) (Getty Images/Allison Shelley)
MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 28:  Visitors of the Augustiner beergarden cheer during a warm summer afternoon on May 28, 2008 in Munich, Germany. Visiting beergardens is very popular in Munich during the warm weather period. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
All American Beer Fest
July 22, Washington, D.C.  Celebrate some of America’s best beers at The Fairgrounds in Southeast D.C., plus food trucks, live entertainment and games. (Getty Images) (Getty Images/Johannes Simon)
Frederick Wine Festival
Aug. 5, Frederick, Maryland  Maryland’s wineries will show off their products at the second Frederick Wine Festival. Also featured: food from local chefs and live entertainment. (AP Photo) (AP/Darko Bandic)
In this May 30, 2014 picture, Wallie Leung, back left, and his wife Jenny eat an order of crabs at Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival
Aug. 19, National Harbor, Maryland  It’s an all-you-care-to-taste event with more than 65,000 crabs, beer, live music, arts and crafts, and family fun. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) (AP/Patrick Semansky)
Famed California craft brewing company, The Bruery, is opening its first brick-and-mortar store east of the Mississippi this fall in D.C.’s Union Market district. (AP Photo)
Virginia Craft Brewers Fest
Aug. 19, Charlottesville, Virginia  Virginia is for beer lovers and this festival is proof. More than 100 breweries from across the state will pour tastings. The event is family-friendly and includes live entertainment and food. (AP Photo) (AP/Steve Helber)
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Beer enthusiasts joined Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and Samuel Adams’ Jim Koch to uncork SAVOR Flowers. The ale was aged in Jim’s original extreme beer barrel, Barrel One, and brewed with lavender, hibiscus, jasmine, distilled rosewater, and a newly-discovered hop breed, Friday, June 3, 2011, in Washington. (Nick Wass/AP Images for Dogfish Head and Samuel Adams)
This photo taken April 7, 2014, shows fresh strawberries in a UC Davis strawberry field in Watsonville, Calif. Douglas Shaw spent his career toiling in the fields in California to grow the perfect strawberry, one that was plump and bright red yet remained sweet even after the long trip to grocery stores across the country. When the professor retired from the University of California at Davis and set up his own strawberry-breeding business, though, he found himself in a legal jam. In a case set for trial in federal court later this month, the university is suing Shaw and his scientific partner, saying they stole the school's intellectual property by taking some of the fruits of their research with them. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times via AP)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Riedel Wine Glass on the display at Wine Spectator Wine Seminar "Blending The Rules" Featuring JUSTIN & Landmark Vineyards during the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE at the Miami Beach Convention Center on February 22, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Carlos Barrios/Getty Images For SOBEWFF)
An employee serves a BBQ pork sandwich from Squeal Bar-B-Q at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Friday, May 1, 2015. Although the festival is mostly known for its diversity of musical acts big and small, festival-goers also rave about the food available, featuring Louisiana and Southern culinary offerings from over 70 vendors spread across the festival grounds. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A worker pours a glass of beer for customers at the Halve Maan Brewery in Bruges, Belgium on Thursday, May 26, 2016. The brewery has recently created a beer pipeline which will ship beer straight from the brewery to the bottling plant, two kilometers away, through underground pipes running between the two sources. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR KINGSFORD - Rescue Smokers team captain Robby Royal prepares his "Pick Your Pork" entry during the Kingsford Invitational on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26, New York. (Photo by Matt Peyton/Invision for Kingsford/AP Images)
Festival goers dance to Walk The Moon at BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival at Napa Valley Expo on Saturday, May 28, 2016, in Napa, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
FILE — Grapes are seen among rows of vines at Barboursville Vineyards in Barboursville, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007. Wines from vintners in Virginia are drawing favorable attention and holding their own against products from more established regions, which has led the state to focus on growing wine tourism. (AP Photo/Michael Felberbaum, file)
MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 28:  Visitors of the Augustiner beergarden cheer during a warm summer afternoon on May 28, 2008 in Munich, Germany. Visiting beergardens is very popular in Munich during the warm weather period. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
In this May 30, 2014 picture, Wallie Leung, back left, and his wife Jenny eat an order of crabs at Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Famed California craft brewing company, The Bruery, is opening its first brick-and-mortar store east of the Mississippi this fall in D.C.’s Union Market district. (AP Photo)


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