We're getting so close to warmer weather, Opening Day and eventually, trips to the beach. All we need to do is get through March. So here are some food/booze activities happening around town to get you through the last month of winter. If you know of any others we should add to the list, please let us know!
Bow Wow Meow Luau, March 4
Don't let Friday's forecasted rain dampen your spirits! Grab your Hawaiian shirt and come on board the Spirit boat for a fun luau that benefits BARCS! You board at 6 p.m., chill dockside for about an hour then set sail around the Inner Harbor. Your ticket price includes a dinner buffet, cocktails and music. And you get to help homeless cats and dogs! A win, win for everyone! Click here for more information on how to get tickets.
Chocolate and Candy Festival, March 5
Valentine's Day is over, but the chocolate craze is just getting started. Indulge your sweet tooth at the Chocolate and Candy Festival at the Bel Air Armory. Check out treats from places like La Cakerie, Natasha's Just Brittle, KoDee Cakes and others. There will also be activities for the kiddies. Need more info? Click here.
Winter Beer Festival, March 5
Beer lovers, listen up! Here's your chance to sample beers from across the state and beyond. Jailbreak, DuClaw, Flying Dog, Heavy Seas and more. All you have to do is go to Victoria Gastro Pub in Ellicott City on March 5 from 12-4 p.m. Get more details right here.
Maple Sugarin' Festival, March 6
This festival celebrates the tradition of collecting maple sap and turning it into the ooey, gooey sweet treat we know as maple syrup. There's a $4 pancake breakfast, as well as demonstrations on how they make the maple syrup, crafts, games and face painting. A super family friendly activity. It takes place at Hashawha Environmental Center in Westminster from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Eat, Drink, READ!, March 15
This is a food event for book lovers too! The Pratt Contemporaries series is heading to Mount Vernon Marketplace. You can explore the different foods offered in the market but with a literary twist. This runs from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 if you are not a member of The Pratt Contemporaries. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.
If you like sprits, this is a seriously cool event. The Baltimore Museum of Industry is inviting local distillers to talk about their product and offer samples. This runs from 1pm - 4pm. Check out this link for more on ticket information.
BARCS Crawl, March 26
We love animals at Taste Buds, so any foodie/booze events that help homeless animals, we love to promote. Tap into your inner 21-year-old-self and take a bar crawl to benefit BARCS. You have two options. One is a "pack crawl" that is planned out, the other is the "open crawl" where you choose your own adventure. Over a dozen bars/restaurants are participating. You can buy a ticket here.
Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival, March 26
Living in the DMV, you know how crazy people get about the cherry blossoms in D.C. So why not raise a glass to celebrate these beautiful trees? At the Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival, more than 100 breweries and wineries will be represented. There will also be DC food trucks and live entertainment. You can buy tickets for two sessions on March 26. There's also two sessions on April 9.
Light City Baltimore, March 28 - April 3
This is being billed as an art festival but looking at art can make you hungry too. Light City Baltimore is all about light, music and innovation and the festival plans to incorporate food into all of this. A lot of local restaurants, bars and brewers are participating. There will even be a cocktail contest! I'll be honest, I might be going to this event just for the food! Click here for more.