Curbside Cookoff at City Center

Curbside Culture Art and Performances Announced including Music, Graffiti Art, Classes & More

Always wanted to try that street vendor your friends are always talking about but never had time? Always seem to miss the hottest new food trucks when they’re in your neighborhood? Want to see some amazing art and performances? Now is your chance.

The District’s 20 most popular street vendors will converge in downtown DC on October 7 and 8 for two full days of art, music, dance and of course the best food the vendors have to offer.

The Department of Consumer and Affairs (DCRA), in proud partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Brightest Young Things, and the Downtown BID, presents the city’s first annual Curbside Cookoff.

The event is being held at CityCenterDC, the site of the old Washington Convention Center, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on October 7 and 8. Admission is free and open to everyone.

The vendors invited to participate were selected from a week-long online open voting process and the vendors chosen can satisfy anyone’s cravings including:

Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite vendor on-site via paper ballot and via American Idol-style SMS text messaging. More details on the voting process will be announced in the next few days.

Brightest Young Things (BYT) is sponsoring a happy hour beer garden sponsored by Flying Dog after work on both days. They also mentioned something about a Winnebago. More details coming from BYT.

Curbside Culture: Not Just Food

The curbside is a place of gathering where people come together to share in cultural expression. And, at the heart of that sharing are two key ingredients: good food and a good time.

To create an arts experience that moves people (literally) to relax, enjoy themselves is what the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities aims to do. Bringing together the highest forms of art mixed in with popular and indigenous cultural themes with a dynamic food experience.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Curbside Cool: A relaxing afternoon of music and mural art from djRBI and Grafitti Artists Tim Conlon and Decoy. Also, featuring “in the crowd” performances by the “Acro-Yogis,” “The Light” and “Pastorale.”


Curbside Classics: A Dance Party through the Decades from featuring dj RBI in a dj exposition chronicling popular dance hall hits from the 50s/60s, 70s/80s, 90s/now paired with dance demonstrations for crowd participation in hand dancing, break-dancing, popping and locking, and line dancing. Artists include Markus Smith of the National Hand Dance Association and Beat Ya Feet Kings. And, to spice up the crowd, percussive music and dance including “The Human Beatbox” Christylz Bacon and tap with Quynn Johnson.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Curbside Cool: A calming afternoon of music and yoga with Yoga Artist Julie Eisenberg. There’s a yoga pose to help you digest all that food you’re sampling! In the crowd, more artists to keep the cool vibe include the “Acro-Yogis” and Pastorale.


Curbside Culture: An electrifying experience of percussive dance and drum featuring a stage performance by Farafina Kan and dance demonstrations with crowd participation by Sahara Dance and Farafina Kan.

For both events, crowds will be treated to an innovative sculpture presentation by Mark Jenkins.

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    FourthandEye says

    I don’t have the opportunity to try many of these food trucks/carts as I work in Rosslyn. Of the ones participating in the event I’ve had Sauca, Fojol Brothers and Rebel Heroes. I want to venture out and try a different truck. Any recommendations?

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    FourthandEye says

    I stopped by the event tonight at 6:30pm. I think 5 or 6 of the trucks were sold out and gone for the day. The lines on the Cupcake and DC Slices truck were reasonable but I was not in the mood for either. The options I found more appealing had lines 100-150 people deep.

    I do like street food but I’m not committed enough to wait in line an hour for it so I bailed and went to Taylor. Still it is encouraging to see the event was so popular. Perhaps it will trigger these type of events downtown more regularly.