The smell, taste and sounds of Vienna restaurants transformed the parking lot of the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department into a food lover's dream on Saturday for the first Taste of Vienna, a fundraiser to benefit one of the area's oldest and longest-running volunteer fire operations.
More than 5,000 people came to the festival over the course of the day, picking up small plates from 30 restaurants, enjoying live entertainment and bringing children to a face painting station and fire truck moon bounce.
The idea for the festival came to the department's Anthony Stancampiano several months ago, who was inspired by the wealth of culinary talent the town has to offer and the success of other festivals like Taste of Reston, he said last week.
Dishes ranged from tacos from Tequila Grande and Alegria to curry from Tumeric, mushroom and ricotta crostinis from Culinaria Cooking School and pulled pork sliders from Maple Ave Restaurant, which sold out of food mid-afternoon.
There were old favorites like pizza from Church Street Pizza and fare from the Vienna Inn, to some new hits, like slices from Donato's Pizza and crepes from Cafe Amour, a new crepe shop opening on Maple Ave East in two weeks.
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