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Photos: Taste of Vienna

First annual event draws more than 5,000 people to benefit Vienna Volunteer Fire Department

The smell, taste and sounds of Vienna restaurants transformed the parking lot of the into a food lover's dream on Saturday for the first , 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 and to curry from , mushroom and ricotta crostinis from and pulled pork sliders from , which sold out of food mid-afternoon.

There were old favorites like pizza from and fare from the , to some new hits, like slices from and crepes from Cafe Amour, a new crepe shop opening on Maple Ave East in two weeks.

For photos from the event, click through the media gallery above.

Have photos of your own you want to share? Upload here or email erica.hendry at patch.com

For a compilation of reader reviews from Twiter and Facebook, view the storify spread here.

Isabella Lawen April 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM
I was in Vienna yesterday morning on Mapple and there was not one sign as to where the event was taking place. I asked in stores and no one knew about it... Sorry to have missed it...
Kim April 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I had a great time at the Taste of Vienna yesterday. I really hope it becomes an annual event. I got all the information I needed, including a map of the vendors, from the Patch!
Yasmin Motlagh-Russo April 29, 2012 at 03:18 PM
We really enjoyed our afternoon, good music, good food, good friends.
Wien April 29, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Was good event for a great cause. We walked over with friends at 11:30 and again at 2:30 and were pleased with the turnout. The only thing that surprised me was that 3-4 places didn't bother to show up...at least they already paid entry fees so the VVFD received their donation, but it was odd to see some old Vienna sports and some new Vienna options not show up (was a glaring empty table at Silva's, Kabob Tavern, to name a couple). If you didn't have spare change yesterday, check out the Vienna VFD website for a mailing address and donation information. Let's keep these guys and ladies funded! http://www.vvfd.org/capitalcampaign.cfm?action=information
Mairtin De Faoite April 29, 2012 at 04:16 PM
We had a fantastic time serving our famous Edge to Edge Pizza to some of the over 5,000 people who came out to support the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department yesterday. Great cause and great event, can't wait for next year! We really enjoyed the neighborly atmosphere and tasted some delicious food from the various restaurants in town. Well done to all. The Donatos Pizza Gang!
DD April 29, 2012 at 06:47 PM
It was advertised in town via a large banner over Maple Avenue at the W&OD Trail.
Debbie Casey April 30, 2012 at 11:46 AM
We welcomed the opportunity to participate in the first Taste of Vienna. Thanks to everyone for coming out! Just wanted to note that the name of our restaurant is "Alegria" which is Spanish for "happiness". www.alegriaonchurch.com.
suzie April 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM
where is the pic from other vendors...
suzie April 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Was there any other food vendors...it is all about Pizza on your page.... What is going on. There are other people that put lots of effort to come to this event you are supporting the chains not the locals..
Erica R. Hendry April 30, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Hi Suzie, The pictures of the Donatos Pizza tent were uploaded by the owner, Martin White (you'll see his name underneath them) because I didn't capture them during the event. Any vendors I missed are free to upload photos to this gallery or email them to me at erica.hendry at patch.com. The more the merrier! Thanks for reading, Erica
Wien April 30, 2012 at 02:56 PM
If you read the article, you'd note there are mentions and links to many local places and comments on what they offered, including plugging the new crepes place. If you think not having a picture on Patch is going to impact a town business, you're just looking for a reason to be upset.

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