My husband will be the first to tell you that I have a ‘thing’ for firefighters. For my part, I don’t argue. I like to say that it is because I have a large amount of respect for anybody willing to rush into a building that nearly everyone else is screaming and running away from, all to save a stranger who might not even thank them. And that’s true. Of course, the fact that they are often pretty cute is a factor. But I try not to focus on that part when Hubs is around, haha! I’m just kidding. My husband is the best.
Anyway, before I go off on a tangent about firefighters in uniform (sigh), let me tell you about our local fire department. They’re great. I mean, all volunteer fire departments are pretty wonderful (so now you have people running into burning buildings who don’t look for thanks OR pay? Who are these people?) but our local department is very near and dear to my heart. Why am I dedicating a post to them, you ask? Did my house recently burn down or my cat get stuck in a tree? If you knew me in real life, you’d know that my tone is waaay too calm for that to be the reason.
No, it’s because they have a great food festival!
For the past six years now, our volunteer fire department has been putting on an event called “Taste of Vienna” (it is also the name of this blog; that’s how much I like it) and it is everything great about food in Vienna. Lots of different restaurants, and lately food trucks too, come together to sell food all in one place and the proceeds benefit the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. So you get to eat and help out a good cause within the community at the same time! So much winning, folks, let me tell you. Last year the family basically rolled home, that’s how good the food was and how much we ate.
Of course, there is entertainment available while you’re taking in the sights and smells of all that delicious food. Or so I’ve heard. I’m too easily distracted by the smell of Famous Dave’s and Blackfinn. But from what I hear from other people who can focus on more than one thing at a time, there are performances and music throughout the event. There’s usually face painting and a moon bounce for the kids to play on (the moon bounce I can vouch for. Personally, the way my kids eat at this thing, I keep them away from the moon bounce. It sort of feels like the human equivalent to mixing Mentos and cola, you know? And yes, I am saying that from experience. It wasn’t my kid but I still can’t get it out of my head every time I see a moon bounce.)
It’s typically held on the last Saturday of April, which can already get a little hot here in Virginia—what with it being the south and all, and it’s outdoors rain or shine. It’s a free event, so all you pay for is what you plan on eating! It’s a great deal for us because I don’t have to cook and everyone gets to eat something they like in a single trip.
Maybe I’ll see you there next time!