2017 Fall Festival Announced!

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Saturday, September 23rd 2017 marks the return of our longest running event, the Barracks Row Fall Festival! At each Fall Festival our activities and booths blend urban diversity with the curiosities of small town fairs. There's no fair like this fair anywhere!

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2017 Winter Culinary Education Crawl tickets on sale now!

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Barracks Row's Culinary Education Crawl 2017 - Valentine's Day Edition will be held from Thursday, Jan 26 through Thursday, February 2. Tickets are on sale NOW! Register for classes here.

This annual event works just like college registration. Take only the classes you want at the times convenient to you.  Classes are spread over seven days and nights. You can stack a series of classes all on one day or return multiple evenings for night school.

Tuition costs run from $25 for matchbox's one hour Pizza Making class to $100 for an intensive three hour doughnut baking class at District Doughnut. Class sizes range from 5-6 students to 25 students - average class size is 12 students. Most classes are taught at restaurants but some are held at Hill Center or a nearby business- tickets indicate the street address of each class.


This year we have restaurant participants not only from Barracks Row but also from the Eastern Market area and the Capitol Riverfront.  Several Eastern Market vendors are participating including Mel and Beverly Inman of Market Poultry who will present Poultry Deboning (held in EM North Hall) along with sure-fire recipes for preparing chicken. There are specialized international classes including Cuban Picadillo by Banana Cafe and Asian Dumplings 101 by Nooshi Sushi (vegetarian and meat varieties). Mexico is represented by Aqua301, Belgium by Chef Bart Vandaele's Belga Cafe and Italy by Acqua al 2!


Many classes are available on the event website now, and more will be added throughout the event, so if your favorite is not listed yet or is sold out, check back to see if additional sections have been added! Hill restaurants were swamped last weekend. The complete class roster will be on the website shortly.

And, don't worry... if you have your heart set on our traditional Oyster Shucking class- it's back this year!  Hanks Oyster Bar will teach shucking and even include an oyster comparative tasting!

So, call your friends now and sign up today for the best cooking classes in town!

Toy Train Raffle - we have a winner!

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Final AlbumSanta Arrives on 8th Street- 2016

Brother - sister team, Declan and Meghan Chadra, who entered the drawing together, are the winners of Barracks Row Main Street's 2016 Toy Train Raffle. Entries were collected during our Santa Arrives on 8th Street event on December 10 and the winning ticket was pulled right before we left for the holidays. 

Here's the final 2016 Santa Arrives Album. Many thanks to our volunteer photographer, Mary Godier, for these magical shots as well as to Richard Sherman of Frame of Mine who crafted a whimsical fir tree forest. Cheers to Chef David Gaus and his wife, Simone of Bayou Bakery for providing snacks!

Santa found a comfortable spot under the trees, reviewed all Letters to Santa and listened intently all afternoon to everyone's wish lists.

We want to especially thank all Elves and Santa, himself, for swinging by Capitol Hill early, as well as the entire staff at Taoti Creative along with owner, Brent Lightner who masterminded this year's event and added many new features including the very popular Santa Letter Writing Station!



BRMS Events Calendar 2017

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BRMS events and activities held on a recurring basis

Inauguration Day- Friday, Jan 20 - Possible promotion for BRMS restaurants 

Culinary Crawl - weekend of January 28 & evenings before/after

Annual Meeting- Wednesday, Mar 15

Egg Hunt on 8th- Saturday, Apr 15

Taste of 8th- May 6 

Garden Party - TBD 

4th of July Parade- Tuesday, July 4 

Fall Festival – Saturday, Sept 23 - first weekend of fall

Santa Arrives- Saturday, Dec 16

Santa Visits Barracks Row - Early Album

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Santa swept through Capitol Hill last Saturday for his annual listening visit. Each year Santa makes a quick stop in DC just to make absolutely sure he knows what kids here want to have waiting under the tree.

This year Taoti Creative agreed to host Santa in their brand new website design studios located at 530 8th St. SE. To make Santa feel at home Taoti owner, Brent Lightner made sketches of whimsical snow-covered fir trees and Richard Sherman of Frame of Mine transformed Brent's drawings into a remarkable forest of  snow laden wooden trees.

A very large blow-up Penguin joined the party and Bayou Bakery Chef David Gaus was ready for Santa, elves and fans with delicious hot chocolate (topped with homemade marshmallows) as well as hot cider.  A large display of Toys for Tots gifts was assembled on Taoti's bookshelves near the Santa Letter Writing station.


Our trusty Polar Express chugged and whistled as Santa as

Santa listened to kids and reviewed their wish lists.
At 5:00PM Santa packed  everyone's letters into his bag for further study before his world-famous ride on Dec 24.

More photos and the name of the winner of the toy train raffle will be released soon!



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