Alexandria, VA

Alexandria’s Rock the Block event allowing participants to sample choice dishes and drinks is returning this year and is expecting more restaurants, and bigger crowds.

The “choose-your-own culinary adventure” event will return to Old Town on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 6-9 p.m., per its website. Restaurants will welcome roaming attendees throughout the night with 5-6 small plate dishes and 3-4 speciality cocktails.

“Capitalizing on the success of the 2018 inaugural year, several of Old Town’s hottest restaurants will again close their doors to the public for this signature event, serving up some delectable dishes and specialty cocktails,” organizers wrote in a press release. “Individuals will receive a wristband and a map in which they can choose their own culinary tour by selecting their starting restaurant from the participating restaurants.”

General Admission tickets cost $125 and allow buyers to sample food and drinks at the Old Town restaurants. VIP tickets cost $300 and cover the samples as well as a private reception with special guests and and an after-party with desserts, signature cocktails, and dancing.

Twelve restaurants will participate in this year’s event, including:

  • Augie’s Mussel House
  • Urbano 116
  • The Majestic
  • Vermilion
  • Whiskey & Oyster
  • Columbia Firehouse
  • Joe Theismann’s Restaurant and Bar
  • Mia’s Italian Kitchen
  • Pizzeria Paradiso
  • Tequila & Taco

In addition to the restaurants, an event spokeswoman noted that the event will feature “a culinary pop-up at the Charles Schwab headquarters with Sweet Fire Donna’s Barbecue and Alexandria’s own cidery Lost Boy Cider.”

Last year’s event attracted around 500 people, and this year’s is expected to bring up to 800, per organizers.

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