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Strathmore announces new food festival in North Bethesda

By Aaron Kraut

Monday - 7/21/2014, 3:20am  ET

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Network personality Giada De Laurentiis, via Strathmore 

Strathmore on Friday announced a two-day, “culinary and epicurean arts festival” packed with national TV personalities, local chefs, food trucks, tasting sessions and a craft beer garden.

“Appetite – A Gastronomic Experience,” will run Friday, Aug. 1 and Saturday, Aug. 2 on the grounds of the Strathmore facility (5301 Tuckerman Lane).

Food Network’s Giada de Laurentiis and “Bizzarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern will give talks and have meet and greets. The Music Center at Strathmore will have pairing workshops from J. Chocolatier, Righteous Cheese, MeatCrafters and others. Federal Realty will show off some of the restaurants coming to its Pike & Rose project this fall, including Summerhouse and M Street Kitchen.

There will be a pig roast, demonstration from local chef Robert Weidmaier of Mussel Bar & Grille and Wildwood Kitchen and specialty food vendors plus samples from a host of other local food retailers.

Outdoors will be a free Food Truck Court with Red Hook Lobster Pound, the Culinary Nomad, Dolci Gelati, Jose Andres’ Pepe, Corned Beef King and others.

And, of course, there will be live music to accompany it all.

Strathmore is offering a few levels of tickets, ranging from individual tickets to see either De Laurentiis or Zimmern ($44) or a VIP All-Access Weekend Pass ($225) that offers entry and premium seats to all events and meet and greets throughout the weekend.

Photos via Strathmore