The Restaurant Association of Maryland presents the first Maryland Foodie Fest, a family-friendly food festival at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen on Saturday, June 22, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Maryland Foodie Fest features cooking competitions, food pairings and samples from restaurants throughout Maryland, craft beer and wine, arts and crafts and live music.
The festival hosts three cooking competitions—burgers, seafood and chili—the only cooking competitions in Maryland sanctioned by the World Food Championships. Open to both home and professional chefs, the competitions will give participants the chance to win prize money and compete in the World Food Championships, the largest competition in food sport.
Maryland Foodie Fest also includes:
• VIP area with exclusive education and sampling opportunities
• Live music by the The Rockets, Kelly Bell Band and Rev6
• Kids zone with inflatables, batting cages and face painting
• Artisans and vendors
Ticket prices vary and are available online and at the door. Children 12 and under are free. A portion of the festival proceeds will benefit the Restaurant Association of Maryland Education Foundation, which seeks to enhance the food service and hospitality industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement.
The Restaurant Association of Maryland and its foundation promote, protect and improve the food service and hospitality industry in Maryland. The association leads by showcasing member restaurants, offering programs that reduce operating costs and advocating for the interests of food service businesses. Members are food service and hospitality businesses, including restaurants, bars and taverns, grocery stores, caterers, hotels and other businesses that serve food. (www.marylandrestaurants.com)