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Foodie To-Do List: Eastern Market Re-Opens, The Gibson's Liberated Libations, and Growing Green with Washington Youth Garden

TodoAs part of an ongoing effort to alert you, the readers of DC Foodies, to all of the really cool food-related events, classes and opportunities throughout the Washington Metropolitan area, we give you this week's edition of the Foodie To-Do List.

Each Wednesday, we give you a heads-up on a few of the upcoming events that we think look particularly interesting.  This week, we've got:

Eastern Market Reopens with a Community Celebration this Weekend:

What:
It's been a little more than two years since fire forced the vendors from Eastern Market's historic South Hall.  Starting this weekend, Market Lunch and the rest of your favorites will be back in their familiar spots.

When:
Saturday, June 27th, 10 AM - 6 PM

Where:
Eastern Market's Historic South Hall
7th Street,SE, between Pennsylvania and North Carolina Avenues
Washington, DC

Why:
Calomiris Produce.  Canales Meats.  Bowers Fancy Dairy Products.  These folks have been doing the small, neighborhood vendor thing since before most of us could even say the words "Farmers' Market."  Come check out the newly-renovated old digs, with skylights, historically appropriate paint, and air conditioning!

Cost: 
It's a free celebration - but show some love to your favorite retailers with a purchase or two while you're there.

Kick Off Your Independence Day Celebration with Liberated Libations at the Gibson:

What:
14th and U Street's answer to the modern-day speakeasy gets a head start on the 4th of July with an all-inclusive party on Thursday night.  With the 4th falling on a Saturday, most of us should have off on the 3rd...why not get the party started right with hand-crafted cocktails and a whole roast hog?
 
When: 
Thursday, July 2nd, 6 PM - midnight
 
Where: 
The Gibson
2009 14th St., NW
Washington, DC
 
Why: 
If you haven't had a chance to check out the craft cocktails at the Gibson - or if you've been waiting for an excuse - now's the time.  No firm reservation windows, roasted whole hog and grilled vegetables, and liberated libations all for $75.  Getting your money's worth will be NO problem.

Cost: $75 per person.  Tickets can be purchased over the phone Monday through Friday from noon to 5 PM.  Call (202) 232-2156 to get yours.


Family-Friendly Gardening Festival to Benefit Washington Youth Garden and City Blossoms:

What:
An afternoon of family and child-friendly activities, including workshops and work in the garden at the National Arboretum.  There will be live music, light food, and projects for families to take home and do themselves.

When:
Saturday, July 11th, 1 PM - 5 PM

Where:
US National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

Why:
Washington Youth Garden and City Blossoms are programs that seek to engage DC youth by encouraging them to plant and maintain green space in the city.  You can burnish your locavore credentials and help support these worthwhile endeavors all at once! 

Cost:
$5 per child, $10 per adult.  Pay at the event, and know that your contributions will go to help Washington Youth Garden and City Blossoms.

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