We love food events and every year the Reston Chamber of Commerce puts on a great food festival, Taste of Reston. If you’re looking for an event filled with food, music and fun- this is definitely for you.
Here’s what food we tried and what we thought of it:
Hen Penny Hen Penny- Classic Sandwich, Funnel Fried Twinkie, Lemonade
Kari: Hen Penny is seriously my favorite place to eat right now. Their chicken is so crispy, juicy and perfectly seasoned. I loved having their delicious chicken breast sandwich with their delicious house made pickles. If you’re going to a festival you have to have something fried right? The Funnel Fried Twinkie was crisp, even after we finished our sandwiches and so light. The biggest surprise of the day for me was their lemonade. I love lemonade, but I’m really picky about it because there’s a lot of bad lemonade out there. This lemonade was so PERFECT, just the right amount of sweet and tart. Here’s the crazy part, it was still sweet after eating the Twinkie?! How do they do that? Is it any wonder that Hen Penny food is the first thing I want after I deliver Z in a few weeks?
RJ: Just as when we wrote about them before, I loved Hen Penny. Their fried chicken still had crunch, even having to sit and wait from coming out of the fryer. They’ve changed the pickles, and it has improved a sandwich I had thought couldn’t be improved upon. Their lemonade was amazing, and their Twinkie stood up to the time from fryer problem as well. A certain chicken sandwich chain better watch their back!
The Melting Pot- Chocolate covered Strawberries with Pretzels (marshmallows not listed)
Kari: Being eight months pregnant and being pregnant in the summer is really making me crave fruit. I was so happy to have some delicious fruit, robed in a rich, smooth chocolate. No one does chocolate and strawberries as good as The Melting Pot! The pretzels were great too. I liked the crunch of pretzels and the salty-sweet taste.
RJ: As I was standing waiting for my order someone tried to take the display, which was a sick joke compared to the real thing. Their wonderful and drool worthy chocolate over pretzels, strawberries, and marshmallows was like a little trip to The Melting Pot for dessert.
Arlington Donut Holes- Vanilla Donut Holes with Salted Caramel Sauce
Kari: I’m a big fan of donuts (or doughnuts), so this booth was a must-try for me. Sadly, I was really disappointed. The donuts weren’t crisp and were quite heavy, the caramel sauce was not flavorful at all, but I liked that they were served with fresh strawberries.
RJ: Putting the rude styling of their name aside (which we were unaware of when we tried them) there’s still not a lot good to say about this establishment. The Vanilla Donut Holes were floppy and soggy, and their sauce, while the best part, still didn’t live up to the salt implied when you call something salted caramel
American Tap Room- Pig Slider
Kari: I thought the texture of the meat was nice and the sauce had a good bit of heat that I liked as well. But, I didn’t like the sweetness of the sauce. It almost tasted like Manwich to me.
RJ: I really liked their Pig Slider. The meat had a real North Carolina feel, which is my favorite kind of barbeque, and the sauce had a spicy kick reminiscent of taco sauce.
We had a lot of fun at Taste of Reston and look forward to attending again next year!
Make sure you check out these local restaurants and that you check out the other events coming up at Reston Town Center (click here for more info) and from the Reston Chamber of Commerce (click here for more info)!
We received a set of complimentary tickets in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own.