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Taste of Vienna is back for a 10th year to showcase local restaurants

Himalayan Soul Foods is among the five food trucks set to appear at the 10th annual Taste of Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Taste of Vienna has reached the decade mark.

The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fundraiser will shine a spotlight on local restaurants for a 10th year this Saturday (April 29) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — coincidentally the same day as Taste of Annandale’s comeback.

First launched in April 2012, the Town of Vienna festival had a successful return last year after a two-year hiatus during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As one of the earliest of the spring festivals each year, the Taste of Vienna always has a great turn out and 2022 was no exception,” said Taste of Vienna Chair Reagan Clyne with the VVFD. “The weather was perfect and after two years of the pandemic, everyone was eager to be outside and together once again enjoying a beloved local event.”

According to Clyne, the 2022 Taste of Vienna raised nearly $20,000 for the volunteer fire department, which will use the funds to buy a new fire engine and support its general operations, including other events.

Located in the VVFD back parking lot at 400 Center Street South, the 2023 festival has lined up 27 food and non-alcoholic beverage vendors, including five food trucks. Also featured will be a beer and wine tent with Caboose Brewery, Dynasty Brewing Company, Vienna Vinter and Norm’s Beer & Wine.

There will be a bounce house and face painting to keep kids entertained throughout the day, along with family-friendly live music:

  • 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Five Leaf Clovers
  • 12:30-1:45 p.m. — Duck Chuck Goose
  • 2-3:15 p.m. — Gunsmoke and Cheap Perfume
  • 3:30-4:45 p.m. — (After)Math
  • 5-6:15 p.m. — Orbiting Zero
  • 6:30-8 p.m. — The Coozies

The overall event is free, but tickets for the alcohol tent and the bounce house will cost $30 and $7, respectively.

Clyne notes that Taste of Vienna is always held regardless of the weather. The fire department hopes that this year’s event will beat last year’s fundraising total.

“We are aiming to exceed that total this year and we have a great lineup that will help us do just that,” Clyne said.