How much does it cost to attend taste of dc?

General Admission to Taste of DC is absolutely free while spaces last. However if you want to partake in any of the food and beverage festivities, you’ll need to purchase a TasteBand either in advance via one of the two offered Concession Packages or at the doors the day of the event. The advantage to registering and purchasing concession packages in advance is all of the complimentary perks that come with them!

What are tastebands and how do they work?

Taste of DC is cashless for food & beverages this year! You will need a TasteBand to purchase food and beverage at the event! RFID technology makes it easier and faster for attendees to enter Taste of DC and purchase food and drinks—with just the touch of a wristband! Instead of using cash or credit cards, you will pay for your food and drinks by activating your “TasteBand” and loading additional “Taste Tokens” onto your TasteBand online at select TasteBand stations located throughout the festival.

Where do I pick-up my tasteband?

Guests will be able to pick-up TasteBand wristbands at the door. Make sure you have downloaded your ticket with barcode BEFORE you arrive and bring a valid photo ID.

Can i bring my dog with me to taste of dc?

We love pups! However, the venue only allows service animals.  Be sure to take a doggy bag of your favorite tastes home for them!

If i purchased my tasteband for friday, can i use it on saturday?

Yes! You’ll just have to refill your TasteBand with TasteTokens to purchase food and drinks!

Can i bring my backpack to TASTE OF DC?

Only if it is a clear and no bigger than 12”x6”x12”, in accordance with Audi Field’s clear bag policy. Paid bag check options will be available both in the stadium and at Field House DC, located adjacent to Audi Field.

Can i bring my child to taste of DC?

Yes - we believe every child is a food critic in training!  

Kids do not need to pre-register if they are under 12 years old. As long as you're okay with them using your TasteBand for their food and beverage purchases, then they just need to be registered for free entry under their own names and your email. 

WILL I NEED ANY CASH OR CREDIT CARDS AT TASTE OF DC?

No. Taste of DC is a cashless event and all merchants accept TasteTokens.

WHAT ARE "TASTE Tokens?"

"Taste Tokens" are the official currency at Taste of DC, and can be added to your TasteBand at multiple locations throughout the festival.
1 Taste Tokens = $1.00

When you purchase concession packages in advance, you will receive a General Admission TasteBand wristband that is pre-loaded with:

  • TasteBand concession packages include One RFID TasteBand pre-loaded with one complimentary beverage valid for a beverage in Restaurant Row, the Taste of DC Beer Garden + Ability to add "Taste Tokens" to your TasteBand to purchase food and drink from more than 50+ restaurants in Restaurant Row and at the beverage areas throughout the festival + free bag/bike check outside of stadium (limited availability on a first come/first served basis)

  • Foodie concession packages include everything in the TasteBand package plus $30 Taste Tokens + 1 complimentary beverage + exclusive seating to the ABW Taste Culinary Stage (limited seating available, on a first come-first served basis) + a $10 credit to a future Drink the District event

where can i use taste tokens?

Tastes and sips throughout the festival, including on Restaurant Row, the Wine Walk, at the Taste of DC Beer Garden will require Taste Tokens for their tastes and sips. Tastes range from 1-8 Taste Tokens, or $1-$8. Beverages range from 6-10 Taste Tokens, or $6-$10.

WHY CASHLESS RFID TASTEBANDS?

Taste of DC guests will experience a seamless and enhanced experience with the RFID technology. Benefits include:

  • Faster food and beverage purchasing

  • Less time in line

  • Registered attendees will receive an email after the festival with a record of all the restaurants and sponsors they visited.

WHERE DO I GET A WRISTBAND?

Guests will be able to pick-up your TasteBand at the door. Make sure you have downloaded your ticket with barcode BEFORE you arrive.

HOW DO I PURCHASE MORE TASTE TokenS AND LOAD CREDITS ONTO MY TASTEBAND?

Want more points for more tastes and beverages? No problem! It will be easy to pre-load your TasteBand at one of our many Taste Token Kiosks located inside Taste of DC. 

Need help with your tickets, TasteBand or Taste Tokens? Please contact us at tickets@thetasteofdc.or