Taste of DC is going cashless for food & beverages this year!

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 in advance or at select TasteBand stations located throughout the festival. Learn more about TasteBands and Taste Tokens below.


 
 

Note: Taxes and fees not included. Taste of DC is a rain or shine event.

No refunds or exchanges.


TASTEBAND WRISTBANDS

Taste of DC is going cashless for food & beverages this year! 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 in advance or at select TasteBand stations located throughout the festival.

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

Yes, purchases made at the Artisan Market will require cash or credit card, depending on the merchant. We recommend bringing both cash and credit card.

WHAT ARE "TASTE Tokens?"

"Taste Tokens" are the official currency at Taste of DC.
1 Taste Tokens = $1.00

When you purchase your ticket in advance, you will receive a General Admission Tasteband wristband that is pre-loaded with:

  • General Admission tickets include 1 complimentary beverage.
  • VIP Tastemaker tickets include 25 Taste Tokens. 
  • Drink Lovers tickets include 0 Taste Tokens.

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. The Artisan Market does not accept Taste Tokens. 

All Taste of DC attendees must wear their TasteBands at all times.

WHY CASHLESS RFID TASTEBANDS?

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

  • Faster entry

  • 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. This may also be viewed on your online account page.

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.org.