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Labor Day food and wine, music and book festivals

Here’s something special to do if you are in Washington on Labor Day. A music, wine and literary festival will take place on Monday, September 1st from noon to 6 p.m. at DC Gateway, St. Elizabeth’s Pavilion, 2700 Martin Luther King Blvd, SE.

FLOFEST DC is designed to showcase jazz, Latin, and alternative rock music, along with specialty wines, international food and books. There will be chef cooking demonstrations, wines from award winning vineyards and an authors’ pavilion.

The festival is the creation of jazz musician and entrepreneur Marcus Johnson, the founder of Flo Brands, LLC and Flo Wine, LLC. Host of the afternoon’s events will be radio and TV personality Cortney Hicks.

Entertainers for the festival will include Rudy Gonzales Latin band, Donovan McCoy Latin jazz orchestra and rock singer Beverly McClellan.

In addition to live performances all day, guests will be able to purchase items from participating food trucks and enjoy FLO wines at $5 per cup.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased at for $45 each. Tickets include two food samplings and at least four wine tasting.

From August 29 through September 1, Epicurience Tasting Culinary Event will take place in various locations in northern Virginia. The highlight of the festival is the Epicurience Virginia Grand Tasting, a day long celebration taking place in Morven Park, Leesburg on Saturday, August 30 from noon to 6 p.m.. The event will showcase some of Virginia’s best wines and cuisine, and will include demonstrations by well-known chefs.

The Tasting Tent will have samples of food and wine presented by every exhibitor. The Chef Demonstration Tent will showcase the culinary prowess of participating chefs who will share their tips and tricks with the audience. The Virginia Education Tent features winemakers, sommeliers and local food producers offering educational sessions which will cover a range of topics on Virginia wine making, geographic terroir, varietals and culinary pairings.

Tickets for the event may be obtained at

Although the Grant Tasting is the highlight of the festival, other culinary events will be held in Loudoun County’s wineries and historic estates throughout the weekend.

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