Turned out not to be such a bad weekend for the Taste of DC. It was cloudy but didn't rain Sunday. Temperatures in the 60s allowing for a decent but not overwhelming crowd for the returned Columbus Day Weekend downtown Washington tradition, which you can find out about at http://thetasteofdc.org/.
The event was rather pricy at $10 just to get in, plus the cost of food. You sure get your choice as more than 70 restaurants offered samples, most for a few dollars. And plenty of wines and craft beers were also available. Most food venders only accepted cash. But the entertainment was scarce. And the event offered no tables and relatively few chairs except right in the middle of the event to sit and eat. And no sinks to wash one's hands before or after eating.
A few places offered free samples, such as MorningStar Farms offering samples of four types of vegan burgers. One place even offered free samples of dog and cat food.
Of course, you can only try a few things. The ribs from The Tender Rib of Temple Hills, MD came with a sweet sauce. Got a Buffalo slider from DC's Acacia Bistro Wine Bar for $3 – not bad but bite-size – even too small for the tiny bun it came in. The red lentils with injera (sponge bread) from Etete Ethiopian Cuisine was good and the staff was prepared enough to give wet naps and plenty of napkins because you have to eat it with your fingers.
I did watch one of the cooking demos – they even gave out free samples of pumpkin bourbon punch to those over 21.