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Hon Fest / Food Truck Rally

Updated: Tuesday, June 11 2013, 11:41 AM EDT


After a shaky start, the weather cleared up nicely on Saturday, just in time for a slew of outdoor events going on around Charm City this weekend. I made my way to the annual Hon Fest, which took over The Avenue in Hampden for the weekend. From Chestnut Avenue to Falls Road, 36th Street was clogged with crowds and booths featuring food, merchandise, activities, bands and other entertainment. Among those I encountered in the crowds: Desmond Reilly (co-owner of the now-closed Kettle Hill, who is developing a new restaurant concept at National Harbor), Jim White of Oceannaire Seafood Room, photographer Sean Scheidt, David Alima of the soon-to-open Charmery, head Hon Denise Whiting, mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, Victor Acosta, Billy Steelman, Denis Nash, Stacy Swann, Tom & Brianne Brinkley, Bill Stevenson of the Baltimore Tattoo Museum, Ben Greenwald, and photographer Jim Burger. Food Market proprietor Elon Kotz personally showed me the restaurant's new food truck, which was parked outside. And next door, in the new spot that now houses Sixteen Tons menswear and DoubleDutch women's boutique upstairs, owner Daniel Wylie showed me the new space and offered me a cold Natty Boh. The crowds were big, and included lots of kids and pets, many getting into the Hon spirit with their hairdos and costumes.


I capped off the afternoon with a stop at City Paper's food truck rally going on in Station North on a big lot at Charles and North. I stayed long enough to greet CP publisher Jenn Marsh, CP account exec Andy Grimshaw, event organizer Celeste Corsaro, Andy Norris of Bertha's and Daniel Raffel of Haute Dog while sampling some Bulleit bourbon and some excellent chicken tacos from Woody's Taco Island truck. The DJ stuck to an all-'80s playlist, and had people dancing in the aisles.After an hour or so, I had to head home, to don a tuxedo for my last stop of the day, the Bonaparte Ball at The Engineers Club. That'll be my next post.


(Shown above: Crowds line The Avenue in Hampden for Hon Fest.)

Hon Fest / Food Truck Rally


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