Transportation through the streets of Paris for the 19th annual Georgetown French Market which opens this weekend, 10am-5pm, Friday and Saturday and noon-5pm, Sunday. Sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, the event features more than 30 small shops and cafes that will transform their storefronts into an open-air market for joie de vivre along the Book Hill section of Wisconsin Avenue.
“Attendees can enjoy a selection of French cuisines, deals on clothing and homewares, sidewalk sales and promotions at more than 30 locally owned shops, cafes and galleries, as well as a caricaturist, music, stilt walkers, etc. Neighborhood restaurants will also offer food and drink specialties showcasing French cuisine and beyond – from pastries, croissants and macaroons, to lunch dishes grilled outdoors and discounts on wine,” announced the BID website.
The Georgetown French Market was started years ago to bring together merchants from Wisconsin Avenue NW for a community event inspired by the bustling open-air Parisian markets. From O Street NW to Reservoir Road, local shops and restaurants bring their wares and groceries outside to join in the festivities. The event invites families, residents and visitors to come together and enjoy the start of the spring season while feasting on French dishes and researching flights and deals.
This year’s French market will also take on an international flavor. If you’re a regular on the market, be sure to check out some of the new entrants. Jaco Juice and Taco Bar will serve specialty rock shrimp and chicken tinga tacos, Mexican street corn and freshly squeezed orange juice. Spicez will be giving away free henna tattoos as well as spices, herbs and a variety of Indian and Oriental foods to try. The African Union Mission will also join the market, hosting artisans as well as art and jewelery vendors.
Additionally, for the first time this year, artist and owner of StudioLab RD, Robin Davisson, will host a community painting where individuals can add their personal touch to the canvas to serve as a relic of the Georgetown French Market Weekend. . Visit the TD Bank lot at 1611 Wisconsin Ave. NW to contribute your brush stroke. Digital prints of the painting will be available for purchase and all proceeds will go to programs and services for the homeless at Georgetown Ministry Center.
The French Market caters to children and families with a variety of entertainment and activities. While nibbling on a chocolate croissant, stop by the caricaturist artist for a free drawing. There will also be make-up and make-up for Les Bouts d’Choux. Keep an eye out for buskers – unicyclists, stilt walkers and a Penny-Farthing cyclist!
Be sure to sample pastries and other French delights from the many participating food vendors. La Patisserie Poupon will offer you a selection of desserts, salads and a special grilled merguez. Stop by Bacchus Wine Cellar for their six bottles of wine for $60.
Debbie Young, Events Director for the Georgetown BID, told The Georgetowner, “The French Market is the perfect opportunity to kick off the spring season with the Georgetown community. There’s something for everyone, from shopping and family fun to live music and great food.
To visit www.georgetownfrenchmarketdc.com for the full schedule of events and list of participating merchants.
This is not one to miss! See you soon!