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National Cherry Blossom Festival
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Cherry Blossom Festival Encourages Support of D.C. Area Restaurants Through Cherry Picks and Cherry Night Programs
Over 100 Restaurants Participating in 20th Annual Program
Washington, D.C. [March 22, 2022] – The National Cherry Blossom Festival today announced that over 100 restaurants across Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are participating in its 20th annual Cherry Picks program. Presented in conjunction with the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), Cherry Picks showcases D.C.’s diverse dining scene and encourages local residents and visitors to support the region’s restaurants throughout the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival – March 20-April 17.
New this year, Cherry Night will connect Festival attendees with the region’s nightlife. An extension of Cherry Picks, this one-evening RSVP-only event will take place on March 31, 2022 and celebrates a select group of vibrant restaurants, bars, entertainment clubs, and lounges, some of whom are also part of the Cherry Picks program. Cherry Night venues will encourage patrons to dress in pink attire while enjoying one-night-only custom menu items, free live entertainment, and cherry blossom-themed experiences.
“Each spring, area restaurants celebrate the season’s arrival with the Festival through Cherry Picks and I’m so excited to introduce Cherry Night as another amazing way to celebrate this year,” said Diana Mayhew, president and CEO of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. “We are inviting the entire community to rediscover spring throughout the 2022 Festival and that includes trying a new restaurant or supporting some beloved favorites in a new way.”
During the Festival, guests are encouraged to tag their dining and nightlife experiences on social media using the hashtags #RediscoverSpring, #CherryPicks and #CherryNight. Participating Cherry Picks restaurants can be viewed on this map and include:
1789 Restaurant, Alta Strada Italian Restaurant, Alta Strada Mosaic, Apero DC, Arepa Zone, Baan Siam, Bangkok Joe’s, Bartaco (All Locations), Ben’s Chili Bowl (All Locations), Blackfinn Ameripub, Busboys and Poets (Hyattsville, 450k, Anacostia, Brookland, Takoma, 14th Street and Shirlington),Cafe du Parc, Café Riggs, CAFE GEORGETOWN, Casta’s Rum Bar, China Chilcano, Ciel Social Club, Circa (Clarendon, Foggy Bottom, Navy Yard) City Winery Washington DC, Clyde’s (Gallery Place and Georgetown), Georgetown Colada Shop, Cranes, Crazy Aunt Helen’s, Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar, DBGB Kitchen & Bar, Dirty Habit, District Winery, Estadio, Farmers & Distillers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Fitzgerald’s, Founding Farmers (Reston Station, Montgomery County,Tysons), Foxtrot Market (Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Mt. Vernon Square) Fred & Stilla, Gerrard Street Kitchen, Gypsy Kitchen, Hank’s Oyster Bar (All Locations) Highline, HipCityVeg (All Locations), Ice Cream Jubilee, Il Canale, Immigrant Food, Immigrant Food+ @ The Planet Word Museum, Jaleo, JINYA Ramen Bar, KAZ Sushi Bistro, LCD – La Côte D’Or Café L’Enfant Bar and Grill, Lobby Bar at The Fairmont, Lyle’s, Mélange, metrobar, Morris American Bar, NAMA Sushi Bar, Nobu Washington D.C., Oath Pizza, Old Ebbitt Grill, Open City, Osteria Morini, Oyamel, RavenHook Bakehouse @ Union Market, ROCKLANDS Barbeque and Grilling Company (Alexandria and DC), SEOULSPICE (NoMa, Penn Quarter and Tenleytown), Serenata, Sidecar, Slice & Pie, South Block (All Locations), Spanish Diner, Takara 14, The Coupe, The Creamery at Union Market, The Diner, The Hamilton, The Pig, The Salt Line, The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse, The Tombs, TICO DC, Toki Underground, Tonic at Quigley’s, True Food Kitchen, Truluck’s Ocean’s Finest Seafood & Crab, Tryst, Uptown Market, Wildfire, Yume Sushi and Zaytinya.
Cherry Nights venues include: The Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse, metrobar, Swingers Crazy Golf, Dirty Habit DC, The Dew Drop Inn, Fred & Stilla at The Ven at Embassy Row, Tonic at Quigley’s, Wunder Garten, Blackfinn Ameripub and Zebbie’s Garden.
For the health and safety of all participants, the Festival encourages attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in alignment with CDC recommendations. If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or have recently been exposed, please choose a digital option such as the #BloomCam for experiencing the Festival. Please note that masking may be required at Festival events in areas where social distancing is not possible. Please review event details on the Festival website to determine whether proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend. Please note that safety requirements may change, so attendees are encouraged to sign up for Festival emails to receive the latest updates.
The Festival encourages participants to engage with the community by posting pictures, videos, and memories to their social media channels using the hashtag #RediscoverSpring. For more information about the 2022 Festival, visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org/RediscoverSpring and follow the Festival’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
ABOUT NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the world’s great celebrations of spring. Hosted from March 20 – April 17, the 2022 Festival will include four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming that promotes traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit.
Visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information, and check out Facebook (@CherryBlossomFestival), Instagram (@CherryBlossFest), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest), and YouTube (@NationalCherryBlossomFestivalDC). The Festival is supported by Leadership Circle Sponsors Events DC and Amazon.