Taste of Bethesda Canceled Due to Stormy Forecast

Taste of Bethesda Canceled Due to Stormy Forecast

Come Back to Bethesda car show also canceled

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Taste of Bethesda in 2014

Andrew Metcalf

The Taste of Bethesda will not take place this year.

The Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) Thursday afternoon canceled the event that was scheduled for Saturday. Weather forecasts predict up to 10 inches of rain could fall over the next three days.

 “Set-up for the festival that annually attracts 45,000 attendees, begins at 2 a.m., and due to the predicted high winds and significant amounts of rainfall at this time, the event has been canceled,” BUP said in a press release.

Stephanie Coppula, spokeswoman for BUP, told Bethesda Beat Thursday afternoon that the event was canceled rather than rescheduled because too many of the vendors weren’t available on other dates.  “There are too many moving parts,” she said. “It’s just such a big festival. We don’t want to do it unless we can do it at 120 percent.”

This is the first time in the event’s 26-year history it has been canceled. The annual festival features small bites from more than 50 Bethesda restaurants, which serve food from tents that line Woodmont Triangle.

In addition, the Come Back to Bethesda Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, which is held in conjunction with Taste of Bethesda, has also been cancelled, according to Sam Weaver, the co-owner of Chevy Chase Cars, which sponsors the show. The Come Back to Bethesda show, which was to celebrate its 25th year on Saturday, has raised nearly $1 million for The Children’s Inn at NIH.

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad's annual "Rescue Day" open house has also been canceled.

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