Despite intermittent rain, between 15,000 and 20,000 people came out Saturday to sample food from 50 restaurants at the annual Taste of Bethesda festival in Woodmont Triangle.
Taste of Bethesda was canceled last year because of a storm, but the crowd Saturday seemed undeterred by the dreary weather.
The Bethesda Urban Partnership, which organizes the event, for the first time this year gave out awards to the restaurants serving the best dishes. The winners of the “Bethesda’s Best Bite Awards” were Gringos & Mariachis, Silver, Gusto Italian Grill and Momo Chicken & Grill. Judges for the contest included Carol Trawick, the head of the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation; and Kathleen Neary, associate editor of Bethesda Magazine.
As many as 45,000 people have attended the festival in the past when the weather was sunny and warm.