Celebrating our Neighborhood Traditions this Chinese New Year

At Farmers & Distillers, our Mt Vernon Square neighborhood offers our culinary team a wide array of inspiration, right here in the middle of downtown DC. We are lucky to have the cultural and culinary influence of our nearby Chinatown neighborhood to help guide our chefs when creating our menus.

We are celebrating that influence with the start of Chinese New Year 2019 on February 5th. Marking the Year of the Pig, representing wealth and generosity, we will be celebrating with our neighborhood friends on Sunday, February 10, 2019, when downtown DC comes alive with the annual Chinese New Year Parade beginning at 2pm and heading down H Street, NW, between 6th and 8th Streets.

As we sit just steps from the parade route, we invite you to join us for brunch before enjoying all the sights and sounds the parade has to offer – from the Chinese lions and dragons dancing along H Street to the beautiful red lacquered drums/musicians marching down the parade route or spectators cheering on the Chinese Youth Club of Washington as these talented kids twirl a traditional Chinese yo-yo, aka the diabolo.

Or join us for dinner following your afternoon of revelry. We are serving plenty of delicious, scratch-made fare inspired by our neighborhood. From our Sticky Pork Riblets to our Pan-Fried Dumplings to our Hand-Pulled Noodles to our famous Chinese Fried Chicken, we have something for everyone. Continue the celebration with a sampling of our award-winning craft cocktails from our in-house distillery, Founding Spirits.

For such celebratory meals, and every day occasions, we advise guests to make reservations with us.

If you choose to skip the parade and enjoy your Chinese New Year taking in a traditional Chinese performance, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage is featuring two amazing shows: the Guangdong National Orchestra Ensemble playing traditional Chinese folk music on February 7th; and the award-winning Guangdong Arts Troupe Chinese dance, acrobatics, and puppetry theatrical performance on February 8th.

As our Farmers & Distillers sibling restaurant, Farmers Fishers Bakers, is located right at the Washington Harbour, our team is happy to serve you before or after enjoying one of these Chinese New Year-centric Kennedy Center performances. As always, we recommend making a reservation.

Founding Spirits Pours Our Craft Vodka & More at the DC Distillers Festival

Founding Spirits, our small-batch distillery located in the heart of Farmers & Distillers, joined the party at the DC Distillers Festival this past weekend.

This curated, three-session, all-day, all-night event featured 1920’s jazz bands and a burlesque show. Gatsby-era costumes were encouraged and plentiful in this speakeasy environment. Guests sampled over 60 craft spirits to their heart’s content from over 20 craft distillers, including our very own DC-based distillery, Founding Spirits.

We poured samples of our spirits, including our craft vodka, and mixed three of our signature craft cocktails, including: Buck’s Blood Orange, pictured above, (Founding Spirits Vodka, lemon, ginger, honey, aperol); Boulevardier (Founding Spirits American Whiskey, Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, campari); and our Amaro Daiquiri (Founding Spirits Arroyo’s “Never Bitter” Amaro, Founding Farmers Rye Whisky, orgeat, lime).

This one of a kind annual event was held at the Long View Gallery in downtown DC. The day and night included a lot of mingling and chatting, tasting and relaxing, and even some dancing. We were delighted to be a part of this year’s party.