Appetite: 3 Dates to Circle in June

Appetite: 3 Dates to Circle in June

June is teeming with summertime activities for foodies of all stripes. Here are a few can’t-miss events to keep your schedule (and stomach) full.

June 18: Father’s Day Brunch, Blackwall Hitch, 5 Cameron St.

Celebrate dear old Dad with some of his favorite goodies overlooking Alexandria’s waterfront. From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., feast on a buffet that runs the gamut from chicken and waffles to fresh oysters and shrimp. Order up a custom omelette or take advantage of Blackwall’s carving station, which features beef, ham and pork. And — why not — grab a pastry or two for the occasion as well.

The buffet price is $39.99 per person; the tab goes down to $14.99 for children 13 years old and younger.

June 23: Retro Night and Tap Takeover, FireFlies, 1501 Mount Vernon Ave.

Time to bust out your best gear from the ’80s and ’90s. Local band Cognitive Behavior will provide the tunes; you provide the festivity. Need help? FireFlies is the site of a tap takeover that evening, as well, featuring local favorites DC Brau, Fair Winds, Heroic Aleworks, and Victory Beer.

There’s no cover charge to get in — and you’ll get 15 percent off your meal if you wear throwback attire.

June 24: Vine on the Waterfront

The sixth annual Vine on the Waterfront event, situated at Oronoco Bay Park for another year, offers up a wide array of wine, food and entertainment options for everyone to enjoy. Wine options range from Orange County’s Horton Vineyards to Leon’s Prince Michel Vineyard to cider from Winchester’s Cobbler Mountain Cider. Venture over to some of the food vendors, including the Italian-food purveyor Carluccio’s and all-American Mason Social, and finish up the event with a sweet treat from the likes of Alexandria Cupcake or Dolci Gelati.

The event is free to attend; tickets are required for tasting. Tickets are $15 through June 16 and $25 after. Check for details.

Hope Nelson owns and operates the Kitchen Recessionista blog, located at Email her any time at