Appetite: Dates to Circle in June

Appetite: Dates to Circle in June

A tasting tour of Del Ray, a beer garden with all the fixings and – get ready – yoga with cats. June is shaping up to start the summer season off right. Here are some of the city’s best bets in the food-and-drink world this month:

Taste of Del Ray, June 4-6

Del Ray’s famous food festival is back – in a pandemic-friendly way. The Taste of Del Ray event is switching things up a bit this year, extending to a weekend-long format and routing orders through the restaurants themselves rather than via a central hub of offerings. But through it all, the sentiment remains: The neighborhood’s best and brightest restaurants are on display for all to taste, with a menu for everyone at the ready. Evening Star Café, Hops n Shine, Spice Kraft, Stomping Ground – more than a dozen eateries are on offer, just waiting for you to give them a try. Online registration is $5.

Cat Yoga at Mount Purrnon Cat Café, June 6

Yoga. Cats. Yoga AND cats? Maybe it won’t be quite the relaxing yogic experience you’re used to, but it will certainly be entertaining. Mount Purrnon is offering its first ever Cat Yoga event on June 6. Haven’t found your enlightenment yet? No problem. This yoga class is open to all experience levels. (The cats will teach you all you need to know.) 11 a.m.-noon. $25.

North Payne Beer Garden, June 12

Rocket Frog Brewing is teaming up with The Loop Coworking to bring the beer garden ambiance to Old Town. This month, the reggae will be pumping, the Soul Rebel food truck will be on hand to dish up some food and, of course, the beer will be flowing. Can’t make it this month? The beer garden will be going strong once a month through September, so mark your calendar for June 12, July 10, Aug. 7 and Sept. 25. Noon-6 p.m. $10 includes entrance and a beer..

Hope Nelson is the author of “Classic Restaurants of Alexandria” and owns the Kitchen Recessionista blog, located at Email her any time at