Get ready to roll.
Baltimore and Washington's fleets of food trucks are squaring off again. Some 40 trucks, 20 from each city, are expected to attend the second Taste of Two Cities event on June 1, which is relocating from the Westport waterfront to Rash Field.
Food trucks from Baltimore and Washington will compete in several categories. An overall winner will be presented the Mayor's Cup Trophy by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who performed the same honors at the event's premier edition, when Baltimore's Gypsy Queen was selected the best by a panel of judges.
This year's edition will again include a People's Choice Award and a new prize, the United Way's Golden Carrot, to be presented by the United Way of Central Maryland's "healthy food ambassador," Molly Shattuck, to the food truck with the most healthful item on its menu.
The event is being organized by Damian Bohager, who produces the weekly Baltimore-based food-truck rallies known as The Gatherings, which originally were held on a monthly basis but are now held weekly at rotating venues.
This year's event will offer a few amenities that the first edition didn't have, including a children's play space and family activities such as volleyball and corn hole tournaments. Throughout the day, there will be performances by the bands Old Man Brown, Bosley and Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good.
Proceeds from Taste of Two Cities will benefit the United Way of Central Maryland's efforts to fight hunger. Attendees who bring a healthful, nonperishable food item to donate will receive a $2 discount on admission.
The event is from noon to 9 p.m June 1 at Rash Field in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Admission is $5 and free for children under 12. For more information got to tasteoftwocities.com.
A month for wine May is the month for wine tastings, inside and out.
Thursday night is the ninth annual Wine Tasting at Sunset in Patterson Park. The evening event will include samplings of cuisine provided by merchants and restaurants like Bistro Rx, V-NO, Todd Conner's, Di Pasquale's and Chesapeake Wine Co.
"We're thrilled to have some of the best delights from the neighborhood's finest restaurants and wine companies," said Kathy Harget, executive director of Friends of Patterson Park, a nonprofit group that provides support and resources for the park's upkeep and programs. "All of our sponsors from last year are back for a second year, excited to serve our guests. Chesapeake Wine Co. has been here from the start."
The event will include acoustic performances by local musician Rob Fahey and a silent auction of items from local artists, businesses and residents.
The Wine Tasting at Sunset is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday around the Marble Fountain in Patterson Park. Tickets are $50. For information call 410-276-3676.
Wine concerts Linganore Winecellars in Mount Airy kicks off its 2013 schedule of two-day concert events on Saturday and Sunday with the Caribbean Wine, Music and Art Festival. The event includes tastings of Linganore wines and performances from Pan Masters and the Image Band.
The Caribbean festival is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road in Mount Airy. Tickets are $20. For more information call 301-831-5889 or go to linganorewines.com.
The remaining Wine, Music and Art Festivals are Vine Rewind (June 22-23). Reggae Festival (July 20-21) and Autumn Reggae Festival (Oct. 19-20).
Drink for a cause McCormick & Co. and the Wine Source are hosting a wine-tasting fundraiser for HopeWell Cancer Support on May 30 at the nonprofit's Lutherville headquarters. The event, "Fine Wine's Fresh Frontier: The Southern Hemisphere," will include wine tastings, cheese pairings, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction.
Funds raised at the event will support the HopeWell mission, which is to create a support community for people coping with cancer.
The wine tasting is 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 30 at HopeWell Cancer Support, 10628 Falls Road, Lutherville. Tickets are $60. For information call 410-832-2719 or go to hopewellcancersupport.org.