Congratulations to Bethesda Urban Partnership (BUP) Director of Operations Jeff Burton and the entire BUP team on dialing up a fabulous day to enjoy the 21st annual Taste of Bethesda Saturday, October 2.

Bethesda’s famous food and music festival, brings over 55 restaurants and four stages of entertainment to Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.  Each year, more than 40,000 attendees sample the delicious restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit the kid’s corner for face painting and arts & crafts.

We’ll have to wait to get the official metrics from Jeff, but I’m betting this year was a record-setter.  From the time booths opened at 11 am until closing at 4 pm, a throng of people filled the streets.

Bethesda Green (and the Maryland Energy & Sustainability Cooperative, a BG Incubator company) shared tent space with Bethesda Cares (a community outreach program for the homeless), the BCC Regional Services Center, and other Montgomery County government agencies — all of us providing information to the public about our respective organizations.

We passed out more than 40 composting bins, cleaning out the supply we had on hand.  The free bins, provided by the county and used for leaves and garden debris, may be picked up at Bethesda Green.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Bethesda Green Executive Director Dave Feldman share a moment at the Taste of Bethesda.

It being the height of the political season, the Taste of Bethesda also attracted major candidates for numerous local, state and federal offices, including Congressman Chris Van Hollen, who has represented Maryland’s 8th District in Congress since 2002.