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The District’s 20 most popular street vendors will converge in downtown DC today and tomorrow for two full days of art, music, dance and of course the best …food the vendors have to offer. AND IT ALL STARTS RIGHT NOW (admission is free!)

The Department of Consumer and Affairs (DCRA), in proud partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Brightest Young Things, and the Downtown BID, presents the city’s first annual Curbside Cookoff.

The vendors invited to participate were selected from a week-long online open voting process and the vendors chosen can satisfy anyone’s cravings including:

Red Hook Lobster Truck
DC Slices
District Taco
Eat Wonky
BBQ Bandidos
Yellow Cart
Pedro and Vinny’s Burrito Cart
Curbside Cupcakes
DC Empanadas
Eat Sauca
El Floridano
Fojol Bros.
Food Chain DC
Fry Captain
Yellow Truck
Pleasant Pops
Rebel Heroes
Sweet Bites
Sweetflow Mobile
Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite vendor on-site via paper ballot and via American Idol-style SMS text messaging. More details on the voting process will be announced in the next few days.

Want to See Who’s Already There? Check Out of Venue Page on Foursquare

Want to See Who is Winning the Real-Time Vote? Visit our Live Vote Reporting Page

Want to See Live Photos and News Updates? Follow @DCRA and @BYT on twitter (OFFICIAL HASHTAG #CURBSIDEDC)

Curbside Culture: Not Just Food

The curbside is a place of gathering where people come together to share in cultural expression. And, at the heart of that sharing are two key ingredients: good food and a good time.

To create an arts experience that moves people (literally) to relax, enjoy themselves is what the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities aims to do. Bringing together the highest forms of art mixed in with popular and indigenous cultural themes with a dynamic food experience.

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Curbside Cool: A relaxing afternoon of music and mural art from djRBI and Grafitti Artists Tim Conlon and Decoy. Also, featuring “in the crowd” performances by the “Acro-Yogis,” “The Light” and “Pastorale.”

Curbside Classics: A Dance Party through the Decades from featuring dj RBI in a dj exposition chronicling popular dance hall hits from the 50s/60s, 70s/80s, 90s/now paired with dance demonstrations for crowd participation in hand dancing, break-dancing, popping and locking, and line dancing. Artists include Markus Smith of the National Hand Dance Association and Beat Ya Feet Kings. And, to spice up the crowd, percussive music and dance including “The Human Beatbox” Christylz Bacon and tap with Quynn Johnson.

Friday, October 8, 2010
Curbside Cool: A calming afternoon of music and yoga with Yoga Artist Julie Eisenberg. There’s a yoga pose to help you digest all that food you’re sampling! In the crowd, more artists to keep the cool vibe include the “Acro-Yogis” and Pastorale.

Curbside Culture: An electrifying experience of percussive dance and drum featuring a stage performance by Farafina Kan and dance demonstrations with crowd participation by Sahara Dance and Farafina Kan.