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Participating Restaurants to Offer Specials July 31 through August 15

The Baltimore County Office of Tourism and Promotion, the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, and Sysco are pleased to announce the 10th Baltimore County Restaurant Week beginning on Friday, July 31. Fifty-eight Baltimore County restaurants have joined the summer promotion.

The participating restaurants from across the County will feature special menus at discounted, fixed prices, offering one to three course brunch, lunch, and dinner specials ranging from $15.15 to $35.15.

“Foodies and patrons alike look forward to Restaurant Week – it’s a great time for them to experience places they’ve been meaning to try at a big savings,” stated Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I encourage everyone to experience the many diverse cuisines in the County and support the local restaurant industry.”

For a list of all participating restaurants and menus, go to
Partners for the promotion include Downtown Diane and The Restaurant Association of Maryland.

Tomatos from a County Farmers Market

by Chris McCollum

Executive Director, Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture

There’s nothing like the taste of fresh berries.  I don’t mean the strawberries and blueberries you can buy in January at the supermarket. I’m talking about the berries that left the patch a few hours ago.  When I say “no sugar added,” I really mean “no sugar necessary.”   

That’s the difference when you buy fresh seasonal fruit, vegetables, meats and dairy products at your local farmers market.  In Baltimore County, we’re lucky to have 15 farmers markets selling healthy foods that come straight from Baltimore County farms.    

Berries, squash and beans are in season now. Treat yourself to a bunch of locally grown flowers, bring home some organic herbs, or try a free range chicken or low-fat bison for the grill. (Yes, bison really do roam in Baltimore County at Gunpowder Bison & Trading Co. in Monkton and at Morris Meadows in Freeland.)

Visit your community farmers market. It’s a whole new taste of fresh. Plus, you’ll be supporting our local farmers. Click here to find the farmers market closest to you.

Cooking at the Fiesta Filipiniana

by Marjorie Hampson

Baltimore County Tourism Director

Have you ever eaten Itlog na pula? How about some cocidos? Never tried Pulutan? These aren’t exotic delicacies only available in foreign lands. They’re wonderful foods enjoyed by your neighbors each and every day and this Sunday, you can try them out for yourself at the Fiesta Filipiniana.

The Fiesta Filipiniana is Maryland's largest free Filipino-American outdoor festival and it’s back in Patriot Plaza, between the Towson Courthouses on Bosley Avenue, on Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Admission is free.

This is the 22nd year that Towson has hosted the Fiesta, which honors Filipino history and heritage that so many residents of Baltimore County have brought to our communities. This fiesta offers a chance to enjoy all things Filipino, from live music to cuisine to native crafts. It’s a great opportunity to expand your horizons, learn more about your fellow County citizens, and best of all, try some great food. Everything starts at 11:30 a.m. with a Filipino parade with native costumes.

For more information about Fiesta, check out

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