The annual Hampdenfest is this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Co-sponsored by Hampden Village Merchants Association and the Hampden Community Council, the showcase for the Hampden business community unfolds on 36th Street between Falls Road and Keswick Avenue.
Yes, there will be toilet races, and the Hampden Idol contest. There will also be performances on three stages, organized by Benn Ray of Atomic Books.
Food vendors include Blacksauce Kitchen, Gypsy Queen Food Truck, Hula Honeys Hawaiian Shave Ice and B-More Alive (the falafel people from the Baltimore farmers' market). The event's beer vendors are Union Craft Brewing and National Bohemian beer.
But wait, that's not all.
The Great Baltimore Mac Off Competition is back. The contest is open to both professional and amateur chefs. Festival attendees can help decide a "people's choice" winner. Tasting Tickets will be available for sale at the festival from 11 a.m .to 2 p.m., or until the tickets are sold out.
And, finally, there's the annual Waiter Race, scheduled for 1 p.m. The test of speed and agility starts at 1 p.m. in front of the Food Market, 1017 W. 36th St. The first place winner will receive a limited-edition tricycle as well as gift cards to the Food Market and Corner BYOB.
The entry fee for the Waiter Race is a $25 gift card from the participant's restaurant. Register in advance by emailing email@example.com. You can also register the day of the race between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.