The beef checkoff, via the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI), returns to the shores of the Potomac River on May 4-5 for the 2013 National Harbor Wine and Food Festival.

Checkoff Executive Chef Dave Zino will be on the Viking Cooking Stage in the main festival tent at 2 p.m. Saturday to demonstrate how to bridge the gap between healthy recipes and flavorful dishes, without using the crutches of fat and sodium.

Back in the beef checkoff tent throughout the weekend, the NEBPI plans to distribute information about the nutritional value and versatility of lean beef, including recipes for healthier cooking; and Roseda Beef, a sustainable farm located just outside of Baltimore, Md., will be sampling tasting portions of their Black Angus beef.

Festival-goers will be challenged to test their Beef IQ at the tent through various games, including Pin the Cut on the Cow, to win coveted “I Love Beef” swag.

In addition, beef street teams, including several members of the National Beef Ambassador Program, will be on-site to accompany the program’s lively mascot, Miss Patty Melt, as she interacts with the crowd along the piers on the Potomac waterfront.

As in years past, the beef checkoff tent will be located on the raised platform just above “The Awakening” sculpture between the piers at National Harbor. Simply follow your nose to find the beef!

More information about the National Harbor Wine & Food Festival, including show info and tickets, can be found online at

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