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Dinner Ticket

Ticket includes cocktail hour and all-you-can-eat meal served family style in the great outdoors. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options will be available. Drinks (cocktails, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic options) included with ticket price. Expect great people, incredible food, and some fun surprises. A portion of the proceeds benefits the good work of La Cocina and City Kids Wilderness Project.

Camping Ticket

Reserve your spot for a beautiful campout in our grassy, tree shaded site. We’ll keep the bonfires rolling as we enjoy evening entertainment and late night snacks. We’ll have clean bathrooms and fire rings stocked with wood - you provide your own camping gear. And if you’re new to camping, REI’s experts are on hand to help you with anything you need. Breakfast is included the next morning – prepared by the chef teams of course!

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Mountain Bike Tour of Patuxent River Park

Join REI’s expert mountain bike instructors for a casual paced mountain bike tour of the forest and wetlands trails throughout Patuxent River Park. These rolling trails are very beginner friendly, though we’d encourage you to choose this option if you’ve had even a little previous experience riding a mountain bike. REI will provide bike, helmet, and guide. 3 hours total. Lunch provided before tour by Little Sesame.

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Kayak Tour of Jug Bay

Just off shore from our Culinary Campout, the Patuxent River opens up into a wide tidal section called Jug Bay – and it is just plain gorgeous. It’s best experienced by kayak. Select this experience add on to join REI’s expert kayak instructors for a tour of this Maryland gem. You’ll paddle on freshwater tides flowing through lily pads and marsh grasses, and we can pretty much guarantee you’ll see some spectacular wildlife. No previous paddling experience necessary. REI will provide kayak, PFD, and guide. Lunch provided before tour by Little Sesame. 3 hours total.

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Yoga in the Great Outdoors

If you’ve never done a yoga class amidst the breezy trees, this one might be for you: join one of our favorite Yoga instructors for an all-levels flow class in the great outdoors. REI will provide mat and instructor (feel free to bring your own mat though). Lunch provided before class by Little Sesame. 90 minutes total.

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VIP Sous Chef Experience

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to help prepare a meal with a professional chef, this one is for you. An intimate group of folks will get to step into the outdoor kitchen and cook alongside our all-star chef team. You’ll get hands-on insight into their techniques and recipes for the meal and walk away with a food memory you won’t soon forget. Lunch provided beforehand by Little Sesame.

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Backcountry Cocktails with Carlie Steiner

Co-owner and drinks director at DC’s darling Himitsu, Carlie Steiner knows her way around a good drink in the outdoors. Join Carlie as she talks about her personal approach to a great drink and walks you through several unique cocktail recipes perfect for your next camping trip. And yes – you’ll get to enjoy the beverages too. Lunch provided before class by Little Sesame. This experience requires the purchase of an add-on experience ticket.

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Butchery Demo with Nathan Anda

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the art of butchery, this is your chance to learn it from a master. In this interactive demo, Chef Nathan Anda will walk you through the process he would use for breaking down a whole hog, demonstrating the cuts that he and the chefs are using to prepare the evening’s dinner and the cuts that go to make different types of cured meats and charcuterie. The animal is sourced from Leaping Waters Farm in Virginia. Lunch provided before demo by Little Sesame. This experience requires the purchase of an add-on experience ticket.

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Want to come to dinner but prefer to leave the driving to somebody else? We’ll have a bus departing the REI DC Flagship (201 M Street NE) at 3:30pm. You’ll arrive at the Culinary Campout location before happy hour. The bus will leave dinner at 9pm, allowing you time to enjoy some bonfire and music post-dinner. Bus will arrive at the DC Flagship around 10p. There is paid on-site parking available in the parking garage on Congress Street NE. $50 Roundtrip.

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