Highly Anticipated Union Market Hosts Second Annual DC Scoop to Celebrate Opening

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Market, the highly anticipated food market redeveloped by EDENS, one of the nation's leading retail real estate owners and developers, will open its doors to the public on September 8, 2012.  To celebrate the opening, Union Market will host the Second Annual DC Scoop Artisan Ice Cream competition on September 9, 2012.

Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year-round food market featuring over 40 local vendors.  This authentic marketplace will spark a more vibrant Union Market district that over time will become the unique destination for DC's sophisticated and creative community inclusive of culinary, entrepreneurial and artistic innovators.

Through a highly selective process, Union Market is composed of the finest food artisans ranging from up-and-coming entrepreneurs to well known restaurateurs all creating a unique culinary experience.  Union Market vendors include: Rappahannock Oysters Co.; Buffalo & Bergen created by well-known mixologist Gina Chersevani; an Amanda McClements' lifestyle boutique; Righteous Cheese; Peregrine Espresso; Lyon Bakery; Trickling Springs Creamery; Harvey's Market; Oh! Pickles; Almaala Farms; DC Empanadas and TaKorean. 

Union Market will open this Saturday, September 8 and will be open on Friday through Sunday only until November. Hours of operation will be Friday 11 AM8 PM and Saturday & Sunday from 8 AM8 PM.  In November, the Market will expand its operating hours and open 6 days a week.

The Second Annual DC Scoop is an annual artisan ice cream tasting event and competition where the DC area's best frozen flavor artisans gather to serve their prized traditional ice cream, savory gelato, irresistible custard and guilt-free yogurt to a panel of distinguished judges and attendees in hopes of being crowned the 2012 DC Scoop winner.  Ice cream vendors participating in the 2012 DC Scoop include: Boss Ice Cream, Dolcezza Gelato, Sinplicity, Toby's Homemade Ice Cream, Ice Cream Jubilee, Sweet Willows Creamery, Dominion Ice Cream, Goodies Frozen Custard and Taharka Brothers among others.

The 2012 DC Scoop will take place on September 9, 2012 from 1PM4PM at Union Market, located at 1309 5th Street, NE.  There is no cost for admission.  Each attendee will receive three free sample tickets for tasting and a ticket to vote for their favorite.

For more information on Union Market and the 2012 DC Scoop, please visit www.unionmarketdc.com

About EDENS:
EDENS develops, owns and operates neighborhood shopping centers in primary markets throughout the East Coast.  Focusing on innovative development and redevelopment together with key acquisitions in urban areas, the Company has built an institutional-quality portfolio of 130 retail centers.  EDENS has Regional Headquarters in Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Miami and Columbia, SC.  For additional information about the Company and its retail real estate portfolio, please visit www.EDENS.com.



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