By Andrea Bosco Stehle
Photography: Michael Fornataro

More than 1,200 guests flocked to the National Aviary for A Night in the Tropics: Feathered Fiesta. In support of the nation’s premier bird zoo, avian-loving attendees were greeted by the grooving sounds of Solomon Steelpan Company and Sidney, the penguin, who patiently posed with guests in front of a step and repeat. Opportunities for tasting and touring were overflowing, as those attending enjoyed bites from more than 30 restaurants, bakeries, and breweries on the Aviary’s grounds. New to this year’s event, judges weighed in on their favorites. Social at Bakery Square took home Best Savory and Best Overall, respectively, and Atria’s Restaurant and Tavern was voted People’s Choice. The evening heated up as Noël Quintana & The Latin Crew fired up the dance floor, and DJ Loyal joined Salsa412 to keep the party going all night long. Guests met new feathered friends and were entertained during up-close interactions with beautiful live birds — even Wookie, the sloth, awoke for the festivities! We’re already anxious for A Night in the Tropics 2016 to take flight!

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