After a year of pick-up meals or total restaurant shutdowns, Maryland’s Montgomery County is offering the “ultimate foodie experience” with its MoCo Eats Week as the country gradually returns to pre-pandemic dining.

The campaign, which kicked off April 23 and runs through Monday, is the first-ever county-wide restaurant week coordinated by Visit Montgomery and the County’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Services in response to the COVID-19 health crisis over the past 13 months.

For the more than 50 participating restaurants around the county, it will be a way to encourage old customers to return to their favorite places or meet up with friends and family.

Participating restaurants are in limited areas or have strict instructions on how meals must be offered. MoCo Eats Week allows restaurants, craft beverage producers and local food producers to set up their own individual promotional specials.

“It is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to explore the diverse culinary scene in the county,” the campaign’s website stated.

Unique aspects of MoCo Eats Week include a downloadable app where all restaurants are listed. Patrons can win gift cards or staycation deals.

Businesses also can host an event during the week or show prerecorded events, such as cooking or cocktail-making segments, history-themed happy hours, tastings or other creative offerings.

For a list of participating restaurants, go to

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