By Mia Finley
We’re plugged in with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram updates, so why not take advantage of restaurants offering local deals via social media?
1. Bakeshop started an Instagram photo contest this month. Just snap a stylish photo of your favorite Bakeshop treat and tag them on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook (#BakeshopVA) for a chance to win free baked goods or merchandise. / Bakeshop; 1025 N. Filmore St., Arlington
2. Check back daily as Sugar Shack posts the “Freebie O’ the Day” on Twitter each morning. Challenges including answering trivia questions, spelling doughnut in sign language or performing a dinosaur impression. Random? Hilarious? Either way, you can walk out with a free sweet treat every day of the week. / Sugar Shack; 804 N. Henry St., Alexandria
3. To celebrate Breeze Bakery‘s fifth anniversary, the shop is holding a photo contest from now until July 31. Take a photo with their Instagram cutout and tag them on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Everyone wins—customers may choose one of the fifth anniversary cold beverages on a special menu. Then wait until Aug. 2 when all submissions will be reviewed and the best overall will receive $150 gift card. / Breeze Bakery Cafe; 4125 Hummer Road, Annandale
4. This year the DMV Food Truck Association is featuring Fan Face Off where two lucky fans will win spots to compete in the Curbside Cookoff chef battles on September 12. Prepare your best food dish and share a picture over Instagram with the hashtag #DMVFTAfanfaceoff. Likes will determine the two winners selected this Friday. Tickets to the Curbside Cookoff can be found here. / DMVFTA