Historically, Philadelphia may be known for its cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and wooder ice, but over the past few decades, it has blossomed into a thriving foodie town. And it wouldn’t be the City of Brotherly Love without a seriously strong-knit community constantly supporting each other. Some of our favorite events combine both these two strengths. We’re bringing you a list of this season’s best foodie events with a cause.
Feastival, Thursday, September 29
7 – 10 p.m. at FringeArts (140 North Columbus Boulevard)
Audi presents the 20th annual Feastival, hosted at FringeArts headquarter at Penn’s Landing this year. As a benefit for the FringeArts program, expect next-level entertainment. Red 40 & The Last Groovement’s live retro music with accompanying visual LED video elements. Even the gastronomic presentations will include theatrics. Watch as a live performance by co-host Michael Solomonov is curated before your eyes. Hot and cold elements are transformed into mouth-watering dishes. New anticipated restaurants in this year’s line-up include The Dutch, ROOT, Urban Farmer and Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. Keep up with the latest information and up-to-date coverage on social media by following Feastival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The 6th Annual Vendy Awards, Sunday, October 2
12 – 4 p.m. at The Fillmore Philadelphia (29 East Allen Street)
The 2016 Vendy Awards will showcase the best of Greater Philadelphia Area’s street food. Hosted at the Fillmore, guests can enjoy unlimited food and drink, plus live music. Best of all, guests will receive voting rights to decide which vendor takes home prizes for the Vendy Cup, People’s Choice, Best Savory and Best Dessert awards. Finalists for this year include: The Chilly Banana, Grubaholics, Dump-n-Roll, Sweet Lavender, and many more. Proceeds from this event benefit nationwide organization, The Street Vendor Project, as well as local partners, The Food Trust and the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association.
PHeaSt, Friday, October 7
6 – 10 p.m. at PHS Warehouse in The Navy Yard (5201 South 13th Street)
This celebration pairs local agriculture and top chefs in the region for a one-of-a-kind experience. Sample fresh garden-to-table dishes from the finest restaurants, sip on playful cocktails and craft beers, and get educational tips from neighboring growers. Culinary partners include Buddakan, The Farm & Fisherman, Melograno, Zavino, among others. Sips are provided by Art in the Age, Boardroom Spirits Distillery, Mac’s Tavern and more. For tickets and a full list of participants, visit the site, or learn more by following PHS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Bainbridge Green Brunch Festival, Sunday, October 16
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Bainbridge Green (350 Bainbridge Street)
In an effort to beautify the Queen Village neighborhood and bring the community together, Friends of Bainbridge Green (FOBG) is hosting their first-ever fundraising brunch festival. Begin your morning with a fresh micro-roasted brew from Ox Coffee’s signature line. Then enjoy the best of brunch fare from top culinary names like Top Chef’s Jason Chiconski from Ela, Chris D’Ambro from Southwark, and Scott Schroeder from Hungry Pigeon. Local favorites such as The Good King Tavern, Kanella, Sabrina’s Cafe and more will also be providing bites. Brunch wouldn’t be complete without hair o’ the dog cocktails. They will be shaken and stirred by Stateside Distilling and 13th Street Cocktails. Fun for all ages can be had with tasty Little Bird Bakery desserts and activities like pumpkin painting by a partnership between Painting with a Twist and Greensgrow Farms.
Unite 4 Her* Harvest, Thursday, October 27
5:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Phoenixville Foundry (2 North Main Street)
Travel westward on the Schuylkill for an exquisite evening of farm-to-table chef tastings at Harvest by Unite for HER. This unique celebration of local and sustainable dishes will be paired with special offerings from nearby wineries, breweries and spirit vendors. The Phoenixville Foundry will be transformed for this rustic-chic gathering featuring live musical entertainment, fabulous auction items, and a wine grab. Bites and booze will be provided by Il Granaio (last year’s Clean Plate Award winner), Lancaster Farm Fresh, Marshalton Inn, Pepperoncini Sotto, Portabellos of Kennett Square, and many more. VIP tickets include an hour of premium wines, meet and greets with the chefs, exclusive tastings and reserved parking. As a bonus, all tickets purchased before September 20 have a chance to win limo transportation for up to 8 people!
Philly Pours, Friday, October 28
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at The Fretz Showroom in the Navy Yard (4050 South 26th Street)
This special wine and food event showcases the wines of Anthony Hamilton Russell benefiting Resources for Human Development (RHD)’s Children Services. The Hamilton Russell family will present some of their finest wines, including rare vintages that are typically unavailable in the U.S. Anthony and wife Olive will present an intimate tasting experience with a menu that is designed to optimally pair with each pour. It begins with a signature seasonal risotto with butternut squash and pears. Then followed by mini crabcakes with avocado aioli and a warm spinach, mushroom and quinoa salad with spicy piri-piri chicken. The main plates include a South African-style braised short rib served with mini brioche and brie, as well as garlic and ginger-marinated petit tender with couscous.
The diverse variety of events and charitable organizations speaks volumes about the impact that the city’s community is making. Through creative and unique foodie events, Philadelphia’s citizens are helping to make the world a better place through fun partnerships.
* Unite for HER is a client of Philly PR Girl.
Image source(s): Uwishunu, Gourmet, The Town Dish, Philly Pours
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