This past Saturday we made it over to the first annual FARE Food, Wine & Beer Festival. It was held at a little piece of American History…the Fuge in Warminster, PA. What was once a training center for Astronauts, is now a venue that can be rented to host big events. While this was the first year for FARE, it definitely proved to be a big event that will be around for a while and continue to grow. (Enjoy the complete picture slideshow at the end of this post.)
FARE brought together craft brewers, wineries, distilleries, and restaurants from Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Hosted by Fermented Productions, sponsors included the Iron Abbey Gastro Pub and Philly Beer Scene. The event took place April 13, 2013 from 12pm-4pm. Tickets sold for $60 general admission or $85 VIP (granted you a pre-festival hour of presentations from local breweries and chefs). Parking was free! Firefighters from Doylestown were on hand to volunteer their time. The Doylestown Fire Co. No. 1 is a 100% volunteer firehouse. A portion of the proceeds raised were donated to their department.
Upon arrival we were asked for ID at the door (which when you’re well over 21 is always appreciated). We were handed our souvenir mini-pint glass and in we went.
We were immediately struck by the look and feel of the spacious room…the lighting, the original astronaut equipment, fog machines, Space movies playing on big screens on the walls…it all gave it such a cool, futuristic vibe. The experience was so different from the typical Food & Wine events we’ve been to…and we loved it! What could be better than getting served beer from an astronaut…
We sampled some delicious food…and we’ve got to say, the restaurants were very generous.
We ran into some favorites, as well as some new great finds. Among them: Iron Abbey (too much yummy to mention here), na’Brasa (every carnivore’s dream), Di Bruno Bros. (6 yr aged Gouda-wow!), The Churchville Inn (best ribs!), Publick House (Crab Mac-N-Cheese…yum!), Bryn & Dane’s (healthy fast food in the burbs…great smoothies!), alla Spina (funky fresh!) and more.
We washed down all the amazing food with some equally tasty and quality drinks…
Locals~ Dog Fish Head, Free Will Brewing Co., Keystone Homebrew, Lancaster Brewing Co., Manayunk Brewery, Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Sly Fox, Victory Brewing Co., Yards Brewing Co., Dad’s Hat PA Rye Whiskey and several others.
We sampled some wine too: Juan Benegas Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina and Cielo Pinot Noir from Italy.
The highlight of our afternoon was being able to sit in on a presentation and sampling of the craft beer creation between the Iron Abbey in Horsham and Manayunk Brewing. The Abbatia Decem 10 is available exclusively at the Iron Abbey for a limited time only. It’s the 2nd beer in the tri-series collaboration. Can’t wait to try the Chardonnay barrel-aged version coming July 2013. We also cannot wait to attend this festival again in 2014.
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