On Sunday, April 14th we attended the Philly Farm & Food Fest at the PA Convention Center. This was the 2nd year for the event which is a collaboration project between P.A.S.A. and Fair Food Philly. It was presented by Whole Foods Market and sponsors included Chipotle Mexican Grill, Kimberton Whole Foods and Philly.com/food. For $15 (presale) or $20 (at the door), tickets promised you would be able to sample a variety of local and organic foods and products, as well as attend workshops and cooking demonstrations from well-known local chefs and farmers.
The festival took place from 11am-4pm. We arrived at around 1:30pm and the place was packed! Exhibitors who were handing out food samples had pretty long lines and a few even ran out early. Luckily we hit up these guys before they did….
We also ran into one of our favorite vendors…
Farm Fromage has been at a few events we’ve attended and once again did not disappoint with a new goat cheese.
A guest favorite seemed to be Chipotle. They ran out of tacos quite a few times. In the end we were able to try some Tofu tacos which were actually really good.
We were a little disappointed at how many exhibitors did NOT offer free samples of their products. There were several who were selling them instead. Just doesn’t seem appropriate at this type of event when you pay to get in and learn about new products and foods. The festival is definitely a great idea and comes just in time for Earth Day. It’s obviously gaining popularity so perhaps they should consider moving to a bigger area of the Convention Center. It got a little claustrophobic and also difficult to chat with some of the exhibitors that did have samples as they were the ones with long lines at their booths.
Aside from sampling and learning about new local foods and green products, the real reason we attended the fest…
The Local Libations Lounge!
This was a new feature at the festival this year and we really hope they bring it back and do it even bigger and better next year. For an extra $15 guests 21 and over could sit in on a guided tasting. We sampled a Victory Brewing beer, Frecon Farms cider, Subarashii Kudamono dessert pear wine that was then used in a “Pennsylvania Martini” along with Philadelphia Distilling Bluecoat Gin. We also had a very good Whiskey Sour using Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey. Favorite of the bunch though they were all pretty good. It was nice to have representatives on hand to give a brief explanation and answer questions. Maybe next year they can add a few more to the line-up…and some crackers or pretzels in between tastings. 😉
For a complete slideshow of pictures from the Philly Farm & Food Fest: CLICK HERE