On Sunday October 20th we made it over to the Taste Philadelphia Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits presented by Gourmet Shows. The big event began on Friday the 18th and went all weekend, with 2 sessions available on Saturday. Tickets sold for approximately $45 per person. There were some great culinary demonstrations, celebrity appearances, and beer and wine seminars available for an additional cost.
We attended Taste last year when it took place at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at the Oaks. (To read post: Click Here.) This year, the festivities were held at the Valley Forge Casino. Big improvement! While there were several familiar vendors, booths and celebrities in attendance, there were also a few new faces. We were excited to attend a culinary presentation by Bravo’s Top Chef Fan Favorite, Fabio Viviani. We also met up with Barry Sexton, featured on Food Network’s Dinner Impossible, who was cooking up some food samples for attendees. In the wine world, former coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, was there to sign some Vermeil Wines bottles. Also there for wine bottle signing was Ramona Singer from The Real Housewives of NYC. We sampled her wines and met her earlier this year at the Philadelphia Flower Show. (To read post: Click Here.) Other talented chefs included: “Rebel Chef” and 2012 winner of Food Network’s Extreme Chef, Terry French; Chef and Emmy Award winning comedian Mark DeCarlo, from ABC’s Windy City LIVE; and many more! Beer and Wine Seminars were presented by beer enthusiast Gary Monterosso and The Wine Guru John McNulty.
While the Valley Forge Casino was a step up in location, the place was extremely crowded again this year. For a Sunday, we were surprised at how busy it was. Lines at booths to sample a variety of foods and products were very long. We also noticed several vendors closed up shop early. The special designated wine and spirits area was almost avoidable, but we couldn’t pass up the chance to sample a few favorites and some new finds. The “man cave” area playing the football game on large T.V.s was a nice touch. This event is obviously very popular with the locals, so if you plan on checking it out next year, go with some patience and plenty of time. Cheers!
Enjoy our slideshow of this event:
- Top 10 Picks from NYCWFF and PPFWS (gigglesgobblesandgulps.com)
- New York Wine and Food Festival 2013 (nay-say.com)
- Checking In On Top Chef: New Orleans (checkingthescore.wordpress.com)
- Chef Jose Garces Expands His Philadelphia Restaurant Empire With A Trio Of New Concepts, Starting With Rosa Blanca, Opening Early November (uwishunu.com)
- ‘RHONY’ Star Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan To Get Spin-Off Show? (celebs.gather.com)