Monday, April 7, 2014

Local Libations at the Philly Farm & Food Fest


The 3rd Annual Philly Farm & Food Fest is this Sunday, April 13th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This event is put on by your friends at Fair Food and PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculure) and while I've never been, seems like it should be a great time. The fest is a showcase for local, sustainable foods and businesses including some of my favorite breweries.

If you plan on attending, be sure to check out the Local Libations Lounge where you'll be treated to guided tastings from Dock Street, Sly Fox, Victory and Weyerbacher. There will also be some other liquids (yes, they exist) from Dad's Hat Whiskey, Frecon Farm's Cidery, Paradocx Vineyard, Stonekeep Meadery and Philadelphia DIstilling, makers of Bluecoat American Dry Gin - a favorite of mine. This is one of those great opportunities to celebrate just how spoiled we are when it comes to local beer.

A seemingly exciting addition to the 2014 Fest is the Shellfish Salon where Sam Mink, owner of Oyster House, will lead a guided tasting of delicious East Coast oysters and clams. The Heritage Shellfish Cooperative will be shucking some briny beauties from Cape May Salts and Choptank Oyster Company and freshly cooked clams.

If you're reading this, it's safe to assume that local food and local beer is of some importance to you. If you're anything like me then throwing shellfish into the mix only sweetens the deal. General Admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door on Sunday. A limited number of tickets are still available for the timed and guided tastings in the Local Libations Lounge and Shellfish Salon for $15 per person. More details and tickets are available at phillyfarmfest.org.

Maybe I'll see ya there on Sunday, cheers!

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