Culinary experiences offer mouthwatering reasons to visit Philadelphia

Published on : Friday, October 14, 2016

unnamed-3When foodies hit the road, they take their passion for farmers markets, culinary tours and tasting experiences with them. Tasting its flavors is one of the best ways to get to know a region, and Philadelphia offers a cornucopia of edible adventures. Visitors can choose from food truck festivals, a weekend celebrating everyone’s favorite fungus, cooking classes and all sorts of wine and beer celebrations. Here’s a look at some of the region’s culinary happenings:


2017 Foodie Festivities:

Philadelphians dine at the best for less with Center City District Restaurant Weekand University City Dining Days.During the former, which takes place in January and again in September,three courses at dozens of the city’s top eateries cost just $35 for dinner and $20 for lunch, where available (tax, alcohol and gratuity not included). And throughout the latter,more than 30 of the eclectic neighborhood’s restaurants take part in the three-course, three-price dinner promo, allowing guests to choose from $15, $25 or $35 meals (not including tax, alcohol or gratuity).Center City, January 22-27, January 29-February 3, 2017, September (dates TBD),; University City, summer 2017 (dates TBD),

The annual Brewer’s Plate beer-pairing dinner spotlights the beverages and foods of the most celebrated breweries and restaurants within 150 miles of Philadelphia. More than 1,000 people head to the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts for the sell-out event, which is the marquee fundraiser for Fair Food, an organization that promotes local and sustainable eating. March 5, 2017. 300 S. Broad Street,

More than 60 esteemed restaurants and bars, from to Zavino, participate in the eight-day, 200-plus-event Philly Wine Week, a draw for both oenophiles and vino neophytes featuring tastings, pairings, specials and more—all educational, naturally. March 19-26, 2017.

Fair Food and Kitchen Table Consultants launched the Philly Farm and Food Fest as a way to help connect growers and eaters in the region while promoting healthy eating. The resulting event, held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, brims with local deliciousness, dedicating areas of the floor to cheese, drinks, CSAs, cooking demos, cookbooks and more. April 8, 2017. 1101 Arch Street,

The strip known as East Passyunk is firmly established as a hot destination for quality craft beer and food, and Flavors of the Avenue celebrates its culinary prowess. More than two dozen of the neighborhood’s most popular restaurants and bars gather to dish out their goods, while bands, a fashion show and a craft market entertain outside. April 29, 2017. Passyunk Avenue between Dickinson & Morris Streets,

From May through October, Night Market Philadelphia unites the city’s best mobile food purveyors with its most enthusiastic eaters. The street festival highlights a different neighborhood during each event (typically four during the season), with live music, fun entertainment and top- notch food and drink. 2017 dates and locations TBD.
Everyone’s Italian when the nation’s oldest outdoor market throws its annual South 9th Street Italian Market Festival. Multiple stages of live entertainment provide the soundtrack for the neighborhood-wide party featuring the Italian, Mexican and Vietnamese delicacies made by the market’s merchants. May 20-21, 2017. 9th Street & Washington Avenue,

Fruit lovers get their fill at Peddler’s Village, a charming shopping and dining center in Bucks County. At the free Strawberry Festival, berry fans sample pies, tarts, shortcake, jams and preserves. The two-day Apple Festival,also free with admission,features treats such as apple butter, cider, dumplings and fritters, as well as a juried craft show, live entertainment and pie-eating contests. Strawberry, May 21-22, 2017; Apple, November 2017 (dates TBD). Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, (215) 794-4000,
A highlight of Philadelphia’s 10-day Wawa Welcome America! July 4 festival, Wawa Hoagie Day offers the hungry lunch-goers slices of a block-long sandwich assembled before their eyes on Independence Mall. June 29, 2017. Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets,

Fruit and veggie celebrations abound during growing and harvest season at Linvilla Orchards, a 300-acre farm dedicated to agriculture, entertainment and education in Delaware County. From strawberries and raspberries (June 2017) to blueberries, sweet corn and blackberries (July 2017) to peaches (August 2017) to tomatoes and pears (August 2017) to apples (September 2017), the festivals include pick-your-own activities, family games, hayrides, music and plenty of treats to sample. 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media,

Fairmount Park looks a little bit like the islands during the Philadelphia Jerk Fest. Tickets include tastings of Caribbean food, plus live reggae music, vendors and children’s activities. August 2017 (date TBD).

Presented by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, the three-day Philadelphia Honey Festival attracts thousands of participants to multiple venues, including Bartram’s Garden, Wyck Historic House and Glen Foerd on the Delaware. Activities include beekeeping demos, speakers, brewing sessions, honey extraction, cooking demos, children’s activities and vendors sharing plenty of sweet take-homes. September 2017 (date TBD).

Kicking off Manayunk’s Restaurant Week, the StrEAT Food Festival lines Main Street with restaurants, food trucks and vendors selling edible goods and plenty of seasonal produce. During Restaurant Week, the neighborhood eateries offer multicourse prix fixe menus for $15, $25 and $35. September 2017 (Dates TBD). Main Street, Manayunk,
South Philly’s Sausage Fest teams up neighborhood restaurants and local breweries to dish out sausage-inspired eats (including veggie options), while kids’ activities, craft vendors and a lineup of local music keeps the atmosphere fun and festive. September 2017 (date TBD)

Visitors celebrate all-things mushroom with more than 100,000 fans of the fungus at theMushroom Festival in Kennett Square, the mushroom-growing capital of the nation. A weekend of tastings, cooking demonstrations, cook-offs, farm tours, a 5K run, a nighttime parade and a wine-and-soup mini-fest all revolve around—what else—mushrooms. September 9-10, 2017. S. Union Street & W. State Street,

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