One hundred thousand square feet of local food, local beer, wine and spirits, and classes on everything from cheese making to how to stuff a sausage. Are you coming?
On Sunday, April 10, Philly Farm & Food Fest (PF3) will return with their biggest and best line-up ever. More than 130 exhibitors will showcase the best that the region has to offer, from fresh produce to humanely raised meats and poultry to artisanal food products and crafts.
Hosted by Fair Food and Kitchen Table Consultants and presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill, this year’s PF3 is celebrating their fifth year, and will be held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch Street, Hall F). All ticket buyers will also be entered to win a $500 dinner at the Chef’s Table at Talula’s Table.
A host of perennial favorite events will join new ones in 2016, with most events included in the price of admission. Tickets are available online for $20 per person, or for $25 per person at the door; children under 12 are admitted for free to the family friendly festival.
At 11 am, the event opens to the public and continues until 4 pm with a host of brand-new-for-2016 happenings, including:
PF3 Kitchen, where the city’s best chefs and butchers will share tips, tricks and recipes, including:
- Zahav’s Middle Eastern Flavors, with a focus on the bold dishes that have made the restaurant one of Philadelphia’s best
- Ancient Grain for a Modern World, with Bucks County’s own Castle Valley Mill
- Kensington Quarters: demonstrating whole pig butchery
- Talula’s Garden & Heritage Farm: talking greens
- Russet and Wyebrook Farm: demonstrating whole lamb butchery
- Ladavisa Meats: demonstrating sausage making
And then—close to my heart— the Curd Convention, an all-day cheese festival designed by Groundswell and hosted by Aimee Olexy of Talula’s Garden, featuring Emilio Mignucci of Di Bruno Bros., and Tenaya “Madame Fromage” Darlington, plus a host of cheese makers, cheesemongers and cheese lovers:
- Curated Cheese Tastings (ongoing) with Aimee Olexy: to sample five cheeses and condiments, with sign-in slots available to just 140 visitors, on a timed basis, throughout PF3
- The Morning Stretch (10 am) to meet Caputo Brothers Creamery cheese makers and get up close and personal with their mozzarella and burrata techniques (available to VIP Industry Preview Hour attendees only)
- The Master Class (10:30 am & 11:30 am) to taste seven powerhouse PA cheeses with Di Bruno Bros.’ Emilio Mignucci
- Will Travel for Cheese… (12:30 pm) to explore the world of cheese with intrepid cheese travelers Tenaya Darlington and Anna Juhl
- More than just a Cheese Plate… (1:30 pm) to put cheese at the center of the menu, with recipe ideas for both home and professional cooks from Palmer Marinelli and Samuel Kennedy
- Cheese and Pickles…what, what?? (2:30 pm) to learn how to get an artisan food business off the ground, with Stefanie Angstadt of Valley Milkhouse and Thomas Peter of Crisp & Co.
- Four Cheese Pairings: Condiments You Never Thought Of! (3:30 pm) to experiment with “naturalist” pairings, with Scott Megill of Inn at Grace Winery
Returning favorites, also available from 11 am until 4 pm, will include:
- The Local Libations Lounge, where local brewers, distillers and wine makers will showcase their wares (21+ years old; requires proof of age and $10 admission fee, added to PF3 ticket price)
- A structured Cheese + Cocktail Tasting, led by House of Cheese author Darlington, will pair a flight of local cheeses with a cocktail, and will feature tips about pairing cheeses with spirits, plus recipes from Darlington’s forthcoming book The New Cocktail Hour, that visitors can take home
In addition to formal tastings, for the first time, the Lounge will host informal tastings and demos throughout the day
The CSA Pop-Up Shop, where a host of local CSAs will showcase their 2016 offerings and invite visitors to sign up; all sign-ups will include a general admission ticket to PF3 2017
Kids’ Corral, sponsored by MOM’s Organic, an interactive learning experience featuring family friendly activities to get kids excited about local food:
- Meet Farm Animals, including Little Lost Creek alpacas and rabbits and Hummer Haven Farm chickens, piglets and a goat
- Make Tea in a medicinal herbs workshop from Cloud9 ideal for the whole family
- Rock & “Roll” with Honeypie Cooking, using fresh, local produce to make different rolls, from crepes to summer rolls to lettuce wraps, with fun music and helpful tips and tricks for party-friendly plating
Homesteading Workshops, featuring home gardening, canning, composting, backyard chickens, kombucha brewing and more from top local experts.
All ticket buyers will be entered to win an evening at Talula’s Table, a $500 value; the winner will be contacted directly as well as announced on social media.