Fall Festivals that prove Philly is a foodies paradise..

For the past 8 or so years, I’ve learned so much about organic gardening via research, experimenting, books, online classes, gardening websites/blogs and big a$$ failures (varmints, bottom rot, bad soil, improper rotation, spacing, bugs – I could go on). Recently, I realized I had overlooked a fantastic resource-  information available at food festivals (crazy, right??).  Since my goal is to grow 80% of the vegetables I eat (lofty I know, but totally attainable) in the next 2 years, I realized I need to step up my game and grow even smarter.

One thing I love, but haven’t attempted to grow are mushrooms. What better place to learn, buy and experience new varieties than at a mushroom festival (didn’t even know the largest growers are right in my backyard)? Imagine that!

Philadelphia is really an overlooked foodie and gardening paradise. We have a creative and vibrant farming community, amazing restaurants (many chefs choose Philly over NY) and a “tribe” committed to educating anyone interested in growing and sustainability. They’re so many people and organizations in the area committed to loving our earth, creating amazing food, appreciating our bounty and respecting the soil. My appreciation for the area is growing daily.

Kennet Square’s Annual Mushroom Festival (Sept 8-9, 2018)

The Mushroom Festival is a celebration of mushrooms, Southern Chester County, and fun. It is the Mushroom Festival’s policy to provide a safe, family-friendly atmosphere for all Festival patrons and volunteers. Now in its 33rd year, the festival stretches a mile long and features cooking competitions, exhibits, children’s entertainment, and 250 vendors.

Honey Festival (September 7-9, 2018)

The mission of the Philadelphia Honey Festival is to raise awareness about the importance of honey bees to our environment, our food supply and our economy, and to promote urban beekeeping and gardening.

Three historic venues are purposefully chosen in order to allow Philadelphians the opportunity to attend the festival without traveling far from their neighborhoods. The festival kicks-off on Friday, at Glen Foerd on the Delaware. They feature activities for kids, as well as a Honey Happy Hour for adults. Family-oriented events continue at Wyck Historic House on Saturday, then at Bartram’s Garden on Sunday.

Audi FEASTival/Fringe Arts Festival (September 27, 2018)

Audi FEASTIVAL is Philadelphia’s premier annual fundraiser benefiting FringeArts, which brings the hottest movers and shakers in the city’s business, culinary, and arts scenes into one exclusive, unforgettable party on the Delaware Waterfront.

photo: Johanna Austin

PHeaST (October 12, 2018)

A delicious evening celebrating the harvest and work of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. This years event will be hosted in an open-air new venue, the PHS Pop-Up Garden uCity Square at 36th and Filbert Streets.

Revel in a PHeaSt for the senses, with food and cocktails served in a festive outdoor setting. Talented mixologists will prepare seasonally inspired cocktails and live music will set the mood for this harvest moon garden party.

Enjoy a wonderful night out in a whimsical apple orchard while supporting PHS’s mission to connect people with horticulture, and create beautiful, healthy, and sustainable communities throughout the region. The annual PHeaSt party helps make PHS’s community gardening, tree care, and public beautification projects possible.

Chinatown Ye Shi Night Market (Oct 11, 2018)

Can’t wait for this one! Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) gladly presents Chinatown Night Market Ye Shi. This fun-filled night will take place on 10th Street between Arch and Vine Streets and Race Street between 9th and 11th Streets. There will be an endless amount of food, arts & crafts, and entertainment that will keep guests going all night.

Philly Farm Fest (October 28, 2018)

Established in 2011, Philly Farm and Food Fest (PF3) is a celebration of the Greater Philadelphian area’s local food system at work.  Over 150 farmers, makers, butchers, artisans, and major players in the local food economy gather for a one-day farm and food festival of epic proportions. PF3 is a farmer’s market experience like no other.

Now in its 8th year, PF3 is preparing for the biggest and best Fest yet. This year, join us on October 28th, 2018 at the Marine Marching Grounds of the Navy Yard and welcome the farm to the city during the heart of the harvest!

Oh! Let’s not forget about the beer. I’m more of a wine chica, but after experiencing Oktoberfest in Germany, I’m now able to choose a proper mug of chilled beer. 🙂

Plus, anywhere there is schnitzel, I’m in..

Brahaus Schmitz/ South Street Oktoberfest (September 22, 2018)

For the 10th year in a row, Oktoberfest will be held in front of the restaurant on the 700 block of South Street beneath a massive tent, rain or shine. Guests can attend and purchase beers and food on a pay-as-you-go basis or upgrade to an exclusive VIP package- including no-wait bathrooms, a Bavarian buffet from 1-6pm, six tokens good for beer, official Brauhaus Oktoberfest t-shirt, sunglasses and a glass liter stein filled with “Oktoberfest survival supplies” to take home, all for $115, tax and gratuity included (limited tickets available).

With 10 German beers available on draft, a wealth of German food, live Oom-pah music, German dancers and more, it is one of the fall’s most exciting food-and-drink events and a do-not-miss celebration for beer lovers!!

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