5 Food & Drink Festivals You Can’t Miss
Eat your way from Ardmore to West Chester.
We hope you’re hungry (and thirsty, too): September is jam-packed with fabulous festivals featuring food and drink all around the Main Line. For a delicious start to your fall, be sure to mark these dates on your calendar:
September 14 (Chestnut Hill) & September 28 (Ardmore)
Now in its fifth year, the Clover Market is not just about antiques, collectibles, fine arts and crafts—it’s about the food, too! While browsing over 100 vendors, be sure to keep your hands free to dig into treats from Bonjour Creperie, Delicias, Made in the Shade Lemonade, Sum Pig Food Truck and The Cow and the Curd in Chestnut Hill and Mucho Bueno Philly, Oink and Moo BBQ, Pie Stand, Weckerly's Ice Cream and Seoul Food in Ardmore. Mompops and Reanimator Coffee will be at both markets to keep you cool and caffeinated. www.theclovermarket.com
Co-hosts Audrey Claire Taichman, Michael Solomonov and Stephen Starr invite you to celebrate Philadelphia’s dynamic arts and culinary communities at the fifth annual FEASTival, a benefit for FringeArts. What some call “the party of the year” boasts culinary samplings from the city’s top chefs and more than 80 restaurants (this year including, among many others, 10 Arts, Bar Volver, Fette Sau, Parc, Twenty Manning Grill and Zahav). The très chic party, held at Penn’s Landing, also features live arts performances and a charity auction to support FringeArts. www.phillyfeastival.com
September 19 and September 26
Indulge in two Fridays of food and wine at our Food & Wine Affair, a feast for the senses set for September 19 and 26 at Malvern’s Desmond Hotel & Conference Center. The event launches with the Winemakers’ Dinner, a seven-course sit-down dinner with exquisite wine pairings, on Friday, September 19. The Grand Tasting, held the following Friday, features wine from around the world and specialty food stations hosted by some of the best restaurants on the Main Line: A la Maison, Xilantro, General Warren Inne, Matador and Peppercorn. Add a little romance to your life and take advantage of the Desmond’s gorgeous accommodations with one of two different hotel packages.
A local foodie favorite, the Chester County Restaurant Festival hosts more than 65 restaurants, caterers and food vendors as well as the “Church Street Café,” 110 arts & crafts stands and three stage of live music. Festival grounds run along Gay Street all the way from Matlack to Darlington Street and Market Street from Darlington to High Street. New this year: QVC’s In the Kitchen with David will be broadcasting live cooking demos and discussions, and a pop-up farmers market will be at the festival for you to purchase fresh goods from local food producers. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite bite in The Town Dish People’s Choice Awards! www.chestercountyrestaurantfestival.com
Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown comes alive the last Sunday of the month with the annual FallFest, presented by Victory Brewing Company in partnership with the Borough of Downingtown and the Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy offerings from local food and crafts vendors or take a seat at Victory’s Beer Garden, which will be providing beer and food from the Brewpub on Wheels all afternoon long. The tap list is still to be announced, but you know it will be a winner! Live entertainment is also planned for this family-friendly event. www.downingtownfallfest.com