Last Sunday, over 4,000 people attended the Philly Farm & Food Fest. The place was packed when I got there a half hour after the doors opened. I have a few products that I discovered that I want to dedicate entire posts to in the upcoming weeks,but I thought I’d start with a list of a few things that I really enjoyed.
- Capogiro’s Farm & Food Fest Flavor -I’m crazy about Capogiro’s gelato, and I’m also crazy about Bluecoat American Gin. Capogiro created a gelato for the fest that included Bluecoat Gin, Bartrams Bitters and locally grown rosemary. Sounds strange, but tasted brilliant.
- Taste Artisanal Market’s Rosemary Fig Chevre – I liked this goat cheese spread so much that I bought a jar, and it’s already half gone. I had planned on saving it for a cheese tray that I’ll be making for a girl’s night soon, but I just couldn’t not open it. Taste uses all natural artisanal cheese and local herbs in all their spreads.
- Marisa McClellan’s Canning Demonstration - My friend Marisa from Food in Jars demonstrated small batch canning and showed us how easy it is to make strawberry vanilla jam. I really believe, with Marisa’s inspiration, this is going to be the year I can something.
- Hidden Hills Dairy Old Gold Cheese – There was a lot of cheese at the fest. I was in my glory. They were all very good. The Old Gold Cheese from Hidden Hills, that can be purchased at the Fair Food Farm Stand at the Reading Terminal Market, was one that really stood out. It’s a gouda, but an amazing, sharp, flavorful gouda that will wow you.
- Victory’s Swing Session Saison – I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this beer. I usually enjoy dark beers, but this beer was light and peppery and spicy and citrusy and incredibly flavorful, and I loved it. It just screamed “drink me on the balcony while watching the sun go down over the bay this summer.” Really, it did.
I’ll have more from the fest over the next few weeks, but I didn’t want to go too long after the event without mentioning something.