As if Labor Day weekend didn’t already give us enough reasons to indulge in great eats and beverages.
Starting Wednesday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 7, eat and drink like kings and queens during these five food events.
When Yards Brewery, Weaver’s Way, and Jerry’s Bar (129 W Laurel St.) get together, no one is the third wheel as the three set up a special Farm to Bar dinner featuring fresh seasonal produce in dishes created by chef Matt Moon and sous chef Jim Pierce, all topped off with the perfect beer pairing. This four-course meal goes for $60 per person and includes crispy masa, New Jersey fluke, smoked chicken breast, and root beer floats. Vegan options are available. This event takes place in Northern Liberties on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.
When you think of an upscale restaurant, the beverage most associated with the establishment is … wine, of course. On Friday, Sept. 5 recognizable German and Austrian wine importer and grower, Terry Theise will lead wine drinkers through a fine selection of vintages from some of the most respected wine growers topped off with a four-course meal prepared by the chefs at Lacroix (210 W. Rittenhouse Square) restaurant in Logan. The wine dinner starts at 6 p.m. and runs $179 per person.
The Philadelphia Union calls PPL Park (1 Stadium Dr.) home, but on Saturday, Sept. 6 microbrews and ciders take over the Chester stadium as the Delaware River Craft Brew Fest satisfies thirsty drinkers. For the beer aficionados, a VIP session for $50 is available – this includes VIP parking and the chance to chat it up with local brewmasters as well as taste pours that won’t be served in general admission (begins at 2 pm). For the “I just love drinking” type, general admission is priced at $35 and starts at 3 p.m. Some brews folks you will catch here are Goose Island, Red Hook, McKenzie’s Hard Cider, and tons more.
Swedish beers are about as hard to find in Philadelphia as it is to pronounce them (Qvänum Ekfatslagrad Ambassadörsporter Imperial — try it, I dare you) but on Saturday, Sept. 6 the American Swedish Historical Museum (1900 Pattison Ave.) in South Philadelphia invites the public to taste Swedish meatballs, cheeses, and selected meats paired with imported Swedish ales and East Coast beers like Dogfish Head, Brooklyn, and Yards during the annual SmörgåsBeer'd event, running from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
You’ve visited Hershey, Lancaster, and Strasburg for an interesting look at Pennsylvania, but have you ever been to the Mushroom Capital in the world? That’s right, the Mushroom Capital of the World, better known as Kennett Square, Pa. is holding its annual mushroom festival (101 South Union St.) on Saturday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 7. Get a better look at this delicious fungus and indulge in all types of mushroom dishes, even mushroom flavor ice cream! Each day of the event kicks off at 10 a.m.