Taste: 2008 Culinary Calendar

From discounted dining days to gourmet food shows, we’ve scouted the area’s tastiest annual events


Winter
1.5–1.12: Pennsylvania Farm Show
Attention, locavores: the latest in Pennsylvania farming. Agriculture.state.pa.us.

1.27–2.1: Center City Restaurant Week
Downtown’s twice-a-year ­discount-dining week features $35 meal specials at 100-plus restaurants. Centercityphila.org.

3.7–3.16: Philadelphia Beer Week
Phillybeerweek.org.

3.9: The Brewer’s Plate
A food-and-beer-pairing festival at the Independence Visitor Center. Thebrewersplate.org.

Spring

4.11–4.12: Pennsylvania Herb Festival
In York. Paherbfest.com.

4.23–4.30: Eight Days of Eats
$15 and $30 meal specials at more than 40 South Street eateries. Southstreet.com.

4.28–5.2: Dine the Line
The Main Line’s dining discount: three to four courses for $30. Dinetheline.com.

5.1: Dining Out for Life
At more than 200 restaurants across the Delaware Valley, to benefit AIDS education and research. Diningoutforlife.com.

5.29-6.1: Greek Festival
At St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral on South Street. Stgeorgecathedralfestival.com.

Summer
6.1–6.8: Ocean City Restaurant Week
Three courses for $30, or two for $20, at more than 20 restaurants. Oceancityrestaurantweek.com.

6.8–6.15: St. Anthony’s Italian ­Festival
In Wilmington’s Little Italy. Stanthonynet.org.

6.15: Real Men Cook for Charity
At Philly’s First District Plaza, to benefit Real Men Charities and Communities in Schools of Philadelphia. Realmencook.com.

7.4–7.6: 10th Annual Super Scooper All You Can Eat Ice-Cream Festival
At Penn’s Landing; proceeds go to pediatric leukemia research. Pennslandingcorp.com.

7.12–7.13: Walk in the Vineyard
Free tastings and tours at New Jersey ­wineries. Newjerseywines.com.

7.12–7.20: Buy Fresh Buy Local Week
Localfoodphilly.org.

7.24–7.31: University City Dining Days
$15, $25 and $30 meal specials at University City restaurants. Ucityphila.org.

8.22–8.23: Summer Fest
New Holland’s annual BBQ cook-off and motorcycle show. Nhsummerfest.org.

8.23: Great Eastern Invitational Microbrewery Festival
Sample some of the country’s top brews at Stoudt’s ­Adamstown brewery. Stoudtsbeer.com.

8.30–8.31: Pocono Garlic Festival
Poconogarlic.com.

Fall
9.5–9.6: Pepper Festival In Bowes.
Pepperfestival.com.

9.6–9.7: Mushroom Festival In Kennett Square.
Mushroomfestival.org.

9.14–9.19: Center City Restaurant Week
Centercityphila.org.

9.20–9.25: Cape May Food and Wine Festival
Capemaymac.org.

9.28: Sippin’ by the River
Beer-and-wine event to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Sippinbytheriver.com.

10.11: Kennett Square Brewfest
Sample beers from 50 breweries. Kennettbrewfest.com.