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The annual Brewer’s Plate fundraiser for Fair Food was held this past Saturday at the Penn Museum. It’s one of our favorite events of the year and this year it was bigger and better than ever. The event received plenty of coverage that we’ve compiled below.

West Chester Dish filled up and declared the turkey meatball and chana masala from Bindi as the clear food winner. [West Chester Dish]

Brian from Bridges Burgers & Beers gave up meat for Lent but what he couldn’t enjoy, he photographed. [Bridges, Burgers & Beers]

We spotted Messy & Picky’s Albert Yee racing around snapping pictures. He may have forgotten to take photos of some of his favorite bites but we’ll forgive him since he uploaded a slide show of 1200 pixel wide beauties. [Messy & Picky]

Philly2Philly was also there and scored an interview with Marcie Turney. [Philly2Philly]

As for our favorites, we enjoyed the foie gras and terrines but found the roast pork shoulder and broccoli rabe sandwich from the Royal Tavern was a delightful upgrade to the traditional roast pork sandwich. On the beer side we had several favorites including McKenzie Brew House’s award-winning Saison Vautour and Flying Fish’s just released Exit 9 Scarlet Ale.

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  • Willie

    That Royal Tavern sammich rocked, as did the Brauhaus’s bratwurst “slider” – kudos to them for bringing plenty of food, they were still serving when most others had run out.
    The Kennett offerings were good and I especially liked the SPTR’s Mexican beef tartare.
    Better food than last year, but still weak offerings for vegetarians, which needs tobe addressed since they really put it out there that there would be better alternatives this year. For instance, according to their website all the Royal/Dos Segundos/Khyber booths would have veggie offerings. Well, yeah, Royal could serve you just the rabe. Khyber would make you a vegan buttered popcorn. Dos had tofu, but didn’t advertise it and by the time my wife found out there was none left.
    Beers werer better in 2010 – too many really dark & heavy offerings this year, I thought.

  • Lord Chezza

    I agree wholeheartedly. Many restaurants that indicated they would prepare a vegetarian bite, did not. Many would give a vegetarian some food, sans meat, but for vegetarians it was still a disappointment. Also, many ran out of food! I realize it could be hard to predict how much food would be needed, but I believe everyone knew ahead of time approximately what the attendance would be, and it didn’t seem to help them plan to bring enough food.

    Many interesting beers, and the large outdoor VIP area and downstairs “speakeasy” helped to alleviate congestion.

    It’s also interesting to see a bunch of restaurants in one place with all their ideas of what they think people want to eat at a beer tasting. And the common thread is Pork. Pork, Pork, Pork. Lots of good pork, but lots of pork nonetheless.

  • Lee

    I agree, there was a plethora of pork (and chili) this year.

    Regarding the vegetarian complaints, does that mean, by offering all those many pork dishes, that the chefs were insensitive to kosher diets? No. It’s not a vegetarian (or a kosher) festival, per se, and there were plenty of vegetarian options that I saw (a ton of tofu at Dos Segundos, for the first few hours, at least; multiple cheese offerings; bruschetta; and a ton of deserts). The advertisements did expressly invite vegetarians to the mix, though, so I understand the disappointment. Maybe a designated health/veggie area would help in the future.

    I shelled out $125 for a VIP ticket. If I didn’t get my fill of meats, I would have been very disappointed. In the end, it all goes to a good cause, and, it’s a grand event, celebrating our city’s wonderful food world. Such a festival is never going to be “perfect,” and I would try to look at the glass as half-full, instead of half-empty.

    Great festival! Next time, less dark/heavy beers though, agreed … and maybe larger tasting glasses!

  • Bryan Kolesar

    Sweet desserts and Pork certainly ruled the event. My thoughts and pictures finally posted too.