The Rittenhouse Row Festival |Photo via Rittenhouse Row
It’s officially May in Philadelphia, and that means we’re about to embark on a month with a summer’s worth of festivals crammed into the three weekends before Memorial Day weekend. For the eaters and drinkers among us, there’s no shortage of beer festivals, cider fests, Kentucky derby block parties and — wait for it — even a goat race. Happy spring, Philly.
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Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico have been rather busy recently. Their Mexican bar at the corner of 16th and South, Tio Flores looks tantalizingly close now that the paper is down from the windows (we’ve been told it will open within a couple of weeks). And their other two establishments are hosting events this weekend. Hawthornes is hosting their annual fall block party on Saturday, November 7th from noon to 8 p.m. 11th Street will be shut down and there will be live music, food from Hawthornes’ kitchen and fall beers and ciders.
On Sunday, the couple’s South Street West bar, Cambridge will be hosting its annual chili competition. Twelve competitors will go head-to-head in Cambridge’s courtyard to battle for the Best Chili title. Guests will be able to sample from all competitors and vote for their favorites. On tap will be plenty of pumpkin beers including a sour pumpkin IPA, imperial pumpkins and even pumpkin cider. The fun kicks off at 3 p.m.
This Saturday, May 9th, from 12 noon to 8 p.m., Hawthornes is throwing its 6th annual IPA Block Party. The party blocks off 11th Street between Fitzwater and Catharine Streets and is free to enter. The block party is also kid and pet friendly. All the beer is $5 (cash only) a pour. In addition to 36 IPAs pouring, there will be “over the top” street food, and live local music all day from New Pony, George Ugo Blues Band and Ill Swill.
For the Hop Heads, this event has all of the heavy hitters from the IPA world.
Beer List at Hawthornes IPA Fest »