Six Pack: Food Events For Wine Week And Beyond

Manayunk's favorite foodie fest returns for a fall edition this weekend. StrEAT Festival brings over 40 Philly food trucks to Main street, serving up everything from BBQ to cupcakes, with an emphasis on a special seasonal ingredient: apples! Manayunk merchants will offer sidewalk sales and promotions, plus fresh fruits, veggies, and homemade spices, oils, and jams will be available to purchase from the farm stand and gourmet vendors. Kids will be entertained at Recess, a littles-only zone held at Canal View Park, complete with everything from a moon bounce to face painting. Plus, a pop-up beer garden will be the highlight of Cotton Street, offering samples of craft brews to compliment the food truck fare. Come hungry. Sunday, September 28th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Main Street, Manayunk.

Spring stirs up a celebratory air in this city, as festivals and events seem to be happening in every neighborhood all of a sudden. And no celebration is complete without an abundance of food and booze. From one last Wine Week blowout to a patio pig-out,  here are six upcoming food events that you shouldn’t miss this season.

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The Monger Games: Di Bruno Bros Pairing Series

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On Sunday, March 22, Di Bruno Bros. is kicking off their new series, The Monger Games. At each themed event, a member of the Di Bruno Bros. team will be paired up with a local food or drink expert. Each team will make a pairing based on the theme and attendees will try each and vote for their favorite.

The upcoming March 22 event will be themed Beer Fondue and will feature local brewers from Yards, Victory and Iron Hill. The series will take place at Di Bruno Bros. Franklin location at 834 Chestnut Street and will start at 6:30 pm. Tickets are available for only $10 per person and can be purchased here.

In April, the theme will be Food Science and it’ll feature folks from Geekadelphia. And in May, it’ll be Classic Philly Flavors, featuring local food bloggers. We’ll keep you updated as these dates get closer, but seriously? Ten bucks for that much cheese? That’s what we call a deal.

Di Bruno Bros. [Official]

Details on Buena Onda, Jose Garces’s Baja Seafood Shack

buena-onda-logoJose Garces’s Buena Onda will be serving up fish tacos and other tastes of the Baja peninsula starting on Monday, March 16th. The casual restaurant is located in Granary building on the 1900 block of Callowhill Street.

Buena Onda, which means good vibes, aims to channel the chill spirit of Baja peninsula seafood shacks and taquerias.

Garces’s 19th restaurant will offer fish tacos featuring Mahi Mahi and jumbo shrimp. Other items will include carnitas and chicken tacos as well as mission-style quesadillas.

The restaurant will have a liquor license and will serve up fruity and/or frozen margaritas, an exclusive K38 Pale Ale from Yards Brewing and canned Mexican beers.

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TODAY: Preview LaColome, Yards, Icelandic Beer

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Maybe you’ve seen a can of the Icelandic beer, Einstök? The beer can features a too-cool-for-school viking, complete with hip sunglasses. I’ll admit I was sceptical as it felt a bit more Los Angeles ad agency than Arctic Circle. But it turns out it is a real brewery and not just a marketing concept.

Even better, Yards Brewing’s Tom Kehoe and La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael were recently in Iceland where they brewed up a collaborative beer with Einstök. Kehoe and Carmichael were in Iceland to film an episode of Dangerous Grounds and visited Einstök Brewery’s founder, Jack Sichterman. While there, they brewed a coffee pale ale called Snorri’s Awakening and you can preview it today at the Yards Tasting Room at 4 p.m.

Get to the brewery promptly in order to raise a pint with Kehoe, Carmichael and Sichterman, and figure out what the heck a Snorri is.

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PHOTOS: Be Well Philly Underground Glow-in-the-Dark Run with Yards and Run215

Photograph by Susan Nam

Photograph by Susan Nam

I have to admit that I started to freak out juuuust a little yesterday as the clouds started rolling in. I began obsessively checking the hour-by-hour forecast, my spirits sinking as the chance for rain beginning during the evening commute increased steadily as the day rolled on. And then around 5:30, as I was leaving the office for our monthly Be Well Philly Underground gathering, the rain started to fall—lightly, but still, very, very steadily.

I said to Be Well Philly assistant editor Adjua Fisher, “Welp, it might just be me and you tonight.”

See, despite our best intentions and planning—organizing with the fab folks at Yards Brewing Company, roping in my pals at Run215—the one thing you cannot control in event planning is the weather. And, boy, did it turn on us last night.

So imagine my joy when, just after 6 p.m., runners started gathering at Franklin Square for our Glow-in-the-Dark Bridge and Beer Run. A few at first, then more and more as our departure time of 6:30 got closer. Then it occurred to me: Philly runners are just awesome people. You give ‘em a time, you give ‘em a place, and they show up, even if it’s rainy and windy and positively freezing outside. By go time, nearly 60 runners had gathered for our big event.

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Yards PYNK Event Series Kicks Off

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Join Yards Brewing Co. for their annual Yards Pynk events during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are brunches, PYNK cocktails, PYNK ice cream, a Weezer cover band, a reasonable excuse to go to the Hard Rock Cafe, and more. Proceeds from these events will help sponsor breast cancer research and treatments, and we’ve got a list of the upcoming events below.

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Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em: Yards’ 6th Annual

yards-smoke-em-if-you-got-em-400Smoked meat, barbecue and of course beer. All are in the spotlight at Yards Brewing Company‘s 6th annual Smoke ‘Em if Yous Got ‘Em extravaganza. A perfect way to celebrate the end of summer, the beer and food fest will take place on Sunday, September 14th from noon to 4 p.m. The fest includes dishes from the region’s best amateur chefs paired with over 30 craft beers (smoked and otherwise) from around the world.

The day begins with a complimentary commemorative glass and field guide to the day’s festivities and ends with a full stomach and good live music. Although the smoked meat and other dishes will be judged by professionals in the industry, you’ll also have the opportunity to vote for your favorite dish. Yards will also have limited edition Smoke ‘Em tees available for purchase.

The event is held rain or shine and tickets can be purchased online or in Yards’ Tasting Room at at 901 N. Delaware Ave. However, Yards warns that tickets sell out every year, so it’d be best to just click the link and get ‘em online.

Smoke ‘Em if Yous Got ‘Em [Yards Brewing]

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