Best Weekend Ever: Bike to a Farm-to-Table Dinner, Camp, Drink Beer, Eat S’mores, and More 

If I were to dream up the best weekend ever, it would involve biking along the Schuylkill River Trail, refueling with really good food straight from a farm — at the farm! — while drinking local beer, getting my dessert on with some s’mores, then camping out under the stars. If that sounds like your dream weekend, too, you’ll be pleased to hear that the folks behind Bikeout, a new “bike camping adventure” in Philly, have designed a weekend that looks just like that, plus more.

Here’s the deal: On Saturday, July 16th, the first-ever Bikeout will take 100 folks on a 32.5-mile ride along the SRT from Lloyd Hall to Sankanac CSA, a small farm at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, outside of Phoenixville. And once you get there, the real fun begins: First, riders set up their campsites (If you don’t have gear of your own, you can rent some at a discounted rate from Fireside Camp Supply — they’ll have more details on the website about that soon). Then, two Philly chefs will whip up a farm-to-table meal for the group using ingredients sourced entirely from Sankanac. AND, because everything is better with beer, four local breweries — Yards Brewing Company, Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, Sly Fox Brewery and Victory Brewing Company — will be on deck serving beer throughout the night. They’ll also have a DJ on deck, plus live music. And — this might be the best part — someone the Franklin Institute will be there to give a freakin’ astronomy lesson once the sun goes down.

Guys, I repeat: Best. Weekend. Ever. Right?

In the morning, before heading back to the city, Sweet Water Baking Company — also located at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills  — will serve up breakfast, and HubBub Coffee will be flowing. As Bikeout’s website says, plenty more fun is planned, including a coffee-brewing competition in the morning and a farm tour. Plus, they’ll be doing all sorts of giveaways.

And how much will this run you? Tickets, which go on sale Wednesday, April 13th, will start at $70 then jump up, and they include everything mentioned above, except for camping gear and gear transport (if you want it). I’m going go ahead and say that’s quite the steal. The ride is open to experienced cyclists and new riders alike. You can find out more here.

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