Philly Farm & Food Fest is Like Your Favorite Farmers’ Market on Steroids

It's happening next Saturday, April 8th.

For the first time in three years, Philly Farm & Food Fest will land on a Saturday, which is good news for everyone involved — for the event organizers because it allows more room for exhibitors, demonstrations and live animals, and for the guests, too, because regional brewers, distillers, and wine makers will be there sampling their products. Day-drinking is more fun on the weekend.

But really, the entire event is just a gussied-up version of your favorite farmers’ market, like Headhouse with a turbo-charger.

Here’s what you need to know.

On Saturday, April 8th, PF3 (as they call it) will take up Hall F at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The full list of exhibitors—farmers, makers, grocers, booze-peeps, restaurateurs and chefs — is here. Things to look forward to:

  • The PF3 Kitchen: Demonstrations from Aldine’s George Sabatino and Primal Supply Meats’s Heather Thomason.
  • A cheese-festival-within-the-festival, Curd Convention returns with host Aimee Olexy, owner and founder of Talula’s Garden, Daily, and Table. Local cheesemongers will join Aimee for demonstrations and discussions about the vibrant local cheesemaking community. Here’s the schedule.
  • For kids: Children under 12 get in free and are encouraged to explore the Kids Corral, full of hands-on workshops, play areas, storytelling, sing-a-longs, and live farm animals like pigs, alpacas, and baby goats.
  • For grown ups: the Libations Lounge. Regional brewers, distillers, and wine makers will be on-hand for Q&A sessions and samplings. (21+ to enter and requires a $10 ticket upgrade)
  • Never know which CSA to sign up for? A few CSAs will be there selling and sampling products to help you decide which is the right one for you.

Tickets are $20 for general admission. Buy ’em here.

Philly Farm & Food Fest [Official]