Yesterday, Mr. Foodie and I had the pleasure of attending the Philly Farm and Food Fest at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City, Philadelphia. The event is held by Fair Food Philly and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). The mission of the festival is to create a place for local, small businesses and farms to showcase their goods to the public. The proceeds from the event also support Fair Food and PASA.
It took Mr. Foodie and I about 4 hours to get through the entire thing. There were tons of tables and booths set up with most giving out free samples of product. We loved this event because it is in line with our foodie values and interests. The vendors were all local and focused on creating products made from “real ingredients” with an all natural or organic slant. There were also farms represented, and it was a great way to find out where to buy locally sourced animal products from farms who treat their animals with respect, give them the space they need and feed them a natural diet.
In addition to all of the food products, there were several booths dedicated to environmental concerns and sustainable practices. We signed petitions that day against fracking, drilling for gas in Pennsylvania state parks, and using sewage as fertilizer. Yes, sewage. That was a new one to me. I had no idea that this was done, and it freaked me out. Surely there are better ways to get rid of our waste than to fertilize our plants with it. I included links to pages where you can learn more about those issues if you want.
Now, onto the tastings. A few things stand out in my mind. First and foremost was a tiny ice cream sandwich that was made with a spicy chocolate ice cream and cinnamon honey crackers for the outside. OMFG. Sooooo good. I was trying to find a card for the vendor but we must not have picked one up. We also tried a rosemary caramel popcorn from Redfox Gourmet that was out of this world.* I’m not a fan of sweet popcorns but the rosemary cut it down with a savory flavor that was right up my alley. And last but not least, I absolutely loved the vegetarian sample from a new restaurant on Spruce Street in Philly, Russet. I’m sorry but I have no idea what it was. All I know is that it was good. I’m looking forward to trying their restaurant (and hopefully getting to write about it here).
So, that was our experience at the Philly Farm and Food Fest. If you are a foodie like me or you care about supporting local businesses who focus on natural, organic, environmentally sustainable foods, then I highly recommend you check this out next year!*If you want to try it, go to their website (linked above) and use the code FARMFEST for 10% off your order!