Did you know about Philly Farm and Food Fest? It gathers together the best of the region's producers, farmers, authors, and sustainability-minded individuals to connect them all and celebrate the start of the season. And it's happening this weekend, on Sunday.
In addition to walking the convention center floor and sampling goodies from and talking to more than 150 exhibitors (last year my kids especially loved sampling ice cream from Owowcow), the fest brings back something called Local Libations Lounge. The area's best bartenders will be on hand to pour local beers, wines and spirits. There's a CSA pop-up where farmers will be present to talk about their programs and you can shop around to find out that fits your budget and eating habits—and geographic location. Other ongoing activities include demos and talks involving urban homesteading and butchering. Kids will have lots to engage them, whether it's a cooking class where they'll make tortillas or pet alpacas, or take in a screening of a short and sweet film by Rich Hoffman we watched last year called Watermelon Magic.
If you are in the area, you should check it out. Some of my food writer friends such as Marisa McLellan (Food in Jars), Joy Manning and Tara Desmond will be there selling and signing their cookbooks. It's a great day full of tasty food and people who are all interested in the same thing, concentrated in one space, which always makes for positive energy.