We love hearing how Philly Farm & Food Fest inspires attendees. Some have met new friends to garden and cook with, others have changed their careers, started a new business, or turned their health around with an upgraded lifestyle. At the heart of all these inspiring moments is a versatile array of exhibits, workshops and programming, collectively geared toward planning a year of local. What will inspire you in 2017?

VIP Hour

Sometimes you just need a little one-on-one time. Snag it by purchasing VIP tickets and you’ll receive one hour early access to PF3 where you can network up close and personal with the finest growers, producers and makers in the area.

Kids’ Corral

Made possible by Chipotle, everyone will love the fun at this energetic exhibit designed for all ages with kid- and family-focused workshops! You can get to know each presenter in our last blog post or explore the Kids’ Corral page to see what they have planned for the big day.

OUR INSIDER TIPS:

  • Bee-line it to the animals. Little Lost Creek Alpaca Farm and Hummerhaven Farm will have furry farm friends to pet and adore. Don’t miss Ralph, the alpaca. He loves visitors!
  • Taste some local snacks with Meg Widholm and Catherine Smith from Snack Like a Local and sample fresh produce with Billy from Riverwards Produce.
  • Get hands on in the kitchen while making Vietnamese Summer Rolls with Chef/Educator Patrick Caulfield.\

PF3 Kitchen

Join butchers, makers, chefs and farmers in the PA Preferred PF3 Kitchen. Observe some of the best chefs and butchers in Philadelphia as they share their trade secrets and top recipes for cooking with local, fresh ingredients, many doing so right alongside their farmer!

OUR INSIDER TIPS:

  • Learn the secrets of preparing local vegetables with George Sabatino of Aldine as he demonstrates the sous vide method using Taproot Farms produce.
  • Watch bad-ass local butcher, Heather Thomason, from Primal Supply Meats, break down a whole hog from North Mountain Pastures and demonstrate the best cuts for cooking at home.
  • Don’t miss the malt madness with Maltser, farmer and brewing scientist Mark Brault, and local legend bread maker, Alex Bois, as they go through live fermentation malt experiments and a malt hot chocolate lesson.

Curd Convention

Hosted by Aimee Olexy, this is your chance to meet Philly’s ultimate cheese all-stars: the makers, mongers, chefs and creative producers of your favorite cheese for a day filled with culinary tastings, tours, contests and curds galore.

OUR INSIDER TIP:

  • We can’t decide! Just take a look and you’ll understand why we’re so torn.
  • These classes are limited seating and fill up fast so we recommend reserving a spot as soon as you arrive if you don’t want to miss out.

PA’s Powerful Produce

Eating seasonally and locally can be fun, delicious, and exciting, thanks to the variety of special fruits and vegetables that are right in our backyard!

OUR INSIDER TIPS:

  • Stop by the Storytelling Booth to hear heartfelt tales about special dishes, recipes and traditions from three local foodies’ diverse childhoods, inspired by the seasonal bounty in PA.
  • Walk through our living farm display to get a feel for what it’s like to grow fresh produce in a tunnel.
  • Stop by the ask a Farmer Booth to get all your food growing questions answered just in time for the growing season.
  • Learn the practical process of making one of Pennsylvania’s most bountiful resources into an increasingly popular, high value product – hard cider!

Homesteader’s Stage

Learning to grow and make your own food is not only a valuable skill to have, but it’s also a great way to increase your appreciation for the area’s growers and makers who do it for a living!

OUR INSIDER TIPS:

  • Stop in to visit the Canning Queen herself, Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars, as she runs a workshop on how to safely and deliciously can with natural sweeteners.
  • Learn to Brew Your Own Elixir in a crash kombucha course with Olga Sorzano, founder of Baba’s Brew.
  • Don’t miss Maureen Breen of Philadelphia Backyard Chickens if you’d like to become an urban chicken expert.

CSA Pop-up Shop

Sponsored by Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, PF3 will offer an entire section dedicated to local farms that offer CSA programs. They’ll be selling and sampling fresh produce, so you can find the CSA share perfect for you!

OUR INSIDER TIP:

  • Make a plan for local eating. Purchase a CSA at Fest, and receive a FREE general admission ticket to Philly Farm & Food Fest 2018!

Local Libations Lounge

The LLL is  your chance to rub elbows with your favorite local brewers, distillers, and cider and wine makers. Sample, chat and mingle in this lively libations garden – all for just $10.

OUR INSIDER TIP:

Main Marketplace

Featuring over 150 exhibitors, the Marketplace is a wonderland of the area’s exceptional makers, standout farmers, and righteous non-profits. Booths will feature knowledgeable friendly, and passionate individuals eager to answer your questions and find some common ground.

OUR INSIDER TIPS:

  • Put your money where your mouth is by picking up your $5 voucher from the Chipotle Mexican Grill booth and spending it on local PF3 exhibitor.
  • Make plans to find your new favorite product, share it with your friends and family, and figure out how to enjoy it all year long.
  • Shake hands with some of the area’s most driven entrepreneurs and hear the stories they don’t share with just anyone.

Philly Farm & Food Fest takes place on Saturday, April 8 from 10AM to 4PM (VIP 10-11AM) at the PA Convention Center, Hall F in Philadelphia. Kids under 12 get in for free and there are group and industry discounts available. Save the date and check out all your ticket options here.