What to Expect at the 5th Annual PF3

On Sunday, April 10, Philly Farm & Food Fest (PF3) will return with its biggest and best line-up ever.  Hosted by Fair Food and Kitchen Table Consultants and presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill, this year’s PF3 is celebrating its fifth year, and will be held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch Street, Hall F).  All ticket buyers will also be entered to win a $500 dinner at the Chef’s Table at Talula’s Table.

A host of perennial favorite events will join exciting new ones in 2016, with most events included in the price of admission and all hosted in the Convention Center’s massive Hall F, a 100,000-person capacity venue perfect for this year’s expanded PF3 line-up.  Tickets are available online (click to purchase) for $20 per person, or for $25 per person at the door; children under 12 are admitted for free to the family-friendly festival.

  • PF3 will kick off at 10 a.m. with the VIP Industry Preview Hour, hosted by the Fair Food Wholesale Concierge Team, an opportunity for industry professionals to network with local producers and purveyors.  Admission is free to credentialed buyers, and tickets are also available to the general public for an additional $20.
  • At 11 a.m., the event will open to the public through 4 p.m. with a host of brand-new-for-2016 happenings, including:
    • PF3 Kitchen, sponsored by Sodexoand Common Market, where the city’s best chefs and butchers will share tips, tricks and recipes, including:
      • Zahav’s Middle Eastern Flavors, with a focus on the bold dishes that have made the restaurant one of Philadelphia’s best
      • Kensington Quarters, demonstrating whole pig butchery
      • Talula’s Garden & Heritage Farm, talking greens
      • Russet & Wyebrook Farm, demonstrating whole lamb butchery
      • La Divisa Meats, demonstrating sausage making
      • Curd Convention, an all-day cheese festival designed by Groundswell and hosted by Aimee Olexyof Talula’s Garden, featuring Emilio Mignucci of Di Bruno Bros. and Tenaya “Madame Fromage” Darlington, plus a host of cheesemakers, cheesemongers and cheese lovers:
        • Curated Cheese Tastings (ongoing) with Aimee Olexy: to sample five cheeses and condiments, with sign-in slots available to just 140 visitors, on a timed basis, throughout PF3
        • The Morning Stretch (10:00) to meet Caputo Brothers Creamery cheesemakers and get up close and personal with their mozzarella and burrata techniques (available to VIP Industry Preview Hour attendees only)
        • The Master Class (10:30 & 11:30) to taste seven powerhouse PA cheeses with Di Bruno Bros.’ Emilio Mignucci
        • Will Travel for Cheese… (12:30) to explore the world of cheese with intrepid cheese travelers Tenaya Darlington and Anna Juhl
        • More than just a Cheese Plate… (1:30) to put cheese at the center of the menu, with recipe ideas for both home and professional cooks from Palmer Marinelli and Samuel Kennedy
        • Cheese and Pickles…what, what?? (2:30) to learn how to get an artisan food business off the ground, with Stefanie Angstadt of Valley Milkhouse and Thomas Peter of Crisp & Co.
        • Four Cheese Pairings: Condiments You Never Thought Of! (3:30) to experiment with “naturalist” pairings, with Scott Megill of Inn at Grace Winery.
        • Grain Station, a celebration of Pennsylvania-grown grains, featuring:
          • Elizabeth Dyck from Organic Growers’ Research & Information-Sharing Network (Bainbridge, NY) with a blind tasting of cooked whole grains (emmer, spelt, einkorn, hard wheat, soft wheat, rye)
          • Nicholas Brannon of Parc Restaurant, with his Roasted Polenta & Oat Porridge Levain
          • Laura & Nishon Yaghoobian of Wild Flour Bakery, with their Hard Winter Wheat Flatbreads
          • Nina White of Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse (Milford, NJ), with a side-by-side tasting of her Heirloom Fife loaf made with Red Fife heirloom wheat and Glenn wheat grown on the same farm
          • Claire Kopp McWilliams of Vetri, with her Sourdough Spelt Loaf
          • Stephen Wilson of 10Arts Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, with his Einkorn & Red Fife Tarts
          • Rebecca Troutman of Apple Ridge Farm(Saylordburg, PA) and the forthcoming Scratch (Easton, PA) with her Sourdough Spelt Focaccia and 100% Rye Sourdough Loaf
          • Al Pascal of Fikira Bakery, with her Oat Carrot Cakes and Oat Milk
          • Alden Towler of W/N W/N Coffee Bar, with his Farro Salad
          • Returning favorites, also available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., will include:
            • The Local Libations Lounge, where local brewers, distillers and winemakers will showcase their wares (21+; requires proof of age and $10 admission fee, added to PF3 ticket price):
              • A structured Cheese + Cocktail Tasting, led by House of Cheese author Darlington, will pair a flight of local cheeses with a cocktail, and will feature tips about pairing cheeses with spirits, plus recipes from Darlington’s forthcoming book The New Cocktail Hour, that visitors can take home
              • In addition to formal tastings, for the first time, the Lounge will host informal tastings and demos throughout the day
              • The CSA Pop-Up Shop, where a host of local CSAs will showcase their 2016 offerings and invite visitors to sign up; all sign-ups will include a general admission ticket to PF3 2017
              • Kids’ Corral, sponsored by MOM’s Organic, an interactive learning experience featuring family-friendly activities to get kids excited about local food:
                • Meet Farm Animals, including Little Lost Creek alpacas and rabbits and Hummer Haven Farm chickens, piglets and a goat
                • Make Tea in a medicinal herbs workshop from Cloud9 ideal for the whole family
                • Rock & “Roll”with Honeypie Cooking, using fresh, local produce to make different rolls, from crepes to summer rolls to lettuce wraps, with fun music and helpful tips and tricks for party-friendly plating
                • Homesteading Workshops, featuring home gardening, canning, composting, backyard chickens, kombucha brewing and more from top local experts
                • More than 130 Exhibitors throughout the festival, showcasing the best that the region has to offer, from fresh produce to humanely raised meats and poultry to artisanal food products and crafts
                • Cookbook Authors will be on hand to sign their work, including Wyebrook Farm’s Dean Carlson
                • All ticket buyers will be entered to win an evening at Talula’s Table, a $500 value; the winner will be contacted directly as well as announced on social media.  They will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

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