Happy Thursday! One more day until the weekend…hooray!
I recently discovered Eventbrite and decided to join their Summer Food Bucket List project. Eventbrite is a great platform that assists you in finding events in your areas. They also have free event management tools to get the word out about your event- you can check it out here!
One of my favorite things about Summer is all the food and beverage events and festivals! Today I’m going to share some great food events going on in my area that I will be attending this summer. I’m located in Eastern Pennsylvania, so if you live in that vicinity, I would highly recommend each and every one of the following events.
I have visited almost all of the wineries in the LV Wine Trail. The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail includes nine wineries around the valley, which are Amore, Franklin Hill, Tolino, Big Creek, Galen Glen, Blue Mountain, Pinnacle Ridge, Vynecrest, and Clover Hill. I have been to all of them accept for Big Creek and Galen Glen, so I’m looking forward to visiting these two new-to-me wineries this Summer! The nice thing about this trail is that the wineries are clustered together in groups, so you pick three or four that are near each other to visit in one day. Anymore than that and you might get tanked! The land around this area provides some beautiful views from the mountains. A specific event I’ll be attending this summer hosted by the LV Wine Trail is the Wine On The Mountain event at Blue Mountain on July 25th and 26th. The festival includes wine tastings (obviously), and you can then enjoy a glass on their deck over gorgeous view and live music.
Sticking with the alcohol theme….The Lehigh Valley Ale Trail is somewhat new to the Lehigh Valley. The trail includes breweries, pubs, and bars offering up the best craft beers. A few of the locations on the list are Fegley’s Brew Works, Weyerbacher Brewery, The Colony Meadery, and The Bookstore Speakeasy, just to name a few. One of the breweries on the list in particular, The Funk Brewing Company, will be seeing my face in the first weekend in June. I will be doing the Funk 5-Miler run as a part of the Run Lehigh Valley Earn Your Beer Series. I’m also especially looking forward to checking out the Weyerbacher Brewery and the Colony Meadery this summer! I love seeing the production processes!
If you know me, you know I am HUGE fan of blueberries…like obsessed. Lucky for me this festival completely devoted to all things blueberry is super close to me! Some states have a bacon festival…apparently Pennsylvania likes to keep it healthy with a fruity festival! The Blueberry Festival takes place in historic Bethlehem on July 18th and 19th. It includes live music, a petting zoo, pony rides, crafts, kids games, demos, historical tours, and of course, blueberry pies, strudels, and ice creams. This year, the blueberry festival is adding in a Blueberry Brewery to the festival, where for an extra cost, guests can sample blueberry flavored beers, wines and mead. The Blueberry Festival offers something for everyone. Kids can do some arts and crafts, while the adults can hang at the Blueberry Brewery! Or if you’re like me, you can participate in the best of both worlds and get your drink on followed by some crafts and the petting zoo!
4. Brunch at my favorite spot
Warmer weather calls for dining al fresco, and my favorite place to do this is at Billy’s Downtown Diner. Billy’s is known for their elaborate brunch menu. They offer incredible combinations for omelets, such as the Vegan-esque Omelet, my personal favorite, which is fresh spinach, broccoli and our own basil pesto mixed with egg whites and topped with sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese. The sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese on top is what makes this omelet. For those of you with the sweet tooth, their Mic’s Cannoli Tower might appeal more to you, which is creamy cannoli filling sandwiched between brioche French toast topped with fresh strawberries, chocolate chips and drizzled with chocolate syrup. Crowned with whipped cream and dusted with powdered sugar – holy yum! I haven’t had it yet, but one day I’ll have to have it as a treat.
Last but not least…Musikfest, typically held in mid August! Musikfest is only the biggest Summer event in the Lehigh Valley. Although, as the name suggests, it’s main focus is on music, the ‘fest offers up some awesome food options! The food lineup for 2015 is not currently available yet, but Musikfest always offers up the BEST corn on the cobs by Aw Shucks, seasoned with some magical mix of seasonings offering a bit of a kick along with some parmesan cheese. Musikfest also usually has the best tacos made in deep-fried soft shells from “Take a Taco.” Being from Hungarian descent, I am especially happy for the pirogies, halupkies, and cabbage and noodles. I mean, basically Musikfest’s food covers all ethnicities from Mexican to Greek to Thai. For dessert, you could also expect to see the best ice cream, funnel cakes, deep and fried oreos.
Those are my top five picks of Food & Drink events in Eastern PA for this Summer. What are some of your favorite food festivals you attend in the Summer?