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Learn more about artisanal meat, cheese, libations at Philadelphia’s Farm & Food Fest

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STORY WRITER BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
bbingaman@21st-centurymedia.com
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The hipsters probably call it “PF3” for short.
The fifth annual Philly Farm & Food Fest will take place April 10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
What is it?
A showcase for the region’s chefs and butchers to share tips, tricks and recipes. It includes a Curd Convention cheese festival; a Local Libations Lounge, where brewers, distillers and winemakers will offer both formal and informal tastings, in addition to demos; a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Pop-Up Shop; and cookbook signings. In all, there will be more than 150 exhibitors.
When can I check it out?
From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
What part of the convention center?
The 100,000 person capacity Hall F, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia.
Does it cost anything to get in?
Tickets are available online for $20, or for $25 per person at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free. If you’re partaking in the Local Libations Lounge, add $10.
All ticket buyers will be entered to win an evening at the Chef’s Table at Talula’s Table.
What would the kids be interested in?
A Kids’ Corral, sponsored by MOM’s Organic, features activities to get kids excited about sustainable agriculture; such as live farm animals, including Little Lost Creek alpacas and rabbits and Hummer Haven Farm chickens, piglets and a goat. The family can also try making tea in a medicinal herbs workshop from Cloud9; using fresh produce to make different rolls — like crepes, summer rolls and lettuce wraps; and workshops featuring home gardening, canning, composting, backyard chickens, kombucha brewing and more from local experts.
What’s kombucha?
It’s a fermented black or green tea beverage that some claim has health benefits.

A bread vendor at The Philly Farm & Food Fest. Submitted photo

A bread vendor at The Philly Farm & Food Fest.
Submitted photo

Did I read there would be butchers there?
Yes, Kensington Quarters will demonstrate butchering a whole pig, and Russet and Wyebrook Farm will be doing the same with a lamb. Ever wonder how sausage is made? Ladavisa Meats will be doing that.
So what’s happening at this cheese festival?
There’s curated cheese tastings, with samples of five cheeses and condiments. Sign-in slots will be limited to just 140 visitors, on a timed basis. There’s a Master Class at 11:30 to taste seven “powerhouse” Pennsylvania cheeses with Di Bruno Bros.’ Emilio Mignucci. “More Than Just a Cheese Plate” at 1:30 dares you to put cheese at the center of the menu. There’s more; you should look over www.phillyfarmfest.org.
The Local Libations Lounge will have a “Cheese + Cocktail Tasting” led by “House of Cheese” author Tenaya Darlington, 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.”
How about social media?
Twitter @PhillyFarmFest; Instagram @phillyfarmfest; and Philly Farm & Food Fest on Facebook.

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