At its new digs, at Philly’s National Constitution Center, Fair Food Philly’s annual Brewers’ Plate yesterday didn’t feel quite as claustrophobic as it has in years past. Artisan producers, farmers, chefs, and of course, brewers from within 150 miles of Philadelphia celebrated and were celebrated for their contributions to the region’s abundant and diverse food systems. As hundreds of the fest’s attendees shuffled through the winding halls, they were met with dozens of the best food and drink combinations from across the region. Grub braved the crowds long enough to snap some photos. Click through, check them out and let us know with a comment which ones you think look the most appetizing.
Framstead cheeses from Birchrun Farms were clearly a big hit, based on the consistantly picked clean board.
Served by White Dog Cafe.
Brought in from the Chesapeake and shucked to order.
With housemade orange jam, scallions and coriander. Served by Fork.
Served by Stateside with preserved lemon and pickled sunchokes.
The latest brew from Flying Fish’s limited edition Exit series.
Varga Bar offered this stew to go with Flying Fish’s Exit 8.
South Philadelphia Tap Room served this with Ranier Family Farm’s beef, pickled vegetables, and cilantro-jalapeno puree on a shrimp cracker.
From Victory Brewing Company.
Mutton, lettuce and tomato. Served by Southwark.
Belgian Cafe came through with this, one of the evening’s few vegetarian offerings.
Iron Chef Jose Garces was in the house to demonstrate how to make Distrito’s taco, which is comprised of Vicotry Golden Monkey-braised pork, black beans, pineapple, salsa verde and housemade tortillas.
A collaborative effort from Eclat Chocolate and Victory Brewing Co.
Served by Triumph Brewing Co., and made with Franklin Fountain ice cream.
Cookie Confidential’s send-up of the local food icon, made with a cheddar cookie, dehydrated beef and dehydrated onions.
From Night Kitchen Bakery.