Philly food is so much more than cheesesteaks. Let us show you.
We’ve been waiting almost a year, but the sixth annual Audi Feastival has finally announced its date and time. One of the best food events of the year, Feastival will be held on Thursday, September 15 from 7-10pm at the FringeArts building. The event, which benefits the FringeArts program and happens near the end of the 18-day Fringe Festival (September 3-19 this year), is expecting almost 1,000 attendees to join the artists and chefs at Race Street and Columbus Boulevard this year.
Tickets, which can be purchased now at the Feastival website, start at $300 for general admission. For $350, guests can enter the festival at 6pm to get an extra hour of restaurant tastings and bar samplings, or they can go all out for $500 and get the early access plus entrance into the Audi VIP lounge, which offers plush seating and high-end bar service. If some of this seems just a little out of reach, you can act quickly to get an early bird discount of 25% on all tickets through August 17 by entering the promo code EARLYBIRD when you purchase your ticket.
If the ticket price seems like a lot, all you have to do is check out the list of restaurants that will be serving food at the event. Co-host Michael Solomonov will be well-represented with food from all of his outposts (Zahav, Abe Fisher, Dizengoff, and Percy Street BBQ). Local luminaries also in attendance will be Laurel, a.kitchen + bar, Aldine, Lacroix, Morimoto, Noord, Parc, Sbraga, and Will. Other places not to miss would be Bing Bing Dim Sum, Cheu Noodle Bar, Fette Sau, Shake Shack, Whetstone Tavern, and Zama. And if for some reason none of these appeal to you (and you still claim to be into food), there are over 50 restaurants attending the event, with the list growing all the time. You can keep up with it at phillyfeastival.com/restaurants.
Before last year, I hadn’t paid much attention to Feastival—there are so many food events in Philly, after all, that it is easy to skip one or two without missing too much. However, after going last year, I couldn’t wait to get the heads-up on when the 2015 version was going to take place so I could immediately block it out on my calendar. The event is a must attend if you enjoy the city’s food scene, and even more so if you enjoy, and would like to support, Philadelphia’s amazing avant garde art scene. I hope to see you there.
Which restaurant are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the comments.
Photos © 2014 Neal Santos.