Philadelphia Feastival 2015
Philadelphia Feastival is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The event was first conceptualized to raise additional funding for FringeArts, the world class performance arts group in the city. As the years went by, Philadelphia Feastival morphed into not just a fund raising vehicle but also a premier social event and an avenue to showcase the city’s best culinary talents.
The open loft style space of the french restaurant, La Peg served as the VIP Lounge of the Feastival. Acrobats suspended in mid-air contorted their bodies into different forms as guests ordered drinks at the bar.
Audrey Claire Taichman, pictured at the far right, held court at the VIP area. She is the owner of her name sake restaurant Audrey Claire and Twenty Manning, two of the city’s most beloved restaurants. Audrey is known to be the driving force of the Feastival.
Chef Peter Woolsey did a cooking demonstration for the VIP guests.
The energy at the Feastival was so intoxicating. There were performing artists everywhere. As guests meandered their way around the tasting tents, they saw artists painted in silver and gold on rooftops and on mini stages rocking to the groove of the music.
When the band started playing, without any introductions, a group of performers dressed in sparkles did an interpretive dance in the middle of the crowd. It was awesome !!
Spotted in the crowd were David Lipson, president of Philadelphia Magazine [pictured in the far left] and Nick Stuccio, president of FringeArts [pictured in the far right].
The roof of the tasting tent was transparent. Guests experienced the entire event space with the Ben Franklin bridge in the background. The Feastival was truly a full sensory experience.
The Feastival in High Gear
As dusk turned into night, the Feastival event space lit up in the darkness.
Acrobats on poles started to entertain guests by swinging back and forth and in circles.
The acrobats were fond of swinging close to the guests while making faces as though they were falling from the sky.
The middle tasting tents were lit using tea lights. The mood was warm and sophisticated.
While in contrast, the tasting tent closest to the Ben Franklin bridge with the transparent roof was lit with purple laser lights. It had a more young and vibrant mood.
With so much engery pulsing, guests started to dance with the performers.
The Feastival is a celebration of the best chefs in the Philadelphia area. We’ve chosen the best bites of the night.
Most Delicious was the Figs and Foie Gras from Bistrot La Minette.
2nd Most Delicioius was the Butter Poached Lobster with Corn and Scallion from Butcher and Singer.
Best Plated Small Bite was the shima aji, charred egglant miso, compressed unripe tomato, daikon, shiso and chive from Morimoto.
2nd Best Plated Small Bite was the Smoked Trout Roe and Creme Fraiche on Crispy potato from Laurel.
Most Innovative Small Bite was the Paella Maki Roll from Volver.
Most Adventurous Small Bite was the crispy pig trotter with summer berry mostarda from Pub & Kitchen.
2nd Most Adventurous Small Bite was the beef tongue from The Good King Tavern.
The All Time Favorite was the lemon lavender donut from Federal Donuts.
Best Cocktail was the “Into the Face of the Devil” from Olde Bar. It’s apple-infused Jim Beam Devil’s cut, cardamom honey and lemon juice.
2nd Best Cocktail was the rum punch from The Good King Tavern.
Till next year !!