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Feasts, Fairs, Fundraisers

It is late in the season to start such a topic, but I thought about this today while visiting St Sophia's Fair today in Trooper PA on Rte 363. Wife an I visited the Big Tent at Sophia's Greek Orthodox church and had authentic Gyro sandwiches- maybe the best I ever had. Thin sliced lamb and beef, fresh onion and tomato and homemade thaziki sauce on a fresh warmed pita. Finished w some fried dough drizzled w/ honey and nuts.. Many other Greek specialites available.

My question is: What are some of the local fairs, feasts, etc famous for? (What are we missing?) I can start the list. (Maybe we can revive it next spring for the new season....)

Holy Saviour Church- Norristown - Roast Pork Sandwiches
Kimberton Fair, Kimberton - Fresh made donuts
St Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church - Trooper, PA Gyros, greek specialties

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  1. This website has a huge directory of fests, fairs, fundraisers--anything involving food: http://www.foodreference.com/html/upc... Things that I know in the Philly area aren't on it so maybe someone knows of a better site?

    1. I hate that I missed this! I need to add the Spring one to my calendar.

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      1. re: scargosun

        They told us they went to 2x per year in 2007 (Spring/Fall) 1st weekend in May and Sept I think

      2. hrm... not sure if this is what you're looking for, but a heads up that a full plate cafe in northern liberties is having a rib-off this saturday.

        1. There are the annual Bridgeport festivals each summer - Italian, Polish and Slovak.

          Of course the highlight of the Italian feast is the Porchetta which you gotta get there early. If you don't make it in time, they still have decent roast pork, you just want get to see them pull it right off the hog.

          The Polish and Slovak festivals bear fairly similar cuisine, which shouldn't be too surprising given their geographic proximity. Galumpkes, galushki, pierogies, sausages are the way to go. The Slovak festival is usually smaller which means a shorter food line.

          1. This a great topic.

            Ambler has an annual Oktoberfest which will be Sunday September 28. Great german food, delicous pig roast, lots of german food, and a beer garden. I think the pig roast is what is famousd becauise it always sells out quickly and whenever I work at the event, "where is the pig?" is the question I am asked most often!

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            1. re: AmblerGirl

              Thanks... this is exactly what I was looking for... please provide more info if you can (location, times, etc)

            2. Since this past weekend was both the Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square and Chadds Ford Days in Chadds Ford, along with the Brandywine Battle Re-Inactment (not sure what food stuff they had there), I thin you make a point. Maybe we need to start building a separate entree for what's happening in Eastern PA,.week by week

              Alas, I have no idea what's next weekend

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              1. re: FriedClamFanatic

                there are a bunch of local fishtown / nolibs restaurants at the river city festival this sat at penn treaty park, 12 - 5 i think. also there's another festival @ liberty lands park same day, 4 - 10, but i don't know if that one is as food-centric (they'll likely have some local beers, all you can drink for $10 tho!). i will be at both will bells on! :)

              2. Saw this thread yesterday and then on my way home I saw a banner for a Russian Festival in Northern Liberties on the first weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) of October. I believe it is at the Russina Orthodox Church at Fourth and Fairmount. They said there would be lunch/dinner and baked goods!

                1. We look forward to St. Sophia's fair every year too. Can't beat it. Another thing I looked forward to when I lived in Phoenixville is the Orthodox church on the left corner, right when you come into town has great pierogi's, soup, etc for take out/eat in at lunch once a year. All made by the ladies there. So delicious. Not sure when it is, but I would assume it is a certain time of year.

                  1. Bumping to top for 2011