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Aug 22, 2010 05:24 PM

Philadelphia Folk Festival Fare

So how was the food this year? I've heard stories of people cooking up some amazing stuff in very cramped conditions. Haven't ever been but one of these days I know I'll get roped into it, and when I do I don't want to be stuck eating beef jerky and beer for four days straight. Any good stories or tips on what to eat while I'm blissed out by the music?

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  1. You know, I have been to two of these (6 & 7 years ago) and for the life of me I can't remember anything that i ate outside of our camp grounds. I guess that means that it wasn't outstanding, because I usually remember that type of thing.

    1. Gotta agree w/ jessicheese here. I went nearly every year from '84-'01, and I can't remember a single thing I ate. (I'm sure funnel cakes were involved at some point, and a sausage of some kind....)

      You won't starve if/when you go, but don't expect any amazing chow finds.

      1. We brought our own (turkey s/w and fresh fruit) but also saved room for the Salford Fire Co. fresh-cut french fries. They are outstanding. Everything else is the usual junk. Three years ago we were at the Fairport Convention's Cropredy Festival north of Oxford. Besides great music, the food was amazing. All ethnicities (and authentic, too), including a "pub" where you could rub elbows with the performers. I can't understand why PFS is forced to wall off the beer drinkers at the top of the hill. What's up with that?

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        1. re: Susan H

          The only food stories I had before this was when my girlfriend went with a group of people. One of the guys was a very good cook, I can't remember what she said he made, but my girlfriend is quite the picky eater and even she said he pulled off some amazing things. But she brought some kick ass chili which everyone loved and somehow Mr. Master Chef got credit for her chili too. And soaked up the praise.
          The other story is when my friend John went with a married couple with kids. They stayed in a separate family area and John brought a Homer Simpson beer opener. John drank into the wee hours and every time he opened a beer the opener would say something Homeresque. But the tents were so packed in that the noise kept waking up a little girl in the next tent over. By the end that dad was getting really irate.