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The Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival Debuts New Treats and Fine Wines

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I recently attended my idea of heaven on earth- The Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. Combined The Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival with the Suburban Home Show, this was a great place for many vendors and consumers to check out the latest products.

The Suburban Home Show displayed many great home improvements- amazing kitchens, fabulous new bathrooms, basement renovations, decks, tile and granite countertops, windows and siding- including kitchen tables, Jacuzzis, outdoor furniture.

Then I walked over to the Food & Wine section. And wow- this was awesome- lots of vendors offering the latest cutlery, cookware, sub zero fridges, olive oils, coffees and teas, spices, cheese, juices, marina sauces, bar-b-que sauces, chocolates, nuts, crab cakes, clam chowder, fruit, wine gadgets and glassware, breads and pastries, Pampered Chef products, to say nothing of the beer and wine that was offered for unlimited tasting!

One of my favorite bar-B-que sauces was FunniBonz. I tried their original sauce with pork, and the spicy with beef. This is probably the best tasting sauce I have ever had. The original was smooth, sweet and full of flavor, and the spicy was flavorful with a touch of heat, but without running for a glass of milk. I bought several jars, and then brought my mom back the next day- we enjoyed this immensely!

Local Bakery Le Bus was there, where I got several loaves of Italian bread, jalapeño cheddar bread boules, pumpkin spice and carrot cake muffins, and onion bagels. (Um, no I’m not on Atkins, into the freezer it goes…..)

Nature’s Peak fruit offered fresh frozen fruit smoothies and mango samples. This fruit is delicious- I’m quite happy I got some coupons! Honest Tea (Peach) and Hangover Pretzels were faves of mine. In addition to being a sponsor, Pepperidge Farm, debuted their new four cheeses and Italian baked natural cheese crisps - these were delicious.

There were food demos and presentations by local and celeb chefs, and wine classes. Many wineries debuted different wines from various regions and countries- including local Chadds Ford Winery, Blue Mountain Wineries, and many others. Executive Chef Michael Giletto, as seen on the Iron Chef America and Chopped, offered samples of his delicious fresh olive oil and marina sauce, and told us to keep an eye on QVC, where his products will soon be for sale. Chef Rocky Fino and author of Will Cook for Sex: A Guy's Guide to Cooking and Will Mix for Sex: Twenty One Classic Cocktails, was amusing to talk to, and his books had great recipes and pictures for creating amazing dishes to get your lady excited for, um, dinner.

After wandering thru the aisles, we discovered the taste of Italy section…wine from all regions, my favorite being Pinot Grigios from New Zealand, cannolis from Anthony’s in the Italian Market, a variety of olive oils, pastas, cheeses and garlic sauces, all had samples out. There was even a State Store where you could purchase wines that you sampled.

On the last day, I had a special treat from the Copper Fish (Cape May, NJ)- fresh fish fillets pan-fried with their select herbs and spices. That Stella Artois made me a happy camper. I headed home, bogged down with samples and coupons, stuffed and happy. I can’t wait until next year!

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