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The kickoff to Donnerstag, the largest outdoor beer festival in the Philly area is over…but the King of Prussia Beerfest Royale event starts Saturday October 4 (there are still tickets available for session 1!!)King of Prussia Beerfest Royale 2014 is today!

This event gets bigger every year, and Donnerstag is no exception. Delicious small plates from King of Prussia’s delicious dining establishments: Seasons 52, Maggiano’s, Sullivan’s, the Pub at Wegman’ås, Morton’s, Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse, Ralph’s of South Philly, Valley Forge Casino, T Burke’s, and more!

There was a lot of meat on small plates this year- pulled pork, meatballs, chicken and beef satay sticks, beef bourguignon, short ribs and brisket. It was all delicious, but when I spied seared salmon plates, Philly2Philly.com photographer Diane Cooney and I pounced! That was incredibly delicious.

I think the beer vendors outdid themselves this year – craft and international beers were on display for our drinking pleasure, with of course, bottomless pumpkin beer at the swanky pumpkin tasting bar were on offer.

I’m a little pumpkined-out..oh who am I kidding, when I judge small plates Saturday, I’ll be drinking and eating pumpkin once more! Yes, as an added bonus, I am guest judging beer and small plates during the Beerfest Royal Session 1 tomorrow- snag a ticket now if you didn’t already! Join me, Marilyn Russell from BEN FM, and other local celebs while we taste-test the goodies.

Session One: Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ noon-3:30 pm

Session Two: Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 6 pm-9:30 pm – SOLD OUT!

Victory Brewing Co. debuts its new cheese & stout spreads, while The Melting Pot offered its signature hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries. Just about every stand offered a pumpkin dessert of some kind- although the sweet potato casserole was to die for. Shake Shack offered an incredibly yummy, creamy nutmeggy and pumpkin custard, Jamba Juice offered a sweet Pumpkin Smash shake, and the Dia Doce cupcake truck offered 4 different mini-cupcakes to taste- chocolate stout, sugar cookie, pumpkin cake and red velvet. .

This year there was much more seating, and more vendors, live music and cigars and coffee, so Donnerstag attendees really enjoyed an entire gamut of decadence. There was also a raffle of amazing goodies from area hotels, restaurants, and sponsors.

Victory, Free Will, Evil Genius, Flying Fish, Conshohocken Brewing Company, Prism, River Horse, Sly Fox, Rock Bottom, and more local and statewide brewers were on hand pouring their brews.

So, prepare now, KoP-ers, for the fun that awaits us! Pack your appetite and I’ll see you there! Come say hi and let me now your favorite beer and small plate and dessert!

Saturday’s Beerfest Royale at the King of Prussia Mall is located on 202 behind the Court and next to the Container Store. Parking is free in the Parking Garage!

And people, please don’t drink and drive. There are special Designated Driver passes for only $15 and it’s worth it. Make this fun event for all and don’t be crazy!

Special thanks to Brooke and staff at KOP-BID, Zofia Wleklinski and staff at Red Balloon PR and all the sponsors, restaurants, brewers and staff!

King of Prussia Beerfest Royale 2014 is today!

King of Prussia Beerfest Royale 2014 is today!

Donnerstag pics: Diane Cooney

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