Event Review: TASTE Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits

Hey everyone!

I mentioned briefly in yesterday’s post that Chris and I attended a food expo that turned out to be rather disappointing.

Last weekend, I purchased a Groupon for the 2012 Philadelphia TASTE Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits. I was pretty excited because I was able to get two tickets for $45, while they normally sell for $50 each.

The event was scheduled from 11:00AM-7:00PM on Saturday (it was also open on Friday and Sunday) and Chris and I arrived around 2:30/3:00PM.

We were shocked to find a huge line in front of the expo center, but were relieved to see that it was moving pretty quickly.

Once we made it inside, we were seriously overwhelmed by the amount of people inside. We could barely walk, let alone visit with any of the vendors!

I’m not a fan of huge crowds to begin with (is anyone, really?) but I think even if I were okay with them, this event would have been a bit much!

Another majorly disappointing aspect of the event? To sample many of the items available, you had to pay. Perhaps I was naive in thinking the money I spent on our tickets covered a few, small samples?

To be fair, there did appear to be some booths that were offering free samples, but they were so swarmed with people, we couldn’t even tell what we’d be waiting in line for. And to steal Chris’s words, he described the samples as “a small morsel.” We came ready to eat!

Chris and I lasted about 10-15 minutes before looking at each other knowingly and running for the door!

The only good thing I got out of the experience was seeing that Peanut Butter and Co. now has portable peanut butter!

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After our experience at the expo, we were both starving and decided to grab lunch. We originally planned to go to The Cheesecake Factory, but the wait was 30 minutes and we were too hungry to wait.

Instead, we headed to nearby California Pizza Kitchen.

Chris and I usually skip appetizers when we go out to eat, but like I said, we were hungry.

We started our meal with avocado club egg rolls, which were so, so delicious!

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While I’d normally go for pizza as my entree (it is my favorite food, after all!), another item on the menu caught my eye.

The caramelized peach salad

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I just about cleaned my entire plate!

Dessert came later in the evening in the form of a pumpkin pie Blizzard!

Blizzard

If you have a Dairy Queen nearby and have yet to try this, I suggest running out right this very second and purchasing one! Hands down – the best Blizzard ever!

Okay, it’s time to get back to that never-ending stack of short stories I’ve been grading all afternoon!

Have you ever attended a food/wine expo? I hope your experience was better than mine!

Have you ever been to California Pizza Kitchen? We rarely go, but I don’t know why we don’t think of it more often; our meal was delicious!

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18 comments

  1. Lauren says:

    What? They made you pay for samples??? That’s absurd! The whole point to a food show is the free samples. Sorry it wasn’t as you expected but so glad that blizzard was! That looks out of this world!!!

    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      We hated to “waste” the $45, but we literally couldn’t stand to be in the building for longer than 10 minutes!

    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      I definitely thought about that! Some people in line were saying they read bad reviews about the same event last year, so I’m sure I wouldn’t be the first to complain!

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