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From restaurant openings to foodie fundraisers to patriotic parties, grab your calendar and make plans now. You don’t want to miss a thing!
TASTE, Sand Castle Winery’s former wine and small plates shop in Phoenixville, just reopened as a vegan restaurant, “featuring savory and elegant comfort food.” On the menu: plant proteins from The Herbivorous Butcher and, of course, Sand Castle wines.
Phoenixville’s also now home to The Foodery. “Philadelphia’s Original Bottleshop” debuted its fourth location, selling “great beers from around the world,” wine, meats, cheeses, breads and more.
And new to Jenkintown: Southern Belle, a BYOB serving fried chicken, BBQ ribs, vegan crabless cakes and other Southern-inspired cuisine from executive chef Tim Thomas.
Flora, another Jenkintown BYOB, hosts Dining to Defend on May 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. Ten-percent of sales go to The Humane League - Philadelphia. Call 215-779-7945 or visit www.florajenkintown.com for reservations.
Rising Sun Inn in Telford throws a Preakness Party on Saturday May 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. Watch “the middle jewel of the Triple Crown” with Preakness Stakes-inspired food and drink specials. Call 215-721-6350 or visit www.risingsuninn.net.
The Spring Food Truck Competition rolls into Chaddsford Winery May 20 and 21, beginning at 11 a.m. Admission is free to “weekend-long throw down.” Pay-as-you-go for food and wine. www.chaddsford.com/pages/spring-food-truck-competition
General Warren in Malvern joins other restaurants competing in the Battle of the Berries at Brandywine on May 24. It’s part of the annual Garden Party fundraiser for the Brandywine Health Foundation. Individual tickets cost $150. www.brandywinefoundation.org/get-involved/garden-party/
Did you know? Thursday, May 25 is National Wine Day. Enjoy a free wine tasting at Chaddsford Winery from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. www.chaddsford.com/pages/national-wine-day
Black Walnut Winery in Sadsburyville stages its 7th Annual Blues Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27 and 28 from 12 to 7 p.m. Buy $10 admission tickets at the winery or by phone, 610-857-5566. www.blackwalnutwinery.com/view_event.php?eventrec=84
Chaddsford Winery also marks the unofficial start of summer with its Music Festival May 27, 28 and 29 beginning at 11 a.m. www.chaddsford.com/pages/memorial-day-music-festival
And Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford observes the occasion with Red, White and Bleu for Two wine and cheese pairings May 27 to 29. Reservations suggested, $24.99 per plate. www.pennswoodsevents.com/red-white--bleu-for-two1.html
June is Bucks County Wine Month because “sometimes celebrations are too big for one day – or a weekend.” The Bucks County Wine Trail’s eight wineries will offer specialty tastings, music and more. www.buckscountywinetrail.com/event/celebrate-bucks-county-wine-month-june/
Go Nuts for Doughnuts at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Ardmore Thursday, June 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Sip four “unusual beers” paired with four artisanal doughnuts. www.ironhillbrewery.com/ardmore/monthly-events.htm
Love barbecue? Head to Wyndsor Farm in Elverson for the Chester County Blues Barbecue, a Coventry Lions Club fundraiser, on Saturday, June 3 from 2 to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. www.chestercountyblues.com
Also on June 3, Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown presents Taps, Tunes & Trucks beginning at 10 a.m. with the Fox Trot 5K, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Then sample “a collection of curbside cuisine by the region’s most popular food trucks.” www.slyfoxbeer.com/taps-tunes-trucks
And that’s not all. Keep on truckin’ to the PV Art & Food Truck Festival at Perkiomen Valley High School in Collegeville June 3 from 12 to 4 p.m. www.pvartfest.com
Mac attack: Indulge in classic comfort food at the Chester County Mac & Cheese Cookoff on Sunday June 4 at noon in Downingtown. The Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown organizes the annual fundraiser. Tickets cost $10, $5 for children ages 6 to 12. www.macncheesecookoff.com/
Also on June 4, Victory Brewing Company celebrates its Victory Block Party and Food Truck Festival in Kennett Square from 12 to 5 p.m. www.historickennettsquare.com/events/victory-block-party-food-truck-festival-2/