Philly's Best Dining Deals & Events: Thirstoberfest, Bloody Mary Festival

Outdoor block parties and beer fests, plus a special whiskey tasting
October 13, 2014
by Danya Henninger

Top Philly food and drink events in the week ahead, October 13-19, 2014

Columbus Day Brunch at Supper
As is his annual tradition, chef-owner Mitch Prensky is extending the weekend with a special Monday brunch on October 13. From 11 AM-3 PM, head over to his South Street restaurant for house-baked bagels, banana cream pie French toast and bacon babka.

Free Beer at Paris Bistro
Chef Al Paris is opening this Chestnut Hill bistro for dinner on Monday nights, and offering “le buck-a-shuck” $1 oysters from 5-10 PM. To kick off the weekly special, on October 13, he’ll give away free samples of Kronenbourg 1664 and Kronenbourg Blanc beer to all guests 21 and over.

Bouchons of Lyon Dinner at Bistrot La Minette
At Peter Woolsey’s Queen Village boite, chef de cuisine Kenneth Bush is putting on a five-course dinner inspired by his trip to Lyon earlier this year. Expect whitefish dumplings, red wine-braised pork cheese and, of course, salad Lyonnaise. The dinner is available both Wednesday and Thursday, October 15 and 16. Seats are $40 per person, or with the traditional starting aperitif and a half pichet of wine, $55 (215-925-8000).

Scotch Tasting at The Victoria Freehouse
Visit Edward Strojan’s British tavern in Old City between 4-10 PM on Thursday, October 16, and you can try three drams of Speyside and Lowlands whisky, along with appropriate food pairings, for a total of $50. 

Charity Beer Dinner at Barren Hill Tavern
Raise money for breast cancer awareness by having dinner at Erin Wallace’s Lafayette Hill brewpub any night from Thursday-Saturday, October 16-18. Chef Paul Trowbridge is pairing three courses with three local beers brewed for the cause — Free Will Saison de Rose, Yards Pynk and Weyerbacher Althea — and offering the whole meal for $30. Proceeds benefit the Rena Rowan Breast Center at Penn. No tickets, just show up.

PHeaSt at the Navy Yard
The third annual fall fundraiser for the Philadelphia Horticultural Society has more food and drink than ever before. On Friday, October 17, dozens of chefs will serve tastes prepared using ingredients from local growers, yours to sample as you stroll the South Philly PHS warehouse, transformed for the evening with flowers and greenery. A $150 ticket (here) gets you in from 7-10 PM, and includes all the food plus lots of local beer and wine. Bump up to VIP for $300 and get in an hour early.

Diwali Dance Party at Tashan
Get dressed in your most colorful attire and celebrate the ancient Hindu festival of lights in Bollywood style at Munish Narula’s South Broad lounge on Friday, October 17. Your $75 ticket (here) includes passed hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner full of Indian classics like tandoori vegetables and butter chicken, and a full, open bar from 7-11 PM.

Thirstoberfest at Memphis Taproom
Say farewell to beer garden season at this Kensington tavern with the fifth annual outdoor celebration of autumn brew. From noon-6 PM on Saturday, October 18, a lineup of more than 25 limited- and special-release beers will compliment special hot dog combos from the back yard food truck. Look for a gravity cask of Yards Cape of Good Hope, Russian River Pliny the Elder and Consecration and other great gets. Everything is pay as you go.

OktoberFestivus at Franklin Square
A one-night beer garden takes over the northeasternmost of William Penn’s original town squares on Saturday, October 18. From 5-10 PM, food trucks will be lined up alongside the park, and Old Eagle Tavern will pour a lineup of brew. You can also play “spooky mini golf” with fog, lights and surprises at the on-site golf course; it’s available 6-9 PM weekends through October 31.

Narberth Oktoberfest
If you happen to be out in Montgomery County on Saturday, October 18, get your festing in at Narberth Park, where a $40 ticket (here) gets you in from 5-9 PM to enjoy a pig roast, bratwursts, pretzels and lots of local beer, along to a live music soundtrack. Proceeds benefit the Narberth Fire Company.

First Annual Philadelphia Bloody Mary Festival
Fan of tomato juice cocktails? Outdo yourself at this celebration of Bloodys held on Sunday, October 19, at Howl at the Moon in Center City. A $40 ticket (here) gets you in from 1-4 PM to sample the best concoctions by ‘tenders from nine bars, including Nodding Head, Ela and Bar Ferdinand. You’ll also get to snack on brunch bites and vote for the people’s choice winner.

Beer and Sausage Fest at Farm & Fisherman Tavern & Market
Skip over the river to Cherry Hill, where chef-owners Josh Lawler and Todd Fuller are hosting a celebration of drinks and pork on Sunday, October 19. From 4:30-8 PM, you’ll be able to sample New Jersey-distilled rum punch, drink Jersey beers for $1 off (including brand new offerings from Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing), and eat a nose-to-tail pig feast. Call 856-356-2282 for reservations.

Philadelphia Homebrew Club Rib Cook-Off
Pick up a $35 advance ticket (here, or pay $40 at the door) and sample some of the best homebrew in the city at the Made on American Street BBQ rib competition on Sunday, October 19. The block party runs from 1-5 PM, when can fill your commemorative glass with pours of beer and sample all the ribs you can handle, plus lots of mac ‘n’ cheese. Also look for live music, family-friendly games and other fun.

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