Who doesn’t love a good foodie event. One where you’re able to sample food from all different vendors, fill your tummy up with some deliciousness, and have a couple glasses of wine to finish? And one that benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia? Sign us up.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia provide a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; and hope and opportunity for thousands of Philadelphia youth each year.
This type of event is exactly what the Philly Showcase of Wine and Cheese is. You get to enjoy an upscale and fun evening, featuring hundreds of wines, cheese, and gourmet foods. Plus, there’s live music and a silent auction.
As soon as you walk up the escalator to the convention center, you pass the auction and are able to see all the fantastic baskets that have been donated by the various companies for the event. Tons of companies have clearly taken their time and put a lot of effort into making these baskets, and each one had something unique and interesting to look at and place your auction on.
We *really* wanted to win that Princess basket…
The event was held this year on Friday, April 8th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (flashback to Bar Exam nightmares). There were tons of vendors from all across the Philadelphia area. Some of our favorites included: MoJo’s Pop Co., United By Blue Coffee (check out their store in Old City, it’s super cute), Conshohocken Italian Bakery, The Bacon Jams, and Carlo’s Bakery. We also sampled some food from Uncle Ralston’s Homestyle Cooking, and walked away with our mouths on fire from their marinade (a good kind of fire. The kind we want to come back for- in fact, we may be ordering some of it online to use at home). There were also carving stations along the room, so it was fun exploring and seeing what was there.
There was tons of food at the event- unfortunately, we got there at around 6:30 (the event started at 6) and the lines were HUGE – which is definitely not a bad thing, for an event that is benefiting charity – it just made it difficult to taste a lot of the foods or sample a lot of the wines. We found ourselves wanting to try food that we were unable to get to, and most of the wine, we had to sneak our way to the front of the line so we wouldn’t be stuck waiting 20 minutes.
We definitely recommend that if you attend this event next year, make sure you get there when it opens! We left around 8pm and there were still people coming in (again, fantastic for an event such as this), but we have no idea if they were able to try any of the food.
All in all, we really love what the Wine and Cheese Festival stands for. We love the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia, and we love supporting charities. Aside from the fact that we didn’t really get to sample much, we had a great time this year, and wish many more successful years for the Philadelphia Wine & Cheese Showcase.
-Arielle and Lea
We’d like to thank Chris Roof at the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia for providing us with tickets to this event.