In the City of Brotherly Love, the food scene and the art scene are vastly impressive. The care and dedication that Philly’s culinary and culture connoisseurs put into their creations garner admiration from many and it’s easy to see why. Audi FEASTIVAL 2021 is the perfect combination of both pillars of talent in Philly: This colorful event features some of the best dishes and drinks cooked up by some of the most notable chefs in the city—over 40 hotspots are slotted for this year—and there will also be some other surprises in store as well.
Hailed as the city’s top tier culinary event of the year, it’s not a surprise that after 12 years this event has figured out just how to wow patrons with what it has to offer. Last year, the event had to be virtual for obvious reasons, but the minds behind FEASTIVAL were able to pull it off with a curated collection of five interactive culinary experiences that delivered a signature mix of food, drink and performances right to participants’ homes.
For 2021, FEASTIVAL returns to an in-person event focusing on diversity in culinary leadership and cuisine, as well as the resilience and perseverance of the culinary arts scene at a brand new venue: The Budd, located in East Falls. The event will continue to be a fundraiser for FringeArts, Philadelphia’s home for contemporary art.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be back in person this year. Food is meant to be enjoyed together,” said Nick Stuccio, FringeArts President and Producing Director in a statement. “Philadelphia has been and continues to be fortunate in having exciting and talented culinary and artistic communities that are constantly expanding and pushing boundaries.”
According to a release, in 2021, Audi FEASTIVAL is looking to showcase the new landscape of the Philadelphia culinary community post-COVID, as well as engage the new generation in the culinary arts world. This year, Audi FEASTIVAL presents a new mentorship program designed for local students who are culinary hopefuls to pair with noted chefs who are participating at the event. However, some old favorites will be returning. The release also states to keep in tradition with previous years, new and returning restaurants and bars will participate in the celebration, boasting an extensive selection of signature fare, brews, craft cocktails, and more for attendees to snack and sip on during the event. Some of the noted Philadelphia locales participating in Audi FEASTIVAL include Mission Taqueria, Oyster House, a. kitchen, Cheu Fishtown/Nunu, Hardena, Mike’s BBQ, La Chinesca, Urban Farmer Steakhouse, The Twisted Tail, Square 1682, Bing Bing Dim Sum, and Irwin’s.
And once the the food brings people in, the entertainment will keep them satisfied. The event will also be chock full of live performances throughout the evening with some highlights including Philadelphia-based choreographer and performance artist Gunnar Montana, acclaimed theatrical local dance company Brian Sanders’ JUNK, spirited drag performances from the moon baby, and much more.
Tickets are now on sale for this premier culinary event, which takes place on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 7 – 10 p.m. located at The Budd (3431 Fox St.) The Budd is an industrial, expansive building that previously was used as a train manufacturing warehouse, and with plenty of space, it’s an ideal for hosting a socially distanced and safe event. General admission tickets will be available for $250, with doors opening at 7 p.m. This year VIP tickets will be available for sale for $400, allowing guests to enjoy the festivities one hour before the general admission entry. Philadelphians can make their purchase at pafringe.secure.force.com
Audi FEASTIVAL will requires proof of full vaccination for all participants and attendees. For information on the 2021 Audi FEASTIVAL, Philadelphians can follow them Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.