Food lovers rejoice! Food festival season is slated to debut the moment September hits the calendar! Soon, Chester County will be blossoming with culinary celebrations, as well as wine- and beer-infused affairs. So relax, get hungry (and thirsty) and pull out our planners — you have a lot of date saving to do!

This unique campaign from Bringing Hope Home will run for 4 months all throughout the Philadelphia area. The goal of the challenge is to directly pay household bills for 100 families battling cancer. You can help the Hope in many ways. Adopt a family, collect change, run in the STOMP 5k, text to donate, create a fundraising page, dine for hope, or hold a gift drive. A list of participating vendors is still in the works and constantly growing. Do you plan to get involved? More info HERE.

Join G&G Cigars, local aficionados’ go-to provider of fine cigars and smoking accessories of West Chester, as they team up with the Desmond Hotel to host an outdoor dinner featuring an introductory reception (equipped with open bar), plus a 3-course dinner (featuring seafood cocktail, Snake River Waygu Sirloin Steak and coffee ice cream), and of course, top-notch cigars! More info and how to secure your space HERE.

This giant celebration in the Mushroom Capital of the World is back for it’s 27th year and better than ever. Mushroom lovers from all over will gather in Downtown Kennett Square for eating, crafting, dancing, learning, drinking and non-stop fun. There are many events unfolding throughout the two day festival including celebrity appearances and demonstrations, eating and cute baby contests (don’t worry, those are held separately), parades, cook-offs and more. Whether you’re a big fungi fan or not, the good company and plethora of happenings will keep guests of all ages happy! More info HERE.

To celebrate the end of another great summer, Broad Run and The Bordley House Grille invite you to attend their End of Summer Bash! Details are still being determined, but expect to see two live bands (Steve Liberace Duo & The Mystery Guest Band), delicious gourmet Popsicles, local vendors, fun for kids, and all-you-can-eat BBQ! Better yet, Victory Brewing Co. is joining in for the bash, with a fine inventory of their craft beers promised to be in stock. The event is for a great cause too, with proceeds to benefit Mommy’s Light.

When you hear that the best of Chester County restaurants are all going to be in one festival, why would you not come running? That is definitely the case with West Chester Recreation’s Chester County Restaurant Festival. The popular celebration of all things delicious in our beloved area is in its 33rd year in 2012. Aside from tasty food, there will be live music, dancing, the Chester County Culinary Challenge, a Beer & Wine Garden ($3 to enter) and The Town Dish Choice Awards. Hungry guests can taste their way through a variety of offerings from restaurants like Teca, Kildare’s, Roots Cafe and many specialty food vendors as well. It’s a foodie haven and should NOT be missed! More info HERE.

Living in Chester County is happy to present the very first BLIND cupcake competition in Chester County. The sweet event will bring together seasoned professionals, hobby bakers, restaurants and pastry chefs to determine an ultimate cupcake winner. There is no bias involved since taste testing is performed sans-labels and the judging table is made up of people like you! Those who aren’t looking to weigh in can attend as well. It’s free for voters and non-voters so don’t be shy! Many vendors will be on site to explore before, after, and in between tastes like Cupcakes Gourmet, The General Warren Inne, Chester County Best Kept Secrets tour and more! Everyone can use a good cupcake tasting in their life and proceeds will benefit Bringing Hope Home (same from campaign above) so why not attend? More info HERE.

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