Prohibitionists and other conservatives have long viewed beer as the devil's brew. Beer itself isn't so bad; it's people that have given it a bad rap. When used in a controlled, social setting, beer is nothing more than a cold, refreshing break time treat.
Matching the perfect beer will enhance any dining experience. Picking the wrong beer could ruin a perfectly good dish. It takes great practice and knowledge to make the perfect pairing. There are three principles to follow when trying to make a perfect pairing between a food dish and a glass of beer.
Mushroom Festival - This fungi festival has been in existence now for over 25 years. Held annually, the weekend after labor day rain or shine. There is a small nominal fee for attending. You can make a day here as the festival contains tons of things to do such as meet with Guest Professional Chefs, Be part of the Mushroom soup cook-off, be part of the Mushroom run/walk, or just walk around and eat at the carnival. Or perhaps mushroom painting is your thing? Held at 600 Broad St., Philadelphia
Wing Bowl - Brain child of Al Morganti and Angelo Cataldi from WIP radio, Wing Bowl started in 1993 and is now a massive event held annually the Friday before the Super Bowl. This is an eating competition unlike any other. Thousands of fans flock at 6:00 AM to watch this event live. Not for kids though and the crowd is known for it's high level of intoxication and lewdness.
To be a participant in Wing Bowl the contestant must perform an eating "stunt" to qualify. These are some serious eaters folks. The total chicken wings consumed from the average winner each year is around 175 wings. Big prizes are part of the gig too. Along with "obnoxious pagentry". If you have never gone to this event and have a bit of wild side, give it try just once. Held at the Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia