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7 Food & Drink Events You Can’t Miss in January 2016

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Gables Cheese Plate//Photo by Alexandra Whitney Photography

Food and drink news was abundant on the Main Line in 2015 and we certainly have a lot to look forward to in 2016. The beginning of the new year has a variety of can’t-miss gastronomy events.

Penns Woods Wine//Photos by Alexandra Whitney Photography.

Wine, Honey & Cheese Pairings at Penns Woods Winery:

On weekends in January, visit the Chadds Ford-based winery for exclusive wine, cheese and honey pairing events featuring locally sourced artisans. Indulge in a sit-down pairing of five premium Penns Woods wines for $28 per person (paid in advance). Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.pennswoodsevents.com. 124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 459-0808.

PA Farm Show, Jan. 9–16:

Marking its centennial, the PA Farm show, located at the PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, showcases the very best in the agricultural industry. This year, look for the Culinary Connection Stage featuring samples, displays and cooking demonstrations by your favorite local chefs, media personalities and special guests. Don’t forget to visit the PA Preferred Food Court to get a taste of Pennsylvania products including the famous Farm Show baked potatoes. For more information and updates, visit the Pennsylvania Farm Show website at http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us.

From Left: Gables wine dinner (photo by Ed Williams); Gables dish (Photo by Alexandra Whitney Photography).

Caymus Wine Dinner at The Gables at Chadds Ford, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m.:

Enjoy this five-course meal featuring dishes prepared to complement each varietal offered by the prestigious vineyard. Feast on dishes like lemongrass-poached sea scallops with long grain green curry rice paired with Mer Soleil Chardonnay 2012, chocolate hazelnut tart with bittersweet chocolate ganache and merlot-infused raspberry sauce paired with Emmolo Merlot 2011. The dinner is $140 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. 423 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-7700, www.thegablesatchaddsford.com.

Winter Wine-derland at Chaddsford Winery, Jan. 16–18

Chaddsford Winery is celebrating the splendor of the season with its Winter Wine-derland. The first 100 guests to arrive on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will receive a free winter hat. The outdoor winter festival will feature ice-carving demonstrations, warm mulled wine cocktails, food trucks, live music, wine tastings, fire pits and more. Plus, take part in Chaddsford’s very first “Niagara Falls” ice luge and enjoy an extra-cold shot of the winery’s award-winning Niagara wine. There is no cost to attend, and all wine and food purchases are pay-as-you-go. 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-6221, www.chaddsford.com.

Taste of Phoenixville//Photo by Alexandra Whitney Photography.

Taste of Phoenixville, Jan. 21, 6–10 p.m.

The Taste of Phoenixville is held each year to benefit The Good Samaritan Shelter. The premier event for tasting local food, wine and beer in a fun, festival-like atmosphere will be held at the Phoenixville Foundry. Tickets start at $100 a person, but you can enter to win two VIP tickets via a contest at The Town Dish. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tasteofphoenixville.com.

What’s for Dinner with Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Jan. 30, 6 p.m.

Join this nonprofit community for a truly farm-to-table experience. The menu for the dinner will feature local, seasonal and organic foods grown and produced directly at Kimberton Hills and its neighbors. Chef Seth Williams of Boyertown’s Landis Store Hotel is back to plan and prepare the meal. Tickets are $100 per person and must be purchased in advance. For more information, visit www.camphillkimberton.org.

Belgium Comes to West Chester, Jan. 30, 1–6 p.m.

Beer lovers must attend this event. Join Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant at its West Chester location for a true celebration of all things Belgian. There is an unbelievable tap list from Iron Hill, local brewers and favorite American brewers as well as Belgian imports, specially brought in for the occasion. There will also be some special dishes on the menu to pair with the brews. This is a pay-as-you-go event. 3 W. Gay St., West Chester, (610) 738-9600, www.ironhillbrewery.com.

Look Ahead to February: Food and Wine Pairing Class at Drexel University

Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management’s fun, educational six-week food and wine pairing course will get you on your way to becoming a pairing pro. From 6–9 p.m. every Wednesday from February 3 through March 9, you’ll be educated on the proper way to taste wine and then move on to learn which wines and foods go perfectly together. The cost to attend the course, which will be held in the Academic Bistro, is $495 per person. Must be 21 or older. For more information, visit www.drexel.edu.

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