Good food is my weakness. It’s hard for me to imagine that I once used to be a picky eater, too stubborn to try anything new or exotic. The old me would have cringed at the thought of spending my Saturday eating fried catfish and octopus bahn-mi (I’m glad she didn’t stick around.) The new me was in my element at Feastival, a philanthropic foodie event where top restaurants and bars from around Baltimore gathered to serve unique culinary creations, cocktails, and craft brews. The best part? Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an amazing organization working to find a cure for all people with cystic fibrosis (CF).
Eating dishes from Baltimore’s greatest restaurants, sipping on all-you-can-drink cocktails & craft brews served by members of Baltimore Bartender’s Guild, and raising money for the disease I spend my days researching? I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a Saturday.
Since it would take me forever to detail all my foodie thoughts, here are my highlights + details on where to snag the delicious dishes you see in the pics!
Moet & Chandon table
Free champagne? Yes please. We even snagged these cool glasses to take home (Full disclosure: carrying them around for the afternoon while drinking + attempting to eat finger food was quite the sight.)
This drink was my introduction to mezcal, and after consuming 2 (or 5. Mistake #1) of these, this smoky, agave-derived alcohol is definitely one of my new favorites. Served by members of the Baltimore Bartender’s Guild and garnished with freshly toasted rosemary, this drink is a perfect one for summer. I mean, I dare you to look at that ingredient list & tell me you don’t want one.
Union Craft Brewing
Union, a Baltimore-city staple, showed up to Feastival with their classic Duckpin Pale Ale as well as Country Boy, a new Belgian-style Wit brewed in collaboration with Charm City Folk and Bluegrass. Their stand overlooked my favorite view of the harbor – brews & #views. What else could a girl want?
Gin & Pimms
“This is why I’m hot, this is why I’m hot.” Ok well that was MIMS (s/o to my fellow 2000s teens, I’m bumping to 90s & 2000s Hip Hop/Pop Jamz playlist while I write this) but this is Pimms liquor, recently discovered and another new favorite. This concoction, made with Greenhat Gin + Pimms, and then garnished with a cucumber, was so light + refreshing. Gin is in my top 3 favorite liquors, so this combo was Taylor-made, for sure 😜 (the day was incredibly hot + I was drinking these like water. Mistake #2.)
Gruyere Beignets + Steak Tartare
Visit Colette at 1709 N. Charles Street in Station North for French-inspired bistro-fare + classic cocktails.
Visit Gunther & Co. at 3650 Toone St. in Brewers Hill for modern American dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.
Smoked Duck Sausage
Fried Catfish Sandwich
Squid Ink Pasta
Double-Fried Chicken Wings
Barbacoa and Carne Asada Tacos
A huge thank you to Kara, my roommate, who actually WON the tickets to go to this event via the @thebaltimorefoodjournal Instagram contest and let me use them. Secondly, a special thank you to Christian, my partner in foodie crime for the day!
Lastly, a giant thank you to all the chefs, bartenders, owners, and supporters for participating in such an amazing event for a cause that’s close to my heart. You guys serve in more ways than one!
Until next time, keep it stylish.