Yesterday, T and I went to the Historic Bethlehem Blueberry Festival! I’ve been planning to go for the last 6 weeks and somehow forgot about it until we drove past it on our way grocery shopping. So we made a 2 hour pitstop to get the full experience!
The festival had:
- Tasting Tent
- Three stages providing various entertainment
- Craft Tents
- Pony Rides & Petting Zoo
- & the Bethlehem Township Mounted Police
The Tasting Tent featured 6 companies providing Beer, Wine & Mead of different varieties all crafted locally. This
“Pints from the Past” Tasting Tent included The Colony Meadery (made from fermenting honey!), Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Brew Works (a local and regional favorite), Funk Brewing (taproom opening soon in Emmaus, PA, very exciting!), and Frecon’s Cidery.
The Colony Meadery provided a very large variety of meads to sample. My favorite was Mo-Me-Doh, as it’s name hints, it is like a Mead Mojito and had hints of mint and lime! Very delicious. This was my first time sampling mead and I’m hooked! Sweet to the taste, full of flavor that hangs in your mouth, more viscous than a wine or beer.
The Pinnacle Ridge Winery also had a large variety of wines to sample. I love Rieslings, so I sampled their award winning recipe. It was more tart than I was expecting, reminding me more of a Gewürztraminer, which I still love :) I also tried “Niagara” which reminded me of Welch’s White Grape Juice. It was sweet and delicious!
Brew Works had their thematic Blueberry Belch on tap. One of my personal favorites. It’s light and refreshing and a great summer fruit beer. They make each 15 barrel batch with 150 pounds of 100% real fruit! It’s definitely noticeable and makes a real difference compared to breweries that use artificial crap. This unfiltered wheat ale is one to try! I highly recommend it!
I was expecting more for the Entrance Fee w/ Tasting Tent @ $15/person. The website made it seem there would be food for sampling and more breweries than the 6 they had. The Tasting Tent was the highlight, without it, the Blueberry Festival would have been a bust for us.
Overall, we had a great time, ran into some great friends, tasted some great beer, wine & mead, and spent a beautiful day outside! We also walked away with a quart of blueberries! Follow me to be notified when I post some awesome recipes featuring blueberries this week :-)