After a Hiatus, FringeArts’ Feastival Returns With James Beard Award-Winning Headliners

Chefs participating at Feastival, a popular food-centric Philly fundraiser that returns to FringeArts on Thursday, Oct. 19th. | Feastival.

Chefs Ellen Yin, Chad Williams, and more will be headlining this renowned local fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 19th

Following a brief hiatus, the popular FringeArts Feastival is making its epic return on Thursday, October 19th.

For more than 25 years, this fundraiser for FringeArts’ creative programming is known for spotlighting the city’s top cuisine. This fall, the event will include more than 30 participating restaurants and bars; they’re hosting it in the landmark pumping station on the Delaware waterfront that’s now the FringeArts campus.

“There is a new energy at Fringe this year with the opening of Fringe Bar,” says Lindsay Bedford, director of strategic partnerships at FringeArts. “It is exciting to see the community we are building every day taking full advantage of all our space has to offer.”

Headliners include Philly’s 2023 James Beard Foundation award-winners Chad and Hanna Williams of Friday Saturday Sunday, Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality, Chutatip ‘Nok’ Suntaranon of Kalaya, and Toby Maloney, author of award-winning cocktail book, The Bartender’s Manifesto: How to Think, Drink, and Create Cocktails Like a Pro.

“For the last couple of years, we have been inside, not around our neighbors, and it’s time to get out and be together again,” says Maloney. “Festivals and other similar events build community, and things like that don’t happen as often as they used to.”

For first-time chef participant Chris D’Ambro, chef and owner of dining hotspots Ambra and Southwark, he plans use the the opportunity to get visitors to “want to visit us back in Queen Village.”

“It’s not every day you can help fundraise for a meaningful local cause while eating and drinking your way through our city’s top bars and restaurants,” D’Ambro says. “For us chefs, it’s a great way to meet those who support us because when we’re in our restaurants, we don’t get out of the kitchen as often as we’d like.”

Tickets are on sale now at early bird pricing, starting at $175. For more information on purchasing tickets, the public can check out www.phillyfeastival.com and follow them on Instagram at @PhillyFeastival.

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