This weekend is one of the busiest of the year for Berks County, and that’s a good thing for food lovers. Saturday is filled with events that are sure to fill your stomach. Here’s four not to miss:
Centre Park Gourmet Garden Tour
Tour some of Reading’s most beautiful gardens while sampling some of Berks County’s best foods and wines at the annual Centre Park Gourmet Garden Tour. Saturday evening from 5 until 9 p.m., guests can make their way from garden to garden, enjoying samples from area restaurants and vendors, including Panevino, Aladdin Restaurant, Sofrito Gastro Pub and Aulenbach Wines. Also from 6 to 10 p.m., check out the Beer Garden, with free drink samples, food and live music at the Inn at Centre Park.
Tickets are sold separately for the tour and the beer garden and are $23 in advance, and $25 on the day of. Combo tickets are $40.
Art on the Avenue
West Reading hosts its biggest block party of the year on Saturday with the annual Art on the Avenue. Penn Avenue will be lined with top artists and craftsmen from around the region from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additionally, many of West Reading’s restaurants will be set up outside or offering specials for the event. Live music and street performers can also be seen throughout the day.
Apple Dumpling Festival / Berks Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival
The 60-year tradition that is the Apple Dumpling Festival is going on now in Sinking Spring’s Willow Glen Park. The festival offers tons of great food, including the namesake apple dumplings, but this year it is adding to that in a big way with the first annual Berks Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival on Saturday from 12 noon to 10 p.m. The special day of entertainment includes live blues music, local microbrews, and plenty of ribs, pork, chicken and brisket. The festival is open from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday and 2 to 11 p.m. on Saturday.
The Truck Stops Here – Mobile Madness!
The region’s top food trucks will all be gathered at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles this Saturday for the first annual “The Truck Stops Here – Mobile Madness!” food truck festival. Local vendors include The Cow and the Curd, Luscious Bakery, Gourmand and Local 215. The Ocean Roll Truck, which operates out of a 1961 Canteen Truck built at the Boyertown Auto Body Works, is coming all the way from Kennebunkport, Maine to serve fresh lobster rolls. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is included with $5 museum admission.