Philly FEASTIVAL 10.19.2023
Hey there, fellow Philly foodies and art enthusiasts! Today, I'm excited to share my incredible experience at the 2023 FEASTIVAL, a charity event held after the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, which took place at the magical Philly Fringe Bar. If you missed it this year, you'll definitely want to mark your calendars for next year because this event is something you won't want to miss. Let me take you on a journey through the tantalizing world of FEASTIVAL.
Feasting on Flavorful Delights
The name "FEASTIVAL" is absolutely fitting, as this event was a true feast for the senses. The Philly Fringe Bar was transformed into a culinary wonderland where some of Philadelphia's finest chefs showcased their culinary creations. It was like a food lover's dream come true!
As guests entered the event, they were welcomed by a colorful array of bubbles, LED poi and staff spinners and gorgeous stilt walkers - all top entertainers with Philadelphia's best talent team 7 Textures in collaboration with the Ghostly Circus - both spearheaded by the incomparable Lauren Raske. Guests also saw a big splash from Brian Sander's Junk - an innovative installation where guests walk below an athletic dancer and aerialist in blue water. As a performer that works with lots of liquid, I had a deep appreciation for the space management and liquid temperature requirements they needed along with plenty of dry towels on hand!
As guests entered the tents, they were welcomed by the delicious aromas of various cuisines, enticing them to try a little bit of everything. The array of food stalls was astonishing, offering everything from gourmet sliders and artisanal charcuterie boards to exquisite sushi rolls and decadent desserts. I was regretably too busy performing to get to try much but seeing patrons mingle and get excited about the different dishes was the best testament to just how deliscious it all was!
One of the most enchanting aspects of FEASTIVAL was the seamless blend of music, entertainment, and culinary art. Throughout the evening, LED prop performers from 7 Textures brought an otherworldly ambiance to the event. Poi spinners and LED hoopers wove colorful trails of light through the night, creating an almost hypnotic effect. Stilt walkers added a touch of whimsy as they gracefully moved through the crowd.
Of course, I added a touch of extra magic with my colorful bubble wall and smoke bubbles performance. The entire event was curated perfectly. Guests walked the perimeter of the room to float from station to station for exquisite hors d'oeuvres and stopped in their tracks to watch a set of my bubble magic. It was pure enchantment and added a sense of magic to the atmosphere.
Another show-stopping performance came from the water
acrobatic dancers of Brian Sander's Junk, where they also did a set inside the Philly Fringe Bar. The innovative choreography and use of water as a medium were simply breathtaking. The dancers moved gracefully, defying gravity
and creating a sense of serenity with their fluid movements. It was an absolute spectacle and left the audience in awe.
A Night of Giving Back
What makes FEASTIVAL even more special is its philanthropic purpose. The event supports the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, an organization dedicated to celebrating art and creativity in our city. It's a beautiful way to combine the joy of food and art with a commitment to community and culture.
For over a quarter of a century, FringeArts has been a driving force in bringing the most cutting-edge, avant-garde art to the heart of Philadelphia through its annual Fringe Festival. As the leaves start to fall each year, this iconic arts festival teams up with some of Philadelphia's most renowned restaurants to present an extraordinary event known as FEASTIVAL, a fundraising initiative for FringeArts.
FEASTIVAL is not just your typical benefit; it's a night that has been described as "an utterly delectable and awe-inspiring experience" and earned its place among the "top events of the past ten years." This exceptional gathering pays tribute to two vital pillars of Philadelphia's culture and economy: the arts and the culinary world.
Many have dubbed FEASTIVAL as "the cultural highlight of the year," an accolade it rightfully deserves. It's often referred to as "the ultimate Philadelphia party," where you feel like you've been transported to another world. This annual celebration is a unique fusion of creativity, taste, and community, making it an event that simply cannot be missed.
FEASTIVAL at the Philly Fringe Bar was a true masterpiece of culinary delights and artistic wonders. The combination of amazing food, LED prop performers, bubble artistry, and water acrobatics was nothing short of spectacular. This event perfectly encapsulated the essence of Philadelphia's vibrant arts and food scene.
If you're a lover of food, art, and all things extraordinary, I highly recommend attending FEASTIVAL next year. It's a night that will ignite your senses and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Be sure to savor the flavors and bask in the magic – you won't regret it. Until next year's FEASTIVAL, Philly foodies and art enthusiasts, keep your taste buds and your imagination ready for more!