Yes, we know… You hate driving long distances out of the city into the country. So we did it for you!
After about an hour of driving, we parked at Palisades Middle School (4710 Durham Rd, Kintnersville, PA 18930) that provided yellow school bus shuttles (not the short bus) to Luna Farm as parking at the farm would have been packed. Upon arrival, port-a-potties awaited those who took the hour-long drive from the city and 20 minute bus ride. And although no one actually likes using them, they were some of the cleanest around!
This was the second annual Garces Foundation Summer Barbecue at Chef Garces’ Luna Farm in Ottsville, Bucks County, Pa. on Sunday, June 7 from 1-4 p.m. Tickets were $75 per person, $30 for children (ages 5-12), free for children under 5 and a 30% discount for Young Friends members.
The local barbecue lunch provided tasty bbq eats by Garces Catering, Fat Jack’s BBQ, owwowcow creamery, Rosati Water Ice and other area restaurateurs. Musicians American Deluxe with Clay Sears and Matt Cappy kept the funk flowing with an eclectic mix of smooth sounds, soul and ending with some sweet cooing of Prince.
The Luna Farm tour took off every 30 minutes and fearless groups toured Chef Jose Garces’ farm through mowed paths winding through the woods behind his summer home. This may have been what was considered the “guided hiking trails” which were a 20 minute walk around the 40 acre property. Some not-too-outdoorsy folks left the group when the words “poison ivy” and “ticks” were mentioned by the fearless tour guide.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka had a stellar idea for the vodka infusion workshop, providing fresh fruit, herbs and veggies to put inside mason jars. Let it sit a couple weeks, pop a straw in… haha just kidding. Mix with tonic water or something refreshing and viola! An organic, tasty “homemade” vodka without all the mess.
Refreshing Fiji water with straws poked inside caps, beer (including cider), wine (and sangrias), specialty cocktails (a Chaddsford Winery niagartia – a new kind of stiff, delicious addiction) and (spiked) lemonade.
Near the green house, there were make-and-take herb seed plantings, including basil and mint. Meanwhile, Chef Garces was signing copies of his cook books, The Latin Road Home and Latin Evolution.
A very family friendly occasion, there was a moon bounce and lawn games for kids – and playful (or perhaps tipsy) parents. We only wished it lasted longer and with a pool party to cool sizzling summer skin!
For more information, visit www.garcesfoundation.org.