We had a great afternoon at the festival. Here is the report, in the order eaten:
First up, The Bride had a herbed vegetable potato salad from Matyson which was very good, $2 for a nice sized container.
I had the Kobe Beef 'slider' with gruyere and caramelized onions. Small, $5, but very tasty. Actually kobe-style, and really not particularly better than good beef, but very nice. This was from Barclay Prime
The Bride had the 'smores' from Barclay Prime, which consisted of a homemade ginger graham crust, a peanut butter cream filling, some chocolate brownie, and a marshmallow which is 'bruleed'/melted to order with a torch. Also $5 and unbelievably good.
Further down, Le Bec Fin had salmon and white asparagus in phyllo. We paid $5 total for the two.
I had my heart set on trying the Smoked Joint meats, having not been to the restaurant yet. I ordered the ribs, and the pulled pork (which they serve as a sandwich but I asked as a platter), came with some slaw. The 3 large ribs were excellent. Meaty, off the bone, and an excellent smoky flavor. The pulled pork was moist and good texture, but didn't even have a hint of smokiness. Just average. I paid $10 for the two together, for a generous portion.
For 'dessert' I had the $2 broiled crabcake from The Palm at Broad Street. It was tiny, but pretty good.
The giveaways were OK as well. Unlimited free sodas (diet Canada Dry flavors, with a coupon for a free 12-pack!), some of those M&M chocolate bars that they've been giving away in CC for several weeks.
There were some other chowish items not tried. Happy Rooster had a lamb sausage in pita. Capogiro had a number of flavors available. Also: Opening in fall 2006, a new Capogiro at 20th / Sansom!!! Miel had many breads and cookies but none of their great cold pastries. Creamed spinach was available at both the Palm and Smith & Wollensky. The overall crabcake count was smaller than previous years, maybe 4 or 5 booths this year.
Overall the festival was very crowded, as you would expect for a day that was "supposed" to be 60 degrees and windy, and turned into a beautiful 70 degree day with full sun.
See you next year!