Bucks County Food & Wine Festival- Bensalem, PA: May 17th and 18th, 2019


Bensalem, PA – Parx Casino®, in partnership with Visit Bucks County and Visit Philadelphia, announces the Inaugural Bucks County Food & Wine Festival on Friday, May 17, 2019 and Saturday, May 18, 2019. Local chefs, restaurants and breweries, plus acclaimed West Coast and international wineries, will celebrate a weekend filled with delicious food, fine wine and local brews. Look for a special guest appearance by world-renowned chef, restaurateur, and judge on The Food Network’s hit TV show Chopped, Marc Murphy. Experience the wonderful cuisine that represents the best of Bucks County and the surrounding area. Don’t miss everything from tastings, judging, wine seminars and even celebrity chef cook-offs. Participating restaurants include Parxgrill, Oliveto, Liberty Bell Gastropub, Nectar, Logan Inn, King George II Inn, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, The Common PHL and many others. The Friday night kick-off Liberty Bell Burgers & Brews is $50 per person. Tickets for Saturday’s main Festival are $75 per person. Weekend passes are $110 per person. Tickets are on sale now at www.parxcasino.com/foodwinefestival/. Events will be held at Parx Casino’s Xcite Center, Liberty Bell Gastropub and new Parx Casino Beer Garden. All festival proceeds go directly to Libertae, Inc. an addiction and recovery treatment center for women and their children throughout Pennsylvania. During the Festival, look for the official opening of the glass roof-top on Parx Beer Garden for the 2019 summer season (weather permitting).

“We wanted to showcase the vibrant culinary talent in Bucks County,” said Yeghiche Manoukian, Executive Vice President of Parx Casino®. “When foodies in the area are looking for an upscale, quality dining experience there are many reasons to stay local, and skip going into the city. The local restaurant scene has grown significantly in the last few years, and we are proud to have our very own Oliveto and Liberty Bell Gastropub as part of that regional development. Our festival is the next evolution of Bucks County’s food and wine scene. Come hungry, as it will be a day of delicious offerings we won’t soon forget!”

Celebrity guest Chef Marc Murphy will be joined by area notable chefs, including Executive Chef Frank Perko of Parx Casino®, Oliveto, Liberty Bell Gastropub, Parxgrill; Chef Tim Amoroso of Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar; Chef Joe Zhou of AZ Gourmet; Chef Rich Furino of Taphouse 23; and Chef Fabian Quiroes of King George II Inn.

Participating restaurants include the following (additional restaurants will be added):

  • Akira
  • AZ Gourmet
  • Bambu Noodle House
  • Celebrations
  • Chickie’s & Pete’s
  • The Common PHL
  • Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar
  • King George II Inn
  • Liberty Bell Gastropub
  • Logan Inn
  • Nectar
  • Newportville Inn
  • Oki Maki
  • Oliveto
  • Parxgrill
  • Parx Beer Garden
  • Steam Pub
  • Taphouse 23
  • Thyme Bar & Grill

Event details for both days of the Festival are:

Friday, May 17, 2019
6:00pm to 10:00pm
Liberty Bell Burgers & Brews
Liberty Bell Gastropub
$50 per person

Celebrity Chef Marc Murphy will host an evening of delicious gourmet sliders, heavy hors d’oeuvres, craft beer and a selection of Beam Suntory cocktails. Guests will also enjoy a live performance by Emily Drinker. After the festivities, Parx Beer Garden will host an after-party and official opening of the roof for the season – weather permitting.

Saturday, May 18, 2019
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Food & Wine Festival
Xcite Center
Tickets are $75 per person

Guests will enjoy the best food tastings of Bucks County restaurants along with opulent wine selections from around the world and handcrafted specialty cocktails. Celebrity Chef Appearances & “Iron Chef” Style Showdowns with Wine Seminars with Master Winemakers, and much more! Live performance provided by The Quixote Project.

Weekend passes for both days of events are $110 per person.

The Inaugural Bucks County Food & Wine Festival is presented by Parx Casino® with partners Visit Bucks and Visit Philadelphia, with support from sponsors Bacardi, Makers’ Mark®, Knob Creek®, Sysco, Pepsi, PJP, St. Supery Winery and Penn Beer.

For tickets and more about the Food & Wine Festival, visit www.parxcasino.com.


Murphy’s involvement in the industry moves beyond the restaurants as well, with a regular role as a judge on The Food Network’s highest rated hits, CHOPPED and CHOPPED JUNIOR as well as appearances on CHOPPED AFTER HOURS, IRON CHEF AMERICA, GUYS’S GROCERY GAMES, BEAT BOBBY FLAY, WORST COOKS IN AMERICA, THE KITCHEN, UNIQUE EATS, THE BEST THING I EVER MADE, THE RACHAEL RAY SHOW, THE CHEW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, THE TODAY SHOW and HSN among others. He is the President of the Manhattan chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association, both a board member and Food Council member of City Harvest, and a member of the Food + Finance High School’s Industry Advisory Board. Marc sits on the Leadership Council for Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and has been a national spokesperson for Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry initiative. In 2012, Marc joined the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Culinary Partnership, where he takes part in public diplomacy programs that engage foreign audiences abroad as well as those visiting the United States. He has traveled to Italy, China and Turkey as part of this program thus far. Marc is the Author of Season with Authority: Confident Home Cooking his debut cookbook that was released in April 2015 and continues to be a top seller.


Parx Casino® is owned and operated by Greenwood Racing, Inc. and is the #1 revenue generating casino property in Pennsylvania. Parx Casino® is conveniently located 20 minutes north of center city Philadelphia, I-95 exit 37 or PA Turnpike exit 351 (westbound), exit 352 (eastbound) on Street Road in Bensalem Bucks County. Parx features over 200,000 square feet of gaming; 3,270 slot machines and 148 live table games; 40 poker tables; live racing & simulcast action; Parx Grill, an upscale signature restaurant; Foodies quick service dining; Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and SportsBar; Jax sports bar; Circle Bar; Bambu Noodle House; The Lucky Cheese ~ gourmet grilled cheese eatery; XLounge, luxury casino lounge and complimentary parking for over 5,000 cars. One year ago, Parx debuted a $50M expansion that included the 1,500 seat live entertainment venue, Xcite Center; Liberty Bell Gastropub, farm-to-fork inspired menu; Oliveto, New York City style pizza and Italian Classics; Parx Poker, new custom built private poker room. In 2019, Parx launched sports betting and opened a massive year-round Beer Garden to rave reviews. For more information on Parx Casino®, visit www.parxcasino.com.


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