Hawthorne’s to hold third annual cider and beer festival

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The event isn’t just for adults, however. The block party will feature a kids area, complete with face painting, sidewalk chalk and an inflatable slide.

Residents from South Philly and beyond are invited to take part in Hawthorne Beer Cafe’s third annual Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival, a block party and beer festival that will take place on the entire 700 block of S. 11th Street outside of the restaurant from 11 a.m to 8 p.m on Nov. 3.

“This is a annual event that Hawthorne’s throws in the fall,” said Jami Nazarski, the restaurant’s general manager. “It’s what we call our Harvest Festival. It’s a block party where families can come out. We have a kids area. We have food trucks, beer, live music, cider and wine.”

The event isn’t just for adults, however. The block party will feature a kids area, complete with face painting, sidewalk chalk and an inflatable slide.

“It’s a big family event,” Nazarski said.

The event will feature at least seven food trucks and 30 rotating kegs.

“We have different distributors coming,” said Nazarski. “So that’s great.”

Nazarski said the annual event was spearheaded three years ago as a “celebration of the neighborhood” by the restaurant’s owner Chris Fetfatzes.

“We just want to celebrate the neighborhood and have an event where families of all ages can bring out the pups and the kids and get together to have a good time,” said Nazarski.

Hawthorne’s has been located on the 700 block of S. 11th St. for nine years now, owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Fetfatzes and his wife Heather.

“What sets us apart is our food during brunch,” Nazarski said. “We’re known for our brunch.”

But the restaurant is still very “beer-focused,” as Nazarski puts it, and notes the bottle and draft selection is impressive. It’s got a homey vibe with couches and tables.

“It’s a you’re-going-into-grandma’s-kitchen kind of thing,” Nazarski said. “That’s what made this place really successful. It’s a homey, cozy vibe in city.”

Entrance to the block party is free.