Norristown PAL presents International Food and Wine Festival

NORRISTOWN – The end of summer can be a sad time but it shouldn’t stop a party.

On Thursday, September 7th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Plymouth Country Club Greater Norristown Police Athletic League will be holding its 17th Annual International Food and Wine Festival.

“I like to think of it as a big cocktail party that everyone in the community comes to,” said Maggie Hall, GNPAL Board Secretary. “It’s a nice place to stroll around and try different things. The community has supported us over the years. We’ve had a good response.”

A new addition this year will be a Craft Beer Garden in the tent area. Sample beers provided by Conshohocken Brewing, La Cabra Brewing, DeWalt Brewing, and Gretz Beers.

“The festival has been very successful over the years and we thought that a Craft Beer Garden was an addition that could be a part of something new this year,” said Lee Holmes Jr., GNPAL Board President.

Along with liquid libations there will be food available for sampling from vendors including Redstone Grill, Merrymead Farm , Kriebels Bakery, Sessanos, and a variety of others.

All proceeds will benefit GNPAL a non-profit, volunteer organization that serves the youth and families of the Greater Norristown community with recreational, educational, and cultural programs addressing citizenship, self-esteem, avoidance of substance abuse, and respect for law and order. Proceeds will also benefit the Greater Norristown PAL’s Harry P. Mirabile, Sr. Scholarship Fund.

GNPAL’s premier fundraiser of the year will have a silent auction/raffle of many items. Holmes Jr. says the Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the relationship with donors and raise funds for GNPAL’s mission.

Since 1976, Greater Norristown PAL (GNPAL) has served thousands of area youth in a variety of programs.  In 2005, the GNPAL moved into the old Stewart National Guard Armory building near the Elmwood Park/zoo/sports complex, and the building is now called the Greater Norristown PAL Center

“The borough has a variety of people living in it and we provide them a spot that offers quality program at a low cost,” commented Hall. “Our membership for children seventeen-years-old and under is five dollars a year (some programs do have additional fees). It provides them with a lot of different activities and a place that’s safe.”

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