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Good Food Hunting: Dressage at Devon

September 26, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

By Kat Wojtylak

Fig, Gorgonzola and Prosciutto Naan Pizza from The Pub at Wegmans.

Dressage at Devon is well underway. The breed show itself takes place earlier in the week with the performance horses coming in to finish off the weekend. Much like the Devon Horse Show it promotes a worldly feel in a old time venue just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It’s a place where champions meet and the food in the area can’t be beat!

Dressage at Devon’s iconic pumpkins!

Myself during Dressage at Devon enjoying Ladies' Hat Day and all the other refreshments and fun!

Enjoying Dressage at Devon’s Ladies’ Hat Day and all the other refreshments and fun!

Of course I love partaking in the ladies hat day, but the food element is always worth talking about! The venue itself boasts some great finds just like the Harbor Sweets booth where you can sample chocolate daily.

Harbor Sweets/Dark Horse Chocolates booth at Dressage at Devon. A great place to get some sweetness in your day!

But say you want to get away from the show and have a good meal. My first recommendation will be to go to Wegmans. It’s about a ten minute drive pending traffic. Now before you get all grocery stored out on me, they do have a very nice and very cost affordable restaurant called the Pub– and they serve alcohol. After a long day it’s a great way to go out to dinner “as is” to kick back and enjoy a good meal. If you decide that this may not be the right location for dinner, then stop in and grab a growler of their seasonal beer selections and take it with you to enjoy! You can read my full review here, but the pictures may just sway you all the same:

The Pub at Wegmans. Photo courtesy of The Artful Diner.

Speck and Buratta with smoked salumi, roasted mushrooms and peas topped with truffle butter.

If you realize you’re going to have to wait to eat anywhere locally, then I suggest a short jaunt to Four Dogs Tavern. If you have your dogs with you, bring them along! The name “Four Dogs Tavern” comes from the print of four foxhounds that hangs just inside the entrance. The original was painted by Louis Godefroy Jadin. I always thought the name was due to the fact that you could bring your four legged friends enjoy in the atmosphere and food as well. I suppose that’s a large part of it too! They’re located in the Brandywine section of Pennsylvania, about thirty minutes from Devon. Consider this a city bistro with well trained staff, a greatly executed menu and a laid back atmosphere in the country. The food is out of this world, so definitely go hungry.

Artisanal Goat Cheese with Figs, Pistachio and Country Toast.

Crab Nachos with Avocado Sour Cream.

Definitely enjoy your time at the show, but more importantly for the sake of foodies everywhere- enjoy the food! To full plates and eating your tarte out.

About the writer: Author Kat Wojtylak is a horse enthusiast turned food blogger. She maintains a day job in the horse world handling marketing and brand support to various companies, while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences. Visit her blog at EatYourTarteOut.com or email her at tartechic@eatyourtarteout.com.