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After a few year break, the Homebrewer’s Ball is back! The Candy Factory, which has now expanded into 14,000 square feet of office and event space, will once again host this unique event right here in Lancaster in partnership with Lancaster Brewers—a club that focuses on homebrewing.

If you’ve ever had the privilege of attending the Homebrewer’s Ball in the past, then you already know you’re in for a treat! The first two Homebrewer’s Ball events served food from a catered menu. This time around, however, they will be featuring multiple restaurants with a nice mix from different cultures. “We’ve partnered with local area restaurants who specialize in world cuisine to breathe new life into the classic pairings of food and beer,” says Jeremiah Eastep, member of Lancaster Brewers.

In conjunction with an exciting and innovative evening of globally-inspired food and beers, these Lancaster-based homebrewers donate the fruits of their labor in the name of raising funds for a significant cause. This time around, all proceeds will be donated to benefit refugees and immigrant individuals.

The cost of your ticket entitles you to a relaxing evening with live music, excellent food inspired by cultures from around the glove, a DJ’ed dessert lounge, and lots of merriment.

As a charity-based event, we appreciate your support!

In compliance with Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board guidelines, any individual who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older and is not visibly intoxicated who has not made a ticket purchase will be permitted access to a sample beer taste upon request. 

Have questions about Homebrewers Ball 2017? Contact Lancaster Brewers & The Candy Factory

Purchase your tickets here:

One of the things I (Emily) love most about warmer weather is the first time I get to sit outside for a meal and an ice cold beer (or one or two or three perfect pina coladas). Most times when I’m desperate for a meal, but also HANGRY as hell, I wish I had a compiled list in front of me giving all the best places in Lancaster city with outdoor seating. So, I figured why not compile a list myself?

Please feel free to comment if we’ve missed any:

The Waterfront
680 Millcross Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 390-8777

Iron Hill Brewery
781 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 291-9800

The Belvedere Inn
402 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 394-2422

The Pressroom
26 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 399-5400

114 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 290-8080

Taproom: 25 W King St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 399-4009
Brewing Company: 209 Hazel St, Lancaster, PA 17516
(717) 984-2530

Annie Bailey’s
28 East King Street, #30, Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 393-4000

Rachel’s Creperie
201 W Walnut St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 399-3515

Isaac’s Deli
25 N Queen St, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 394-5544

John J. Jeffries
300 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 431-3307

Lancaster Brewing Company
302 N Plum St, Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 391-6258

Now, unfortunately, it looks as though we won’t be able to bring our furry friends to eat outdoors with us much longer due to a recently enforced PA law… but, don’t even get me started on that!

The Vineyard at Grandview is kicking off their annual Saturday Cigar Nights on Saturday, May 20 from 6 to 8:30pm.

Enjoy a laid back evening on The Vineyard’s deck with friends! Cigars are provided by Cigars 4 Good, and donations are accepted. Cigars 4 Good help improve the quality of life for children all around the world. Admission is $8 the night of and season passes are $20.

Music Schedule:
5/20: Two Pints Shy Duo
6/17: Any Given Thursday
7/15: The Steven Courtney Band
8/19: Mark DeRose & The Dreadnaught Brigade
9/16: Jazz Me Band

We recently opened an envelope addressed to us with some tickets inside… Much to our delight (!!!), the tickets were for admission to Wine by the Vine ON DECK, a series of music and food entertainment at The Vineyard at Grandview, occurring from May to September each year. We literally cannot wait to attend!

Every Friday, beginning on May 5, The Vineyard at Grandview hosts a series of food trucks from 5:30-8:00pm, with a rotation of musical guests playing from 6:30-8pm. The cost is only $8 to get in (, and food and wine are for sale! The Vineyard opens at 1pm on Fridays if you are interested in perusing the vineyard beforehand.

FOOD: Food will be available for purchase at each event. You are also permitted to bring your own!
WINE: BYO wine glass! The Vineyard at Grandview wines will be available for purchase at each event, except for the September Bluegrass concert where wine can be purchased by the bottle only. Credit cards are accepted! NO carry-in alcoholic beverages. You can also purchase a logo glass for $3 or 2/$5.
SAMPLING: Samples are NOT available during the concert. Come earlier for sampling/tastings!
RAIN? Bring an umbrella. The concert will be moved inside if weather is inclement.

Let’s drink and be merry!
The Vineyard at Grandview
1489 Grandview Road, Mount Joy, PA 17522 (use “Mt. Joy” on GPS)


Purchase your tickets for Wine by the Vine ON DECK Season Passes here!



Everyone speaks burrito. But Silantra has a different dialect. And they’re straight killin’ it.

#TTDLanc experienced a burrito from Silantra Asian Street Kitchen for the first time ever last week. Our stomachs growled and we quivered with anticipation as we watched customers before us building their custom scallion pancake wraps, salads, and rice bowls. With a 4.9 rating on Yelp, you know you have to try it!

Here are some examples of combinations you can get:
scallion pancake wrap / salad / rice bowl
brown rice / coconut rice / bed of greens
chicken / steak / shrimp /mushroom /tofu
pepper and onion / steamed broccoli / seaweed salad / edamame salad / wasabi coleslaw / lettuce / spinach / cucumber / cilantro/ teriyaki garlic sauce / sesame ginger sauce / sweet and sour sauce / mandarin orange vinaigrette / yellow coconut curry / cooler than the underside of your pillow hot sauce / sriracha / hoisin

Hungry yet? Order online for pick-up!





We’re very excited for the brand new Chop Sushi that just opened in Lancaster. Healthy, convenient and super cute. The Things To Do Lancaster team had the pleasure of stopping by for lunch and this great new spot didn’t disappoint. We highly recommend and welcome Chop Sushi!


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Perhaps this has happened to you. You’re walking or driving along somewhere in our beautiful Lancaster County, when suddenly something new catches your eye in the landscape. A new store front or structure beckons you to come for a closer look and at the conclusion of your enchanted meeting of this new establishment, a hometown crush is born! My latest such encounter happened when I first caught sight of the deliciously stunning and inviting storefront of Bistro Barberet & Bakery at 26 East King Street, Downtown. The way the light from the sun-drenched summer day bounced off the jewel-colored pastries in the bakery window left me no choice but to venture in with curiosity and saunter out with a bag full of sweets. If you follow me on twitter, you know this first meeting was the beginning of an enduring love affair that fulfills my girlish whims of decadence, beauty, indulgence, luxury and carbohydrates. Since that first encounter I have walked many others through the hot pink bakery doors and stood with them beneath glittering chandeliers as they tried to decide on which patisserie to try first. I was so excited to have an opportunity to sit down with the man behind the Bakery/Bistro, Cedric Barberet, and share his vision for merging the food and philosophy of France with the charm and community of Lancaster!

Comme il faut – As it should be

Cedric and his wife Estelle have made their mark on the industry from working for Donald Trump in Florida to Le Bec Fin & Buddakan in Philadelphia. They visited Lancaster several years ago, but on a recent visit back to the little city, they felt something different was happening here and they wanted to be a part of it. As plans to open the bakery fell into place, they added to that idea, an attached wine and tapas bar. However, as excitement for the venture built, Cedric says the plan kept getting bigger and bigger until they arrived at the Bakery & Bistro developing full meals and menus.  Barberet beamed,  “[In our excitement] we kept saying, ‘Oh we should have this, and people might want to try this’ ” until the menu expanded to include unique and French inspired items for lunch, dinner, brunch and happy hour.

001_093015_Barbaret (1)Haute cuisine -‘High cooking’ a compliment to the food and the chef

Cedric and his executive chef Tyler Boell plan to delight your palette with the perfect combination of local, fresh goods and international flavor.  They get the majority of their ingredients from Lancaster Central Market and some local organic vendors, but some ingredients they insist on bringing in from elsewhere to make sure they are providing their customers with what they feel is the Crème de la crème . Barberet suggests if you want to find a french baguette in Lancaster, his bakery is the place to come. The dough is imported from a revered baker in France and then baked fresh at the King Street Bakery when it arrives. The coffee they serve is his personal favorite and he makes sure his Baristas and staff are all trained in how to procure you the perfect cup. He’s working though, to perfect the fine balance between his French influence and his new community. Cedric has been trying some local favorites since his move to Lancaster, from chicken and waffles (which left Barberet missing “the sauce”) to scrapple, which is actually being featured in a crepe on the brunch menu at the bistro! The Je ne sais quoi can be found in the blend, the merge, the harmony between an elevated dining experience and a place you are welcomed, embraced and comfortable to pop by for a drink after work, or linger over three courses with your friends, family, love.

011_093015_BarbaretMangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup – Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly

Barberet Bakery and Bistro wants to be a part of every Lancastrians everyday life.

“It looks like a fancy place, but we are very affordable for what we are doing here.” says Barberet, who wants to be a daily part of our community and not reserved for just your special occasions. His vision is to bring the more luxurious “French” way of dining, socializing, and savoring to his new community here in Lancaster. He says they work hard to be prompt and cognizant of your busy schedule but when time permits, he hopes you’ll stay awhile to savor the food and the company. Of course, you must save room for dessert, or at least plan to take some home for later. With Cedric standing by on our interview day, I had the distinct and delectable privilege of tasting some more of his artfully decadent yet surprisingly light desserts. Each one was more delicious than the next. The perfect combinations of textures give some of his layered desserts a complexity that makes them even more enjoyable. The eclairs were by far the best I’ve tasted…anywhere.

Food is art, it’s celebration and comfort and sustenance. If you aren’t sure where to begin on your first visit to the Bistro, take a cue from the Master; Here is what Cedric Barberet described as his favorite meal of the moment:

A glass of red wine with some cured meats and fresh cheese to start. Then the Steak Frittes from the Bistro menu, followed by a pear or strawberry tart for dessert.

No matter what YOU are in the mood for, from a drink after work, dinner with your family or some bakery items to go, make sure to come soon and see what makes this new addition to Lancaster to special.

“We are so grateful to be here,” says Barberet, “Estelle was just telling me that of all the places she has worked from France to Philadelphia, the people here are the most genuine, and happy and nice”.

Photographs by Matthew Tennison


As the season changes so does the drink menu here at TTDLanc. We’ve put away the gin and tonics and margaritas and salt and are now turning our attention to some tasty bourbons and whiskeys. Even though we do drink whisky all year round we love it even more as the outside temperature cools.

To fill us in on drinks worthy of our pallets for this time of year TTDLanc has a resident whiskey spirit guide. First up is Booker’s Bourbon.


Booker’s is bourbon as Booker Noe intended it: uncut with water (so it’s 64.45% ABV!) and unfiltered which offers a fuller-bodied whiskey. Reputedly this bourbon is selected from American oak barrels on the fifth and sixth floors of the nine-story rackhouse, the “sweet spot” of the warehouse per Booker Noe, the whiskey’s namesake and Jim Beam’s grandson. There the temperature helps the spirit to extract the most favor from the wood itself. It is indeed a most flavorful bourbon.

If you are patient with your whiskey, the flavors and aromas can provide for both enjoyment and appreciation.

At 64.45% ABV (other batches will vary), nose this one carefully! You will want to add water to the whiskey to take off the “nose prickle.” In time you may get aromas of spearmint, creamy vanilla, cinnamon baked goods, a whiff of Old Spice aftershave, light sawdust and other recondite aromas.

In the mouth it full bodied with bourbon quintessential flavors of intense sweetness, spice, and drying oak. The considerable oak influence gives way to a minty finish. Be sure to add enough water to nose and taste with comfort.


Untitle111d-1From fresh fruit smoothies to organic coffee, teas and elixirs, Skinny Park Juice offers a wonderful assortment of wholesome menu items. Their large selection of cafe delicacies — house made salads, multigrain wraps, gluten-free breads — has kept the Things To Do Lancaster team coming back for more!

“Our mission is to offer a menu of healthy food and beverages that does not contain processed or artificial ingredients,” said Owner, Carol Cambell.

Since 2013, Skinny Park Juice has served Lancaster’s West End.

“We are coming up on a two-year anniversary and have been wanting to give back to the community that has supported us,” continued Cambell.

“Each month we are adopting a local nonprofit to whom we donate a percentage of that month’s bottled juice sales.”

Skinny Park Juice is currently supporting The Common Wheel, a local community bike center. During October, Skinny Park Plans to host The Boys and Girls Club Jack Walker Clubhouse.

A popular destination for Franklin and Marshall College students, Skinny Park Juice offers a relaxing and WiFi-equipped setting for quiet reading, studying or hanging out with friends.

“Our customers come from all walks of life,” says Cambell. “Being healthy is universal!”

Visit Skinny Park Juice for a variety of green juice, fruit, vegetable juice and other healthy menu items. For more information, including a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, please visit Skinny Park Juice online at:

Relax, recharge and reinvigorate!

When I crush, I crush hard. Lately, I’m crushing on that ever-popular, quasi-meal we like to call Brunch. What a supremely, delicious idea to sleep in a little later, knowing you can skip breakfast and head to straight for brunch! It seems Lancaster is crushing on brunch right along with me, as more and more restaurants are offering tantalizing brunch menus that cover the savory, the sweet, the caffeinated and the bubbly! Lancastrians like myself are gleefully rolling out of bed, herding out of church and heading for their favorite brunch spots on Sundays! Who can blame us? There is something so decadent and relaxing about this meal. Maybe its the idea of multi-tasking and getting two meals covered in one sitting, but I just tend to enjoy my brunch more intentionally and less hurriedly than most other meals. You can brunch with your sweetheart, your girlfriends, your kids, or all by yourself, and it always feels special and luxurious!

Lately, my Brunch haven has been found at POUR on Prince. From the exposed brick walls, to the colorful upstairs art gallery, the Vibe of POUR lends itself perfectly to the occasion of Brunch! I was already a fan of POUR for dinner double dates and and girls night’s out, but on Mother’s Day when I brought my mom for her first POUR experience, I became hooked on the way POUR does BRUNCH too!


Although that first visit was a special occasion, I have come to expect that EVERY brunch I have at POUR is treated with the same sense of significance. The atmosphere is always cool and inviting, never rushed. The staff are always friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to answer questions, make suggestions and entertain indecisiveness. The brunch menu at POUR is diverse and exciting with new twists on your favorite brunch standbys: You’ll likely find pancakes, french toast, eggs & hash but each item is dressed in its Sunday finest looking far better than you are used to and packing a punch of flavor that keeps you coming back for more! Since my amazing Mother’s Day brunch experience last spring, I have found many occasions to revisit POUR for brunch.


I admit that my first visit back, I was on a mission to wrap my lips around the ever-illusive candied egg-yolk that first blew my brunching mind! This invention of head chef, Anthony Davis, is (in my humble opinion) the epitome of an egg oxymoron, it is simple and complex in it’s texture and flavor and one of my new favorite things! The candied egg yolk isn’t always on the brunch menu, but if you talk to Anthony, you’ll pick up on his reverence for eggs as a brunch entity that shows in many of the other dishes. I’ve been blissfully working my way through the brunch menu at POUR (which just changed again with the temperatures) and have yet to be disappointed!

This Sunday, give your coffee pot a rest, let your kitchen stay clean, grab some people you adore and head out to brunch in the little city! If you choose POUR as your destination this weekend, maybe I’ll see you there! I’m bringing the girls from work to see what all the Lancaster brunch hubbub is about! Cheers!