The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) is excited to announce details for the inaugural Crave Montco Month, a 31-day culinary experience that will take place across Montgomery County this July. The event will bring much-needed foot traffic to Main Streets and other areas to promote the county’s diverse cuisine. Many participating local eateries have been cooking up delicious meals for neighbors and friends of the community for decades.
The area is home to more than 1,850 restaurants and Montco Makers (award-winning craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries), all of which were heavily impacted by the pandemic. The event will highlight these resilient and hardworking businesses and serve as a kickstart for the local economy after a year of hardships.
The goal of Crave Montco Month is to fulfill the appetites of diners looking to experience Montgomery County’s eclectic food scene as a true dining destination. Many of the eateries are locally and family-owned and are the faces of Montgomery County’s towns and Main Streets, making the mission of this unique event even more important to those who live and work in the area.
This summer, foodies can spend the day (or spend the night!) eating their way through charming Main Streets that offer more than just dining. After treating yourself to breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three, stroll the neighborhoods for quality shopping and entertainment you can only find in these cozy small towns. Crave Montco Month is the perfect opportunity to try the new spot on your bucket list or dine at an old favorite where everybody knows your name.
After the past year, the VFTCB is creating innovative ways to support these establishments and give back to businesses that need it most. The month-long event is free for all restaurants and Montco Makers to participate and offers flexibility in promotions ranging from discounts to free cocktails and special menus. Crave Montco Month also features delivery and takeout specials, giving multiple ways for patrons to support these local restaurants.
“The food and beverage industry is one of the largest employers in Montgomery County with more than 22,500 employees,” said VFTCB President & CEO Mike Bowman. “Restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries have been the settings for some of the most important moments in our lives. Now, it’s our turn to be there for them, show them some love, and help support getting folks back to work.”
The VFTCB hopes Crave Montco Month will entice visitors to reengage with the local towns and Main Streets for future parties, date nights, and even weekend getaways. From Ambler and Ardmore to Pottstown and Lansdale and King of Prussia in between, guests will have their pick of unique cuisines including American, Italian, Asian, Mexican, and Jamaican.
Throughout the month, the VFTCB social media (@VisitValleyForge on Instagram and Facebook, and @VisitVF on Twitter) and website will highlight Black/Brown-owned, Asian-owned, female-owned, and LGBTQ-owned businesses, as well as romantic spots for date nights, brunch, family-friendly, and even pet-friendly dining options.
Ahead of Crave Montco Month, the VFTCB spotlights weekly Hospitality Heroes in the food and beverage industry on social media. These Heroes are those who’ve gone above and beyond during these trying times and are recognized weekly to the Board’s 163K+ followers.
A list of participating restaurants, information on deals and specials, and more details will be available on the Visit Valley Forge app. Visitors can head to the Montco Makers app to check-in and enter contests and giveaways throughout the month.
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