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Conshy Fun Fest Review

October 11th, 2009 · No Comments · Food & Drink, General, Review

Never one to disappoint my readers, I received a request to give a review of the Conshy Fun Fest.

I have visited the Fun Fest a couple of times in my 5 years as a resident.  Generally, I have always been a bit blase about the whole thing.  It always turns out to be some fun things for the kids, some local grub and lots of tables with people that do not want to be there.

I was looking forward to this years Fun Fest for several reasons, the big one being its new location at the “A” Field in the upper part of the Borough.  So, I (and my wonderful wife) strapped the kid to our back and walked the 5 blocks to A Field.  It was a beautiful day and the walk was enjoyable.

The Fun Fest, overall, was just OK.  The move to the A Field is a huge improvement and they should certainly stick with this location.  But, the overall atmosphere has not changed much.  There were lots of inflatable rides for the kids to jump on, there were various local food vendors serving the local stuff and there were the tables of non-profits and local shops to check out.  Beyond that, not much…

We actually ended up eating our lunch on the bleachers on the other side of the music because it was blaring crazy loud right near the tables.  The food was woefully overpriced, the tables of shops and non-profits was pretty bleak and the Montgomery County Police Bomb Squad and SWAT team (complete with weapons!) was just plain creepy.

How would I improve it?

  1. Either tone down the music or move it somewhere away from diners.  No one wants to yell at each other while eating.  For some reason, I always get the table at weddings in front of the DJ’s speakers and hate it.  You have an entire football field to place the music, don’t put it in front of the tables of people trying to enjoy their meals.
  2. Get better vendors.  Mostly non-profits and local shops, the ability to attract quality stores to sell their stuff will certainly improve the overall atmosphere.  Looks outside the Conshohocken circle for local artists, jewelery shops and the such.
  3. Make the food affordable.  I saw lots of food vendors sitting there idle because things were crazy priced.  $8 for a pork sandwich?  Pork?  Please…get real.  If you are going to serve food only blocks from people’s homes, you need to make it competitive.  My wife and I had a couple of slices or pizza, some undercooked french fries and called it a day.

Will I be back?  Sure.  With my now-6 month old son not quite old enough to enjoy the events at the Conshy Fun Fest, as he gets older I look forward to watching him enjoy it more then I do.

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