EAT & DRINK: Make room for a good helping of these: podcast on cheese; seasonal ale; free shaved ice and more

Photo courtesy of Kenzi CrashCollective Creamery offers a cheese club/subscription service.
Photo courtesy of Kenzi CrashCollective Creamery offers a cheese club/subscription service.
Photo courtesy of Kenzi CrashSue Miller, Stefanie Angstadt and Alex Jones form the Collective Creamery team.
Photo courtesy of Kenzi CrashSue Miller, Stefanie Angstadt and Alex Jones form the Collective Creamery team.

April’s all about foodie festivals, fundraisers and fabulous debuts, beginning with a new podcast on cheese and cheesemaking.

Collective Creamery, a collaboration between Birchrun Hills Farm in Chester Springs and Valley Milkhouse in Oley, will “soothe your cheese anxiety” with its premiere podcast. Also, sign up now for the cheese club’s summer subscription, available for pickup or delivery. http://www.collectivecreamery.com

Brewing up charity: Sly Fox Brewing Company offers Alex’s Lemon Wheat Ale, benefitting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer. The seasonal brew “is a refreshing, light-bodied and unfiltered wheat ale with bright notes of lemon.”

And something to look forward to… Sly Fox is opening a third outpost in Wyomissing, joining locations in Pottstown and Phoenixville. http://slyfoxbeer.com

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In other food news, head to Manayunk Sunday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the StrEAT Food Festival with more than “50 of Philadelphia’s best food trucks and gourmet food vendors.” It’s also the kickoff to Spring Restaurant Week, April 16 to April 27, with three-course meals for $15, $25 or $35. http://manayunk.com

Tax Day got you down? Kona Ice King of Prussia will help you relax with free shaved ice Tuesday, April 17, aka National Chill Out Day. Catch the shaved ice truck in Blue Bell starting at noon followed by stops in Wayne, Collegeville, Fort Washington, Royersford, Lafayette Hill and Plymouth Meeting. https://www.kona-ice.com

Also on April 17, meet author Colu Henry and sample recipes from her cookbook, “Back Pocket Pasta,” at Terrain in Glen Mills from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. She’ll show you how to transform pantry staples into simple, delicious meals. Tickets, $85, include food, wine and a copy of the book. https://www.shopterrain.com/product/event-53

Then on Saturday, April 21, enjoy Terrain’s Farm to Flower Dinner, “a magical night inspired by the myriad blooms coming into color this season.” Tickets: $85. https://www.shopterrain.com/event/glen-mills-events/farm-to-flower-dinner-042118-styers

Hear FOX29 news anchor Karen Hepp give a “Tasty Talk” Wednesday, April 18 at Yangming in Bryn Mawr. The lunchtime speaker series begins at 12:30 p.m. and costs $20 in advance or $25 at the door with all proceeds going to Lifecycle WomanCare. And on Sunday, April 22 from 3 to 5 p.m., return to Yangming for a Sumptuous Spring Wine & Cheese Pairing supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Tickets: $55. http://yangmingrestaurant.com

Stop by Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Ardmore, Chestnut Hill, Maple Shade or North Wales Thursday, April 19 from 5 to 10 p.m. for a the release of LeBruce Saison, honoring former server Terrell L. Bruce. Iron Hill’s donating $1 from every LeBruce Saison to his Memorial Fund and 20-percent of food sales with a “Give 20” partner coupon that day. Download yours at https://www.ironhillbrewery.com/give20/pdfs/4-19-18-GIVE20_ARD_CH_NW_MS.pdf

Keep on truckin’! Don’t miss the Swarthmore Co-Op Food Truck-a-Thon Friday, April 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. Find everything from Pizza Wagon to Gotta Lotta Gelata. https://www.swarthmore.coop/events/food-truck-thon-april-2018

Toast spring’s new wine releases on the Berks County Wine Trail Saturday April 21 and Sunday April 22 from 12 to 5 p.m. Manatawny Creek Winery in Douglassville, for example, presents its “lightly sweet” 2016 Riesling. http://www.berkscountywinetrail.com

Watch four celebrity chefs show off their skills for a good cause Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in King of Prussia. Last year’s Celebrity Cook-off to Fight Hunger raised $22,000 for Philabundance. Suggested donation: $20. RSVP by April 20 to Jennifer at jennifer.klaus@ferguson.com or call (610) 935-6675. https://www.ferguson.com/branch/king-of-prussia-pa-showroom

Calling all bacon lovers: Chaddsford Winery celebrates Baconfest, “a bounty of bacon and wine,” Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday April 29 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission is free. Pay as you go for food and wine. Or reserve tickets for a VIP Bacon Breakfast, $30. https://www.chaddsford.com

Ever visited the CIA? Join Albertson Cooking School for a luxury bus trip to the Culinary Institute of America Monday, April 30. Board the bus at 7 a.m. in West Chester or 7:30 a.m. in Plymouth Meeting. Tickets: $130. https://www.facebook.com/albertsoncookingschool