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4th Annual Caribbean Day

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In celebration of National Caribbean- American Heritage Month, Reading Terminal Market will host its 4th annual Caribbean Day. The event will take place Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Reading Terminal Market and feature traditional Caribbean food, drink, art and music.

The Market’s Caribbean Day will consist of fun activities from food demos to live music.  Food demonstrations will kick-off at 11:30 a.m. with Chef Careda Brown-Matthews, who will be whipping up tasty Jamaican eats like traditional jerk chicken, peas and rice, plantains, and cabbage.  The hour-long food demonstration will be followed with delicious libations provided by the “Bahama Papas”, mixologists Remy Duncombe and Chet Morley, who will be making virgin Bahama Mamas from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to the Caribbean food demo and drink demos, renowned Dominican artist Erick Picardo will display his artwork and conduct a live painting session in Center Court. Live music entertainment will be provided by Philadelphia natives Trinidelphia, performing their rhythmic steel pan music. There will also be a SOCA fitness demonstration, a roving performance from The Potcakes Junkanoo Band and more.

Guests will be treated to a host of Caribbean vendors including Taino Art, Afro-Caribbean/Latino Art, memorabilia and other Caribbean treats, as well as face painting throughout the day.  Caribbean Day is a program of the Caribbean Community in Philadelphia under the umbrella organization of UROC of Philadelphia. The Caribbean Community in Philadelphia is a project of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia.

For more information and a full schedule of the day’s events, please visit

The Great Reading Terminal Market Easter Egg Hunt

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On Saturday, April 15th hop on over to The Market because we'll be holding our first ever Easter Egg Hunt for ages 0 - 11 years old! The best news of all is that it's completely FREE! Bring your own baskets for this Market-wide Easter egg hunt. 

Meet in Piano Court (next to Miller's Twist & Metropolitan Bakery) to start the hunt.

9:30 - 10:00 : Ages 0-5, Egg hunt around The Market. These ages will be looking for yellow & green eggs.

9:45 - 10:00: Ages 6-11, Egg hunt around The Market. These ages will be looking for any egg that IS NOT yellow or green. 

10:00 - 10:30 : Storytime in the Book Nook (in Piano Court). All ages welcome.

10:30 - 11:30: Egg dyeing in City Kitchen. All ages welcome.

Special Guest: The Easter Bunny (9 am - 10:30)

Eggs will only be hidden in places accessible to the public. They will not be behind any merchant counters. 

See you there!


Market Open During Construction

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If you have been through the Market East neighborhood recently, you might have noticed that there is scaffolding on the 12th Street side of the Market (and a little on Arch Street and Filbert Street as well).  The convention center has begun the arduous process of replacing the roof from the Reading Terminal Headhouse on Market Street all the way to the Race Street side of the convention center (and include the Market's roof).  The target date of completion is November 2017.

The good news is that the Market will remain open as usual throughout the construction (all 10 sets of doors are still accessible).  So, please come shop and dine as usual!


the market blog

June 14 2017
There’s probably no other place in town where you can find more food experts than at Reading Terminal Market, and the Market’s expertise quotient went up another notch when Chef Tess Connors was hired to manage the Market’s City Kitchen demonstratio...
April 27 2017
We have put together a short guide that shares insider tips and services provided my the merchants of Reading Terminal Market that you may have not previously known exist. Did you know that you can purchase dry ice from Bassetts Ice Cream, ...
April 18 2017
When 12th Street Cantina opened in 1982, it was the first and only Mexican stand in Reading Terminal Market and also one of the first and only Mexican restaurants in the whole city.   At that time Mexican food was so rare in cheesesteak-land th...

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Bassetts Ice Cream

America’s oldest ice cream company—established in 1861—Bassetts Ice Cream was the first merchant to sign a lease at the Reading Terminal Market in 1892 and is still owned and operated by the same family today. Their menu of more than 40 different flavors includes something for everyone, from the most traditional (they make a killer vanilla) to the more adventurous (Cinnamon or Matcha Green Tea, anyone?). Made with cream and milk sourced from a co-op of dairy farmers in western Pennsylvania, each flavor is hand crafted and tested to perfection. Stop by for a cone, cup, pint, sundae, or milkshake, and factor in some extra time to check out the original marble counter, the hand-painted mural surrounding the store’s mezzanine, and the historical video footage from when Bassetts Ice Cream was produced in the Market’s basement.


Monday–Friday 9am to 6pm; Saturday 8am to 6pm; Sunday 9am to 5pm


Phone: (215) 925-4315

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Additional Information

Payments accepted: All major credit cards, cash, and RTM Gift Cards

For catering, contact Bassetts Ice Cream's wholesale offices at 215-864-2771

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