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Mark Your Calendars for the 25th Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival!


Thursday, August 7-​Saturday, August 9th, 8am-​5pm

Celebrate the traditions, foods and crafts of the Pennsylvania Dutch at the 25th annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival.



The three-​day festival will take place in the Market’s Center Court seating area and will feature handmade crafts and traditional foods. Try delicious homemade ice cream, made in an old-​fashioned churn-​style ice cream maker, Pennsylvania Dutch sausages, apple dumplings, funnel cakes (which are originally Pennsylvania Dutch), donuts, and much more!


On Saturday, the festival also moves outdoors on Arch Street to create a country fair in the city. Amish buggy rides and horse drawn wagon rides around the Market, a farm animal petting zoo, and live bluegrass music round out the entertainment.


Reading Terminal Market’s Nutrtition Education Programs have Begun!


We are excited to announce that we have begun our new nutrition education program for Philadelphia school children! This summer, approximately 120 kids aged 1013 are learning about healthy food at the Reading Terminal Market’s Eat Right Cooking Camp. This innovative nutrition education program is targeted to middle school students whose families receive SNAP benefits (“food stamps.”) The Market provides a uniquely vibrant venue for nutrition education, with access to a broad range of fresh, local and healthy foods. With help from our partners at the Health Promotion Council, Chef Angela Scipio is teaching food safety, basic nutrition and hands-​on preparation of delicious healthy foods.

The four-​session program is structured by meal, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, with core messages reinforced in each session. Food-​related activities include identifying and sourcing ingredients from merchants, food preparation and cooking in the Markets’ demonstration kitchen, tastings and culinary competitions. A nutritious meal or snack is served as part of each session.

Program participants not only learn about, prepare and taste fresh foods, they will also meet Market merchants who can serve as entrepreneurial role models. This provides the rare opportunity for urban children to meet farmers and growers who produce fresh food, raise animals on humanely certified farms, bake whole grain bread and make cheese.

Stay tuned for information about our programs during the school year.

Eat Right Cooking Camps are supported by the Aetna Foundation, the Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation, and Phillies Charities.


Sidewalk Sizzle & Ice Cream Freeze, the Quintessential Summer Festival

Saturday, July 19th, 10am-​4pm, Outside the Market on Filbert St.

Join us for the Sidewalk Sizzle & Ice Cream Freeze, the quintessential summer festival featuring delicious foods hot off the grill and locally-​made ice cream and gelato to cool you down! Some of the highlights of this year’s event are kabobs, grilled shrimp tacos, ribs, lamb roasted on a spit, bratwurst, Cajun burgers, turkey legs, grilled gelato sandwiches, grilled fruit sundaes, and much more! Live music by the Blackbird Society Orchestra, arts and crafts for the kids, and ice cream games round out the event. This is a free event; food is available for purchase.

The schedule of ice cream games, presented by Bassetts Ice Cream, is as follows:

11am — Ice Cream Eating Contest

11:30am — Ice Cream Shuffleboard

12:00pm — Ice Cream Eating Contest

12:30pm — Ice Cream Bean Bag Toss

1:00pm — Ice Cream Eating Contest

1:30pm — Ice Cream Shuffleboard

2:00pm — Ice Cream Eating Contest

2:30pm — Ice Cream Bean Bag Toss

3:00pm — Ice Cream Eating Contest

3:30pm — Ice Cream Shuffleboard

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Photo: Ice Cream Eating Contest

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Photo: Cajun burger, shrimp kabob, and corn on the cob from Beck’s Cajun Cafe

12th Street Cantina Re-​Opens After Renovations

Longtime merchant 12th Street Cantina re-​opened Saturday after a major overhaul. Stop by for some authentic Mexican cuisine from the new kitchen of Chef Raul Aguirre, a native of Puebla, Mexico, pictured in the new store with manager Jack Wiedman.


What’s New in the Market in the New Year (Part 2), By Carolyn Wyman”

This month we continue our list of new things planned for the Market and Market stands in this new year. They include:

New attractions at this Saturday’s Party for the Market fundraiser, such as a doughnut stuffing and stacking competition at Beiler’s with celebrity contestants Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Director of Commerce Alan Greenberger, CBS3 consumer reporter Jim Donovan, PHL17 host Jennifer Lewis-​Hall, FOX 29 medical contributor Dr. Mike Cirigliani and City Councilman Mark Squilla. The Fair Food Farmstand will be guiding “adventure tastings” of exotic produce and cheese, and baristas from Old City Coffee will be showing off their latte art skills (essentially, foam– and milk-​drawing on espresso). And tickets to the event are still available at www​.par​tyt​ick​et​son​line​.com.

The Market’s website has just been redesigned with smartphones in mind. Merchant listings now include photos and links to their social media pages. And the site’s search box works for both stand names and food ingredients (i.e. if you can’t remember which stands in the Market serve ribs, just search on the word “ribs”). And event listings are now on the Google Calendar platform.

A major stand redesign and menu revamp (to include sopas and arepas and other “more authentic” Mexican fare) coming to 12th Street Cantina as soon as March.

Giunta’s Prime Shop will also be freshening up their look with new refrigerator cases sometime this spring.

Iovine Brothers Produce is planning a major foray into cold-​pressed fruit and vegetable juices and juice blends (like broccoli, apple and ginger) sometime this year and will relocate their current north aisle offerings to display them. These aren’t conventional drinks in the manner of the fresh-​squeezed orange juice they already sell but more like “nutritious meals in liquid form,” says stand operations manager Butch Dougherty.

Little girls’ dresses and little boy’s shirts made from the same colorful cloth used to make the tablecloths are now back in stock at Contessa’s French Linens.

The e-​version of Metropolitan Bakery’s 20 for 20: Twenty Recipes Commemorating 20 Years of Metropolitan Bakery cookbook will be out in late March or early April. In the meantime, you can get a $25 hard copy (including recipes for making their signature cannele, panna cotta and chocolate stout cake) at the stand.

The Cookbook Stall’s snazzy and informative new website, www​.the​cook​book​stall​.com. Stall owner Jill Ross is also tweeting @cookbookstall.

The Market Bakery is now showcasing offerings from three local bakers (LeBus, Four Worlds and Baker Street) and baking muffins and baguettes in-​store (the latter, every half-​hour).

The Mastrads line of French kitchen products, including a silicone steam cooker and a chips maker (for making fat-​free fruit and vegetable chips in the microwave) will be at Amy’s Place by early March.

Beck’s Cajun Cafe’s line of all-​natural Beck’s Kitchen Pantry condiments and spices are now being sold in area Whole Foods as well as at the stand. The traditional New Orleans’ king cakes will also be back for Mardi Gras (March 4).

The Tea Leaf has brought in two new green-​tea-​based lines from Sencha Naturals: Mints made with green tea designed to “fight dragon breath,” and drink mixes with fruit and herb extracts and 300 percent RDA of Vitamin C.

Hats, scarves and tie sets made of colorful kente cloth, popular during this Black History Month, are now at De’Village. The stand also has a new line of unisex sleeveless cotten long coats in small to medium sizes.

The Original Turkey has new cabinets, signs and menu boards and two new menu items: a smaller, more portable version of their hot turkey dinner called the Hot Turkey Lunch Bowl and the Turkey Roaster sandwich, featuring roasted peppers along with stuffing, cheese and gravy.

Bento boxes and curry-​soup combo specials at Tokyo Sushi.

Apple grape, and strawberry pineapple juice blends at Lancaster County Dairy.

All-​Philly-​made gift baskets (including John & Kira’s chocolates, Melrose Diner cookies and Philly Fair Trade Roasters Aztec Hot Chocolate) and Pandora-​compatible City Charms, including a cheesesteak, the Liberty Bell, the LOVE statute and a Reading Railroad car at the Pennsylvania General Store.

Bassetts Ice Cream has three new specialty shakes: Peanut Butter Dream (peanut butter ice cream with crushed peanut butter cups), Chocolate Overload (dark chocolate ice cream and brownie batter) and Oreo Madness (cookies and cream ice cream with crushed Oreos).

Carolyn Wyman is the Market’s news correspondent and operator of the Reading Terminal’s bi-​weekly Taste of Philadelphia Food Tour.

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