- Neighborhood: Center City East
- Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-351-0735
- Cuisine: Comfort Food
- Price: $$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Tis the season for hayrides, corn mazes, and picking the perfect pumpkin. But for all of us city slickers for whom South Jersey’s farmland is a major excursion, Reading Terminal is taking care of things.
This Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 until 4:00, the Market is shutting down Filbert Street between 11th and 12th and jamming it full of hay bales, corn stalks, and as much seasonal goodness as possible. For the past 14 years, the Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival has meant games and a pumpkin patch for kids, but this year they’re upping the ante a bit. Sure, there will be savory edibles like barbecued ribs, turkey legs, pot roast sammies, and various pumpkin and butternut squash dishes. And naturally, there will be sweets like candied apples, sweet potato pie, pumpkin cheesecake, and sundaes loaded with fall flavors. But just for you food people for whom nothing is ever quite enough, this year chef Nick Macri will also be roasting a whole Border Springs Farm lamb. And if that’s still not exciting enough, here’s the real game changer: For the first time ever the Harvest Festival will also have a beer garden. Hosted by market vendor Molly Malloy’s, this weekend you’ll be able to wash down your pumpkin fondue with Victory’s Festbier, Hopdevil, and Lager or – why not – a Pumpkin Ale by Starr Hill.
Keep an eye on Reading Terminal’s Twitter feed for further updates: @RdgTerminalMkt
The American Planning Association is not generally one of the groups we keep our eye on over here at Foobooz World HQ. But thankfully, the team over at the Philly mag Property blog do, and they just let everyone know that the APA has picked the Reading Terminal Market as one of the “10 Great Public Spaces In America.”
This, of course, is something we already knew (that Reading Terminal Market is awesome, I mean, not that it’d been picked for a major national award), but now it’s official.
You can check out the full story over at Property. Or, you know, you could just head down there yourself for lunch and see how excellent it is in person.
Today the American Planning Association announces their selections for their annual “10 Great Public Spaces in America” list. As the title suggests, the catalog includes places from all corners of the country that “represent the gold standard” when it comes to having “a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.”
This year, Reading Terminal Market was included in the list.
According to Philly.com's Bob Fernandez, the market's general manager said APA picked the market because of "its history and function in Philadelphia, and the diversity of its food stores and customer base."
Reading Terminal Market is a Top 10 public space [Philly.com]
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