This Weekend: Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival


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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