When I think about Philly and food, I think about soft pretzels, cheesesteaks, scrapple, DiNics, the Italian Market. I don’t typically think farm, but that all changed at the Philly Farm & Food Fest.
After taking my children on their very first train ride, a la Septa, we arrived in the city just a few blocks from the Philadelphia Convention Center. It was a beautiful walk and an opportunity to experience all things city. Then we entered the convention center, and it was more 4H and county fair than anything I’ve ever experienced in Philadelphia! I loved it!
We had an opportunity to taste our way through the numerous vendors at the show – bacon jam (my personal favorite), bourbon bacon popcorn (my husband’s favorite), soups, cookies, fresh mozzarella, stone ground corn & wheat, ice cream, ice pops, and the list goes on and on. All of the foods were grown or produced in and around the Philadelphia region. There were CSAs and community farmers’ markets promoting the upcoming growing season. You could even shop for plants to grow your own garden, in addition to the tasty treats through out the Philly Farm & Food Fest.
And in case you think this is an adults only food show, there was plenty for the children to do as well! Whole Foods had set up a miniature grocery store for the children to “shop” in. The many purveyors also took the time to answer my children’s many questions about how things grow, what’s in that, and how’d you make that.
The highlight for David & Emily was the screening of Watermelon Magic, and meeting the star, Sylvie, while doing watermelon themed crafts. We had a chance to talk to the film maker, and meet his daughter Sylvie who is the star of the movie, which explains the science concept of plant growth, and celebrates the benefits of growing your own food in a way that is appropriate for elementary students of all ages (David is in Kindergarten and Emily is in pre-school and it was appropriate for them, as well as much older children, like Steve & I). If you want to see Watermelon Magic, check out the Liberty Science Center or the Franklin Institute.
Disclosure: I attended the Philly Farm & Food Fest on a media pass. All opinions about his event are my own.