July 2, 2012 |
On a scorcher of a day, the hardest thing at the Taste of Philadelphia food festival was to keep the ice in ice cream. A team of 400 volunteers executed a precision plan that mapped out the move of chocolate and vanilla from refrigerated truck to standing dry-ice freezer to table to cup to outstretched hand. Yasu Nagi, of Center City, downed 15 scoops in an hour. "It's hot, but that's great for eating ice cream," said Nagi, 31. Nagi, who is originally from Japan, was among the crowds of people who came out to Penn's Landing on Saturday to sample the sweet and the savory at the annual Taste of Philadelphia food festival, part of the 10-day Wawa Welcome America!
July 1, 2012
Crowds came to sample the sweet and savory at the Taste of Philadelphia food festival Saturday, but it was the ice cream that seemed to rule the day. Under a relentless sun, the cool smudge of freshly scooped ice cream soothed the hot and sweaty who came to celebrate the Wawa Welcome America festival. The Taste of Philadelphia is one of many events in the 10-day freedom fest which includes fireworks, music, food, history, and plenty of red, white and blue. "It's a nice day. It's hot and you can't beat $7 dollars for all-you- can-eat ice cream," said Mia Allen, 30, of Northeast Philadelphia.
February 16, 2012
Bridgeton, N.J., is poised for its second annual one-day/one-film food festival, April 21, with a screening of Like Water for Chocolate , director Alfonso Arau's 1992 film based on the novel by Laura Esquivel. Eventgoers will be treated to a beer/wine tasting with appetizers before the film, and a full-course dinner and dessert after it, with a meal inspired by the foods in the movie story line and produced by local restaurateur-experts in Mexican cuisines. Traditional Mexican music and a cooking demonstration round out the evening at the Ashley McCormick Center, a former furniture emporium on East Commerce Street.
August 14, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The Williamsburg section of Brooklyn has long been known as a working-class neighborhood with a gritty industrial waterfront and an ethnically diverse population ranging from Hispanic to Hasidic. Today the neighborhood's demographics include a third group that begins with H, for hipster , and along with those trendy twentysomethings wearing porkpie hats and Chuck Taylor sneakers has come a slew of unique diversions that are starting to attract tourists. But the attractions are not merely cute cafes and art galleries.
August 2, 2011 |
It was the quintessential Philadelphia neighborhood story. Even more delicious than the flavorful meatballs handmade by Gabe Marabella or the chicken and mango salsa served up by Lisa Wilson was the friendship that developed between the two small-business owners, who on paper were supposed to be adversaries. The story began during a Welcome America event at Penn's Landing last month. Marabella, the legendary meatball maker, found himself operating a vending stand right next to Wilson, owner of the Jamaican Jerk Hut. You know the Marabella name.
June 10, 2011 |
A food festival in University City Thursday night turned into a wet T-shirt contest and light show when an intense thunderstorm and lightning hovered over the city at about 8 p.m. Still, some of Philadelphia's hard-core foodies stuck it out and splashed their way across a parking lot on 39th and Market to try dishes and sweets from vendors participating in the Philadelphia Night Market. The event is organized by The Food Trust, a non-profit that works to ensure that all of Philadelphia's communities have access to healthy and affordable foods.
September 5, 2010
10 for the Road 1. Great Lakes International Film Festival. Erie, Pa. Sept. 24-25. Billed as "one of the top 100 most popular film festivals in the world," it showcases local and international films. 814-873-5069; www.greatlakesfilmfest.com . 2. Common Ground Country Fair. Unity, Maine. Sept. 24-26. Learn about sustainable living, make connections with organic farmers, eat Maine-grown organic food, and buy crafts and agricultural products. 207-568-4142; www.mofga.
July 9, 2008 |
Dave Barnes is living the dream. Well, maybe not at this particular moment. Thanks to a bout with food poisoning, the singer-songwriter is a day behind schedule, taking a commercial flight from his home in Nashville to play at the annual Taste of Chicago jamboree. Not a great idea to entertain at a food festival when you've got a queasy stomach. But Barnes is thrilled to be opening for Bonnie Raitt, one of his musical idols and primary influences. Finally this summer, after years of performing in any student center or small club that would have him, his music is being heard everywhere.
September 20, 2007
Monday, Sept. 24 Cancer prevention and survival cooking course , with subsequent classes taking place every other Monday through Nov. 5. Registration is free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Health and Wellness Center, 847 Easton Rd., Warrington. To register for the four-class series, call 215-345-2121. Hands-on Vietnamese cooking class , featuring a menu that includes fresh summer rolls with classic dipping sauce and Pho. $70. 6:30 p.m. at Madsen Design Center, 2901 Springfield Rd., Broomall.
June 22, 2007 |
A Guinness world record attempt, concerts, a strongman competition, parades and a food festival will be part of this year's Sunoco Welcome America Fourth of July celebration, city officials announced yesterday. The festival, which will run from June 28 to July 4, will include the traditional fireworks, Opera on the Square, parades and concerts as well as several new additions. "We're going to try to bring the Guinness world record for the largest salsa dance to America," said Barbara Grant, media consultant for Welcome America.