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A Taste of Summer in Philadelphia: Six Gastronomic Musts

Led by the city’s famous cheesesteak, the culinary landscape in Philadelphia is a smorgasbord of enticing choices, from dinner at Rittenhouse Square’s Devon Seafood to seasonal vegetables at the Italian Market. The summer months add even more to the mix in the form of outdoor beer gardens and wine tours.

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1. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop Up Gardens:

The city’s much loved summer gardens are back, combining horticulture, entertainment and craft brewing. The first one opens June 1 on 15th and South streets with a tempting selection of craft beers, cocktails and South Philly cuisine. Consider a visit on Margarita Mondays or Brewsday Tuesdays. Through September 30. Visit Website.

2. Independence After Hours Tour:

It’s a different twist on one of the city’s most popular attractions. The evening kicks off with a three-course meal at historic City Tavern, where you’re served by wait staff in colonial garb (choose a garden-side seat if you can). Then “sneak” your way into Independence Hall, where you’ll run into a few Founding Fathers discussing the creation of the Declaration of Independence. Visit Website.

3. Reading Terminal Market:

The historic market’s summer roster includes Wednesday and Saturday tours led by a food writer. Besides its famous Philly cheesesteaks, Pennsylvania Dutch fare and so many other cuisines, this summer the market will also welcome Condiment, which offers fresh, customizable dressings, salsas, ketchups and other saucy choices.  

4. Brandywine Valley Wine Trail:

There’s no time like summer to sample some of the state’s award-winning wines. Kick off a wine tour with a Black Walnut Winery sauvignon blanc, continue with a Kreutz Creek Vineyards chardonnay and let your nose and palate enjoy the rich flavors brought about by the region’s fertile soil. Visit Website.

5. Beer Gardens & Summer Noshes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Summer means alfresco evening soirees are de rigueur. Chef Michael Schulson puts on an artful performance with a chef’s demo and summer beer pairings. July 20. Visit Website.

6. Peddler’s Village Peach Festival:

Buck County’s Peddler’s Village pays homage to a seasonal favorite with an annual sidewalk sale and a weekend festival. On the menu: live entertainment, children’s games and peach-themed goodness. August 13-14. Visit Website.