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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.

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 garden on 15th and South streets offers a tempting selection of craft beers, cocktails and cuisine. The 36th St. and Filbert location features much of the same, with live music, games and wine. Through September 28

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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.

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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, you’ll also want to experience Tasting Thursdays, where merchants share their wares with free samples and tastings.  

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4. Penns Woods Winery Tours

There’s no time like summer to sample some of the state’s award winning wines. Kick off a wine tour with a crisp Traminette, continue with a White Merlot and let your nose and palate enjoy the rich flavors brought about by the region’s fertile soil.  

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5. Summer Entertaining Interactive Chef Demonstration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Learn from the best and learn how to create a sophisticated and succulent summer picnic spread. Enjoy snacks and cocktails, along with a special gift for attendees. June 21.  

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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-flavored treats. August 12-13.  

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