Food and Markets
The Philadelphia Culinary Tradition was shaped by several ethnic groups. Cheesesteaks and soft pretzels are well known icons of this city and the 1970s saw a restaurant renaissance that is continuing into the 21st century. Food traditions include Pepper Pot, a soup of tripe, meat and vegetables from the Revolutionary War era and Snapper Soup a thick brown turtle soup served with sherry. Cheesesteaks, hoagies and roast pork sandwiches have helped Philadelphia become
America’s Best Sandwich City
The Classic Hoagie is made built-to-order on a long Italian roll and is typically filled with deli meats and cheeses and finished with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, a sprinkle of oregano and a drizzle of oil and vinegar. Sometimes, they are stuffed with tuna, chicken cutlets and roasted vegetables or topped with punches of flavor like fried long-hots, sautéed greens and artichokes. The best hoagies are made with fresh bread and the best quality provolone, prosciutto, soppressata and roasted peppers.
Markets towards the end of the 19th century, the large number of Italian immigrants in South Philly led to the creation of the Italian Market on 9th Street with numerous types of food vendors as well as other shops. The Reading Terminal Market, located closer to Center City, is popular with visitors.
Wine and Vineyards
Pennsylvania is one of the top grape-growing states and in the top 10 for wine production. Some vineyards are at the highest elevation east of the Rocky Mountains, while others are in the river valleys of the southeast corner of the state; one of the top grape-growing states and in the top 10 for wine production, including:
Whites - Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Vidal Blanc
Reds - Cabernet Sauvingon, Pinot Noir and Chambourcin.
The Wine Country stretches from Philadelphia to the north, west and southwest with scenery filled with rich, lush farmland and river valleys. Three wine trails are located here:
Montgomery County - three wineries;
Bucks County - nine wineries;
Southeastern Pennsylvania - eight wineries within a 50-mile radius between the Brandywine Valley and the Amish countryside.
Delaware Wine the local climate benefits from the moderating effects of Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Inland, the state becomes quite rural and agricultural, particularly in the south. Grape-growing and wine production consists of three wineries, with adjacent vineyards growing Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Craft Beer Trails
The American Revolution also took place in Philadelphia’s taverns and, through most of the 19th and part of the 20th century, this city was home to over 90 breweries; hence the appellation Cradle of American Libation. The craft beer boom began in the 1980s and helped it regain its reputation as one of the preeminent beer cities in the country and around the world.
Major Craft Breweries include Victory, Sly Fox and Yards, which produce and distribute some of Philadelphia’s most well-known and widely accessible craft beers. Mainstay brewpubs like Dock Street and Manayunk Brewing have been around for years and in recent years have been joined by micro- breweries and brewpubs like Tired Hands, Forest & Main and Round Guys.
Brandywine Valley Craft Breweries have gained significant popularity in recent years, due to a receptive craft-brewing culture. Also, water from the Brandywine Valley is chlorine and fluoride free, and abundant with minerals that leave the beer with a refreshing taste. Following the Colonial tradition, the beer is un-pasteurized and unfiltered with four ingredients: water, whole flour hops, grains, and cultured brewer yeast. It is also canned sustainably with recyclable aluminum.
The Brandywine Valley is Home to Several Craft Breweries
The Wines of Delaware the local climate benefits from the moderating effects of Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Inland, the state becomes quite rural and agricultural, particularly in the south. Grape-growing and wine production consists of three wineries, with adjacent vineyards growing Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Walking Running and Bike Trails
Greater Philadelphia’s Circuit Trails are a vast regional network of hundreds of miles of multi-use trails. The Circuit connects local communities and provides recreational and commuting opportunities.