Homegrown food festival and more for NW Philly families this weekend

    Where will you be this Saturday? At the Wyck House in Germantown, we hope!


    In July of this year, Wyck House launched its first in a series of Second Saturday Festivals. Second Saturday Festivals present the best of Wyck’s programming in history, horticulture, urban agriculture, and conservation.  The design of Wyck’s Festival Series is based on a creative model for historic site public programming, museum, educational center and public market to attract the diverse population in Philadelphia and beyond.


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    Join in at this Saturday’s Festival: Homegrown: Food Roots, Culture & Community, where the dialogue begins and never ends. “Food can do more than nourish our bodies. What we eat, and how we eat, can also contribute to our sense of personal identity and satisfy our desire for a sense of place and community. At this Second Saturday Festival, Wyck House will use their own farming and food traditions as a launching pad to explore how and why food matters to us – beyond physical nourishment” (Wyck House).


    The festival will include farmer’s market and food vendors as well as live music, educational workshops, demonstrations, art, and more—along Germantown Avenue in the heart of Germantown.  “We want to attract people who wouldn’t typically be attracted to an historic site, so we’re offering different levels of experience at the festival.  Come in to check out the music you’re hearing on the sidewalk or buy some fresh produce on sale or show the chickens to your grandkids, but stay for a lesson on food preservation or a chat about the development of Southern cuisine with a culinary historian”, expressed Kristen Hager, Development and Communications Manager at Wyck.


    Wyck’s entire site—the house, the collections, the rose garden, and the farm—will open up for the community to explore a particular theme.  Activities will include workshops, talks, demonstrations, special tours, live music, and art, for adults as well as children.  All FREE!


    Some of Saturday’s themes include: rose petal delicacies, food ceramics, and food preservation. Don’t miss a chance to check out the farm and seek out Emma Morrow to learn more about Urban Agriculture and its place in our community. Be sure to come out and enjoy savory and sweets from local vendors, such as Earth’s Elements Foods, Mt. Airy’s Malt House, Gee Chee Girl Rice Café, Baker Street Bread, Earth, Bread & Brewery. There will be music to move to, artists to inspire and authors to share their wisdom and journey with food.


    It’s a Second Saturday Festival you won’t want to miss:

    When: Saturday August 11th from 11-4

    Where: The Wyck House, 6026 Germantown Avenue, Germantown


    Other Philly Family Fun Weekend Options include:

    XPN Kids Corner Concert at the Morris Arboretum on Friday night.  

    Up! screening outside the Lovett Library in Mt. Airy at 8:30pm Friday night.

    Bugfest!  at the Academy of Natural Sciences on Saturday.

    The Treehouse Festival at Tyler Arboretum on Saturday.


    Whatever you do… enjoy it!  


    Northwest Philly Parents is a partnership between Newsworks and Germantown Avenue Parents. 



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