The 20th Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival kicked off this morning at 8 a.m. at Reading Terminal Market and we cannot stress enough how important it is to stop by and eat a freshly made donut. Or a dozen. And a chicken pot-pie. And an apple dumpling. And pretty much any other Amish-made deliciousness you can get your hands on. The festival runs through Saturday, August 8 with plenty of other activities to participate in.
From the Reading Terminal Market site:
20th Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival
August 6th, 7th and 8th
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate the traditions, foods and crafts of the Pennsylvania Dutch at the 20th annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at Reading Terminal Market. The three-day festival will take place in the Market’s Center Court seating area on August 6th, 7th and 8th from 8 am to 5 pm and will feature handmade crafts including quilts, woodcrafts, paintings, hand braided rugs, wooden toys, and cedar chests. Traditional foods including chicken pot-pie, donuts, ice cream, pies and canned fruits and vegetables will be available.
On Saturday, August 8th, the festival also moves outdoors to create an urban farm. The 1100 block of Arch Street will be closed to traffic and a petting zoo with sheep, goats, chickens, donkeys, calves, horses and pigs will fill the street. Amish buggy rides and horse drawn wagon rides around the Market, as well as country and bluegrass bands, round out the entertainment.