The museum's collection of historical food ads includes this 1920s pamphlet from Supplee-Wills-Jones Milk Co. (Image courtesy Philadelphia History Museum)
Philadelphia has a long running love affair with cool summer treats. The city’s history and love of summer refreshments like ice cream, root beer floats and water ice date back over a century.
To that end, on Wednesday, July 20, from 6–8 p.m., the Philadelphia History Museum will be hosting “Conversations on Cool: The Delicious History of Warm Weather Treats.”
The Food Network’s Marc Summers will host this informative and tasty event featuring panelists from Philly’s chill-inspired industry including the 5th Generation owner of Bassett’s Ice Cream, the 3rd Generation owner of John’s Water Ice and The Franklin Fountain’s founding brothers.
Tastes of the Philly-favorite products will be available, including ice cream from the 150 year old Bassett’s, turn of the century inspired Franklin Fountain, and water ice from John’s which has been a Philadelphia favorite since 1945 and which President Obama recently visited.
There will also be Root Beer Floats, which can be made either with or without Philadelphia’s own ROOT liqueur, a certified organic liqeuer distilled from U.S.- grown, organic sugar cane meant to replicate the original Root Beer flavors introduced to the city at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition.
Tickets to this deliciously informative event are $10 for non-members and are available online.
Conversations on Cool: The Delicious History of Warm Weather Treats
When: Wednesday, July 20, 6–8 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th Street
Cost: $10 for non-members, free for members
More Info: www.philadelphiahistory.org