The 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show, March 4-11, has infused the city with the spirit of Hawaii.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the organization behind the annual iconic event, the entire world’s largest indoor flower show, has even been able to summon those spring-like temps we’ve been privy to lately to complete the Philly-as-tropical-paradise disguise.
Ok, that’s not true. But what is true is that restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and more have gotten on the Flower Show bandwagon with special sips, dishes and more being offered during the event.
Check out our guide to maximize the Flower Power in Philadelphia:
• Liquid Luau: A Sip of Hawaii: To celebrate the theme of the 2012 Flower Show, some of Philadelphia’s best bars and restaurants have created specialty Hawaiian cocktails, and will be serving them now through March 11. To add to the fun, you can vote for your favorite drink. The winner will be announced after March 12. Check them out right here.
• Ms. Goody Cupcake: This East Passyunk cupcake shop is whipping up Flower Show-inspired treats like a deliciously tart cherry-topped Pina Colada cupcake. Yum.
• Granite Hill Floral-inspired Chef’s Table: A special Floral-inspired Chef’s Table will be offered at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Granite Hill on Flower Show Monday, March 5, paying homage to van Gogh’s favored “close-up” subject of flowers. Ingredients such as edible pansies, lavender, cherry blossoms and dandelion greens will take diners on a journey back to van Gogh classics including “Still Life with Pears” and “Undergrowth”, both featured in the Van Gogh Up Close exhibition currently on display.
• National Liberty Museum’s “Liberty In Bloom”: From March through April 29, will be resplendent with a rainbow of dazzling colors thanks to the museum’s “Liberty In Bloom” glass flower show. The exhibition will feature more than 50 brilliant sculptures and an array of dazzling jewelry by more than 24 leading artists.
• Spirit of Philadelphia lunchtime cruises: On March 4, 8, 10 and 11, you’ll get a special Hawaiian-style pork loin and floral lei aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia, not to mention a refreshing breeze off the Delaware River.
• McGillin’s Olde Ale House: Every year, Philadelphia’s oldest tavern creates an entire menu around the Flower Show theme, including cocktails. This year, they’re serving the “Ma McGillin’s Hawaii Kai Fizzle,” made of pineapple, limem orange and apricot juices with light and dark rums; and Kona Brewing’s Koko Brown and Ithaca’s Flower Power beers, to name a few.
• Davio’s Specialty Dessert: Throughout March, Davio’s is offering a twist on a delicious coconut panna cotta dessert in honor of the Flower Show. A twist on a classic Italian dessert, the “Maui,” $10, has been created by Davio’s Philadelphia’s Pastry Chef Thomas Heck
• Absolute Abstract: In conjunction with the Flower Show, Absolute Abstract in Midtown Village is now turning any Art Block into a unique one-of-a-kind bud vase. For just $5 more than a regularly-priced Art Block ($39 each), any Art Block can now be customized to hold up to three bud vases. Upon completion, the Art Blocks can hang on a wall or sit on a mantle, bringing a dash of color and life in an unexpected way. So fun!
• Hudson Beach Glass Flower-Making: Want to make your own glass flower in honor the Fower Show? Hudson Beach Glass is holding special workshops Saturday and Sunday March 3-5 and March 10-11, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. You can choose from a wide range of colors and they’ll supply you with a kevlar glove and sleeve plus giant tweezers to pull glass that has the consistency of honey into the shape of a flower. Also check out the studio exhibiting their work on site at the Flower Show.
• Liberté at the Sofitel: Liberté will feature a special selection of Hawaiian-themed and hand-crafted cocktails designed by Master Mixologist Marc Yanga. A unique selection of floral-scented beers will also be available, allowing guests to try something new and awake their senses through floral tasting notes.
• The Twisted Tail: Head to Headhouse for a cocktail list featuring edible orchids, hibiscus flowers and more.
• O’Doodle’s Toy Store: This Germantown Avenue toy shop is hosting a Hula Hoop Contest and free Hawaiian punch in honor of the Flower Show, on Saturday and Sunday March 10-11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets
When: March 4-11
Cost: Adults $27, Students $20, Children $15
More info: www.theflowershow.com