The Philadelphia History Museum To Host A “Conversations On Cool” Talk And Tasting July 20, Featuring Bassett’s Ice Cream, Franklin Fountain, John’s Water Ice And More

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
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