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Prison Food Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary

Image Courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary

Image Courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary

 

One of the most popular events on the Eastern State Penitentiary Calendar is their Prison Food Weekend, scheduled June 6 and June 7, 2015. Featuring Nutraloaf from around the United States, it’s either a foodie delight or a challenge worthy of Andrew Zimmerman. (I’m kind of surprised he hasn’t shown up yet.)

The 2015 menu focuses specifically on Nutraloaf, the “food product” issued as punishment in many American prisons. Courts have generally upheld the rights of prisons to punish inmates with these diets, but the practice remains controversial. I’m not sure about the source of these recipes, but they have been attributed to Illinois, Washington State and Maryland.

The list of ingredients doesn’t look too bad, but it’s the preparation that renders them unappetizing. The process is designed to produce a meal that is healthful but repugnant. It’s also eaten by the prisoners three times a day for as long as the punishment lasts, which adds to the ordeal. No matter how much you might love a particular dish, it will get tiresome with repetition. And Nutraloaf is not a beloved favorite recipe.

Visitors to the Eastern State Penitentiary can sample Nutraloaf created using the official recipes from five U.S. states. They can then record their thoughts on a tasting card and decide for themselves whether serving Nutraloaf is a form of cruel and unusual punishment.

Prison Food Weekend activities are available from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm each day, included with admission. Tickets are available online or at the door, subject to availability.

 

Prison Food Weekend: Nutraloaf from around the U.S.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 – 11:00 am – Sunday, June 7, 2015 – 4:30 pm

Standard Admission


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Harry Potter Festival in Philadelphia, PA

The Harry Potter Festival transforms Chestnut Hill into a magical world on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Business Association)

The Harry Potter Festival transforms Chestnut Hill into a magical world on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Business Association)

Mid Atlantic Harry Potter fans don’t need to travel to Orlando, Florida or England to get their Harry Potter fix. On October 17-18, the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA will play host to a weekend’s worth of spellbinding events at the Harry Potter Festival , where there will be wizardry and wonder in the air.

Enjoy an enchanting weekend of wizards, potions, spells, scavenger hunts, falconry, wizard chess, parades and more.

The popular event features familiar characters from the world of Harry Potter, special activities for fans of all ages, live entertainment, food and more. Hunt for Horcruxes, watch local colleges face-off at a Quidditch tournament and more during the magical weekend celebration.

The 4th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament is one of the highlights of the annual Harry Potter Festival Weekend in Chestnut Hill. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill College)

The 4th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament is one of the highlights of the annual Harry Potter Festival Weekend in Chestnut Hill. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill College)

Beyond flavors from the world of Harry Potter, Chestnut Hill neighborhood businesses and shops on and around Germantown Avenue also transform into familiar locales from Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade like Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop, Weasley’s Wizarding Wheeezes and many more.

On Friday, the weekend begins with the official Harry Potter Conference with presentations that are free and open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m.

After the literary events, starting at 7 p.m., pop in and out of pubs on a Chestnut Hill Pub Crawl.

Tickets for the pub crawl go on sale Wednesday, October 1; scoop up passes quickly since the crawl has sold out in past years.

Harry Potter Festival Schedule

Friday, October 17

Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College

The Pub Crawl begins at 7:00 p.m. and is a ticketed event. Tickets go on sale October 1st.

The Bales of Cornwall Hay Maze at Woodmere Art Museum

Film Showing: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone at Teenagers. Inc. Center

Saturday, October 18

Harry Potter Festival & Quidditch Tournament

The Quidditch Tournament begins at 10 a.m. at Chestnut Hill College

9:45 a.m.-Opening Ceremony: Chestnut Hill West Septa Station with The Hogwarts Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•The “Hunt for the Horcrux” activity

•The Bales of Cornwall Hay Maze at Woodmere Art Museum
Scarecrow Walk at Morris Arboretum

•Complimentary Knight Bus Trolley transports Wizards and Muggles all over town

•Defense Against the Dark Arts classes

•Sorting Hat Demonstration

•Hedwig’s Hollow Selfie Park at Buckley Park

plus
•fortune tellers
•face painters
•magicians
•caricatures
•games and activities
•specialty food, drink and retail promotions
•Musicians, *Photo Booth*

Be sure to check out Harry Potters Guide to Philadelphia