Penn's Landing will cook this holiday season with Waterfront Winterfest, an entertainment venue built around Blue Cross RiverRink on its 20th anniversary.
Public opening is Black Friday (Nov. 29).
Winterfest will have a craft market, a light show by Ricardo Rivera of Klip Collective, and cool winter landscaping by David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group.
Then there's the Lodge, for which chef George Sabatino has designed a cold-weather menu. (Sabatino, with Four Corners Management, did a summer thing as chef at Morgan's Pier, just up the riverfront.)
The Lodge structure is billed as the largest public plaza ever created made exclusively from recycled shipping containers. It will be covered, heated and equipped with tables to seat 500 people.
Sabatino has come up with smoked turkey legs, sweet potato and kale pocket pies, mashed potato fritters, fudge, chocolate-covered popcorn, caramel apples, and caramelized pumpkin doughnuts.
In addition to local, seasonal craft beers on tap, drinks will include warm mulled apple cider, spiked chai tea, and hot cocoa; all will be available nonalcoholic.
Concessions will also be available at several points throughout the Winterfest grounds. The Winter Garden area will feature a grab-and-go sandwiches provided by Scott Schroeder of American Sardine Bar, and multiple food carts featuring cookies from Cookie Confidential, hot dogs, breakfast sausage patties and roasted peanuts.
Winterfest's hours will be 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. The hot food from The Lodge will be served 5 to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Winterfest will be open through Jan. 5, while the RiverRink and the Lodge will also be open Jan. 6 through March 2 with different hours.