Pennsylvania Dutch Festival: Farm animal petting zoo, homemade treats and more

On Saturday, the festival fun will be taken outside onto Arch Street with a farm animal petting zoo and other kid-friendly activities. (Photo courtesy of Reading Terminal Market)

The Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, has always been synonymous with farm-fresh foods and a diverse collection of restaurants that offer both local and exotic fare, but this week, Thursday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the market will be bringing more of the country into the city with its 25th Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival. This three-day festival celebrates the culture of the Pennsylvania Dutch with homemade foods, handcrafted goods, and other Amish specialties.

Thursday and Friday, all the festivities will take place in the market’s Center Court seating area. Come check out the handmade crafts like quilts and woodcrafts, as well as homemade treats like ice cream made in an old-fashioned churn-style ice cream maker, apple dumplings and, of course, funnel cake. The list of vendors will include Miller’s Twist, Sweet as Fudge Candy Shoppe, Beiler’s Donuts, Dutch Eating Place and Hatville Deli.

On Saturday, the fun will be taken outside with a little country fair right outside the market on Arch Street. Your kids can enjoy the farm animal petting zoo, and Amish buggy rides and horse drawn wagon rides around the market, while you can relax and enjoy the live bluegrass music. Get a taste of country living without leaving the city.