According to information from “2009 Travel and Tourism Research Handbook,” a lot of Americans made culinary activities a part of their travels.
And one of these places now is Philadelphia. It’s not about cheesesteaks and pretzels, the city has much more – beautiful local food scene and identifying foods that are healthy, delicious from farmer’s markets, boutique breweries and distillers and food tours.
Philly Homegrown (www.visitphilly.com/food) is a consumer-education and tourism-marketing program ($450,000) created by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), along with the William Penn Foundation, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the local food community. It started City Food Tours, that traipse all around town, from Northern Liberties to the Reading Terminal.
It’s a two-hour test that includes stops for seasonal goodies at Reading Terminal’s Fair Food Farmstand, local cheeses at Salumeria and at Tweed with local farm goods to the table.
Philadelphia offers a perfect Chocolate Tour by Valerie Beck, who expanded her Chicago business to include a Philly tour last year.
“The local food movement has been growing in the Philadelphia region for some time now, and we’re happy to tell this story to residents and potential visitors,” said professionals. “We hope visitors and residents alike will realize how accessible the local bounty is.”
The company’s latest stroll, the Philly Homegrown Tour, organized in conjunction with GPTMC, will be offered Dec. 11 and 18.