Reading Terminal Market plans 125th birthday celebration

'125th birthday promises to be a year to remember'

PHILADELPHIA - The Reading Terminal Market is gearing up for a party that's been 125 years in the making.

Philadelphia's oldest and most-storied public market announced plans Friday for a year-long celebration of its 125th birthday in 2018 with a series of special events and programing centered around the theme of "celebrate our past, experience us today, and imagine our tomorrow."

"This important anniversary allows us the chance to show our city and the world the market is stronger, more vibrant, and continuing to evolve to meet the needs of our customers," said Anuj Gupta, the general manager. "The planned programming will delight long-time fans and introduce new audiences to the enchanting culinary experience that is the Reading Terminal Market."

The festivities will begin on February 22, the market's official birthday. The first event, 1893 Day, will transport visitors back to the day Reading Terminal Market opened its doors.

Diamond Day in June will feature a festive atmosphere and entertainment representing a variety of cultures and ethnicities, as well as food samples, discounts, giveaways, and cooking demonstrations.

In September, A Taste of the Market will offer food samples, entertainment, and live music both inside the market and outside on Filbert Street.

Other events are also in the works, including an entertainment series featuring live performances by artists representing music from each of the past 12 decades.

The Reading Company, once among the most prosperous corporations in the United States, owned the market until 1990, when it was sold to the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.

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