A Taste of 1876: Food and Drink at the Centennial Exposition

Thursday, January 12, 2023 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Historic Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’s) Church 916 Swanson Church
Philadelphia, PA
United States
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13, 2022 –Steven Nepa, author, university lecturer and frequent guest on History Making Productions' videos, will discuss Philadelphia's 1876 world's fair foods, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023  at Historic Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’s) Church, 916 Swanson Street, Philadelphia. 
Gloria Dei Church, the oldest in Pennsylvania, is on Christian Street between Front and Water Street.
The topic: “A Taste of 1876: Food and Drink at the Centennial Exposition.”
Attendees will find out which foods were hot … and which were not … at America’s first official World’s Fair held right here in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park in 1876.
Some 160,000 people passed through the turnstiles on the fair’s opening day, May 10, making it the then-largest peacetime gathering in the nation’s history.
Admission is $10, which includes a drink ticket for a beverage of your choice (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Advance registration is required at  www.preserveoldswedes.org/centennial.

This program will take place inside the church sanctuary and a reception will follow in nearby Riverside Hall. For a modest donation, you can taste delicious gourmet desserts paired with wine, coffee or tea. 

New product and old favorites: 
You’ll learn what new foods were introduced at this extraordinary fair held in Philadelphia, what people liked, what they didn’t, and which of those foods are still favorites today.
If you like food, says Amy Grant, chair of the Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation, you’ll love this very special program.

Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation hosts this event. All funds raised will go toward the preservation of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church and its graveyard.   

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