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Pennsylvania Dutch Fest Underway At Reading Terminal Market

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(One merchant makes sausage-and-pepper sandwiches, left, while another makes hand-churned ice cream at the Reading Terminal Market.  Credit: John McDevitt)

(One merchant makes sausage-and-pepper sandwiches, left, while another makes hand-churned ice cream at the Reading Terminal Market. Credit: John McDevitt)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A three-day festival celebrating the traditions, foods, and crafts of the Pennsylvania Dutch is underway through Saturday at the Reading Terminal Market.

Everything from potholders to pot roast is being sold at the festival by the Amish merchants in the “center court” seating area of the Reading Terminal Market, in center city.

Sam Rihl, of  L. Halteman Country Foods (at far left in photo), was at the grill and serving up pork sausage sandwiches for $4.50.

“This is a fresh country sausage — we actually make it right here in the market,” he told KYW Newsradio.  “We stuff it and we grind everything up, and our own seasoning.  We add our own spices, fried onions, fried peppers, and we put our own sauce on top, too.  It’s like a sweet-and-sour barbecue.”

Ellen (no last name given) of Old City had a big smile on her face as she enjoyed freshly made doughnuts served warm.

“Oh my god, heaven on earth in a glazed doughnut,” she said with a laugh.

On Saturday, a country fair will be created outside on Arch Street, featuring live music, farm animals, and horse-drawn buggy and wagon rides.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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