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Reading Terminal Brings Back Old Favorites During Forgotten Foods Festival

(Credit: Oyster Stew Credit: Mike DeNardo)

(Credit: Oyster Stew Credit: Mike DeNardo)

By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Reading Terminal Market is offering a taste of once popular staples that have all but disappeared from the Philadelphia dinner plates.

These days, Philadelphia’s go-to food is arguably the cheese steak.

In the 1800s, it was something else altogether, says Reading Terminal Market spokeswoman Sarah Levitsky.

“People ate fried catfish on a waffle. And it was the well-known regional staple of this area. And so people would travel specifically to what is now East Falls and it was lined with restaurants and that’s what they all served,” she explains.

That’s one of the dishes featured at the Market’s “Forgotten Foods” festival Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Visitors can sample foods that used to be all the rage around here, including Pepper Pot Soup, Teaberry Ice Cream and Wilbur Buds chocolates.

Admission is free, but the samples cost between $2 and $5.

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