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Eastern State Penitentiary Puts The Spotlight On Prison Food

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Inside the halls of Eastern State Penitentiary. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Inside the halls of Eastern State Penitentiary. (Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

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By Chelsea Karnash

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Most of us don’t dream of trying prison food, but this weekend, you’ll have the option nonetheless.

Philadelphia’s historic Eastern State Penitentiary is hosting “Prison Food Weekend” on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9.

If the title of the event doesn’t get you in the door, perhaps the food will. Guests can sample meals served to prisoners from three periods in Eastern State’s history, including a very, er, enticing entrée called “Indian Mush” from the 1830s and the equally delicious-sounding “Neutraloaf,” a “food product” (yes, that’s in quotes on Eastern State’s website, but I sincerely hope it’s food) that is apparently still issued as punishment in certain prison systems today.

But whether or not you choose to dig into these potentially gag-inducing edibles is up to you. Also on view during the event will be sample menus, prison reports, photographs and firsthand accounts of prison fare throughout Eastern State’s history.

Adventurous eaters can buy tickets at the door, or visit www.easternstate.org for more info.

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