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Just In Time For Father’s Day, Philadelphia Landmark Brings Back ‘Prison Food Weekend’

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Most cravings call for French fries or ice cream; not a nutritionally-dense “food product” served in American prisons.

But this weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary, guests can satisfy their curiosity — if not their stomachs — during Prison Food Weekend.

Yes, the historic Philadelphia prison-turned-museum is serving up presumably some of the foulest foodstuff possible on both Saturday and Sunday, with a focus on Nutraloaf, a “food product” that’s sometimes doled out as punishment to inmates who’ve misbehaved. Made from ground up bits of meat, beans, dairy, bread and vegetables, Nutraloaf is essentially the scrapple of prison cuisine.

According to Eastern State, Prison Food Weekend attendees can sample ‘loaf made “using the official recipes” from across the country. And while dishing up Nutraloaf to discipline prisoners is controversial, samplers at Eastern State are encouraged to decide for themselves whether or not the nutritionally complete yet undoubtedly disgusting loaf constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

Aside from the food, though, Eastern State has some other interesting things planned for Prison Food Weekend, including plenty of archives and exhibits to check out.

And hey, if you’re still stuck on a place to take dear old Dad for brunch, there’s always prison…

For more information, visit: www.easternstate.org/events

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