Though scientists have attempted for decades to distill the season of autumn into an artificial flavor, their efforts have produced only edible abominations such as candy-wrapper cider and dead-leaf pie. Stick to good old-fashioned apples and pumpkins with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one admission to the Junior League of Philadelphia's first annual Taste of Fall fundraiser (up to a $40 value). Taste of Fall takes place at the Suzanne Morgan Center at Ridgeland in Fairmount Park on Sunday, October 3, from 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Taste of Fall treats Philadelphia denizens to a crisp autumn afternoon of cooking demonstrations by local chefs, wine and beer flowing freely for the tasting, and scrumptious samples from more than 15 local restaurant and farm vendors. Nibble on a gyro from Zorba's Taverna, test how many Iced by Betsy cupcakes you can fit in your mouth at once, or amiably haggle over the harvests of local farmers. A kids’ tent will pulsate with activities such as face painting, as well as yoga to appease antsy pre-teens and post-babies. The "Man Cave," meanwhile, will set the scene for budding bromances by broadcasting the Eagles vs. Redskins game. A live performance of classic covers by Back2Life will contribute to the convivial atmosphere. And to add an element of surprise that doesn't involve firing blowdarts into the crowd at random, Taste of Fall will give ticketholders a chance to win a number of spectacular raffle items. You and your family might head home with a hefty gift basket from Saks Fifth Avenue, a cooking class at Viking, or a one-night stay at Rittenhouse Bed & Breakfast with dinner at Baia and a bottle of wine.
Proceeds from Taste of Fall support The Junior League of Philadelphia's Project GREEN, an initiative focused on harnessing the power of nature to positively impact the health of children—mostly by ensuring that they won't spend their adulthoods wandering a ravaged wasteland populated by gangs of marauding mutants.
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