PHILADELPHIA - Through a blend of culinary artistry, local flavors, and diverse cuisine, OVG360 and Brûlée Catering have joined forces with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to incorporate a wide variety of food and beverage options into the Philadelphia Flower Show experience, which will once again return to FDR Park in June 2022. With these elevated and reimagined dining experiences, the Flower Show will bloom bigger and brighter than ever before, offering guests dining options to suit every preference and palate.
This year's Flower Show will offer new guest experiences, including new on-site activities and events, family-friendly spaces, and a new show layout. The dining experience has also been revamped. The Show will feature cuisine from near and far, emphasizing local culinary talent. Guests can also look forward to refreshing floral-inspired cocktails, hometown Philadelphia favorites, dishes fresh off the grill, smoothies, salads, and delectable desserts.
This year, guests will be able to unwind at a Happy Hour with Fine Wine & Good Spirits, grab a bite and listen to some music at the Food Bazaar, share a casual drink and bite to eat at the Boathouse, explore a collection of dozens of notable food vendors, or enjoy an expertly prepared meal while seated in The Lakes restaurant. Please see below for more about these unique dining experiences at the 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show.
As a new offering for 2022, guests can enjoy an elevated, seated experience at a 300-seat pop-up restaurant, The Lakes. This dining location features classic bistro fare from Brûlée Catering's Chef Jean Marie Lacroix, famed within Philadelphia's well-established and renowned culinary scene, creator of his namesake restaurant "Lacroix" in the Rittenhouse Hotel, and recipient of James Beard's lauded "Best Chef" award. Guests can enjoy tableside service with fresh salads, artisanal sandwiches, heirloom tomato, burrata salad, French onion burgers, or a traditional four-course prix-fixe meal.
The Boathouse, an iconic location inside FDR Park, will feature a full-service bar, casual seating, and delicious fast-casual fare, all while soaking in the absolute best views of the Show. Menu highlights include the Goddess Turkey BLT, Tuscan Garden Salad, and Bavarian pretzels with a trio of dips.
The Food Bazaar
The Food Bazaar will offer a picturesque place for visitors to take a break, grab a bite or cold drink, enjoy some shade cover, and enjoy three daily live music performances from various local bands and DJs curated by famed local musicians, SNACKTIME. Musical styles will feature jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, and more -- offering a festival-style, live music experience for everyone! The Food Bazaar will also offer plenty of dining options for foodies, festival diners, families, and those with dietary restrictions, with an eclectic collection of vendors consisting of American, Italian, Asian, and Mediterranean fare and a quarter of vendors catering specifically to vegetarian and vegan tastes.
With vendors that include Philly favorites – like Algorithm, a food truck known for its unique vegan eats, Sang Kee Noodle House's Asian small plates and platters, and Byz Empire, with its Mediterranean and Latin fusion menu – the Food Bazaar will allow guests to taste dishes from various cultures. In addition to the 18 vendors at the Food Bazaar, another 12 delicious and notable food merchants will be scattered throughout the Show.
For those looking to cool off with a refreshing drink, the Food Bazaar will also feature a variety of botanical-inspired cocktails, including the Botanical Lemonade, the official cocktail of the 2022 Flower Show. This delicious drink will feature Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit, Rosé, lemonade, and fresh lemon.
With a wide array of food and beverage offerings from a curated group of local vendors and several exciting live music performances, the Food Bazaar will be a lively and fun respite on the Showgrounds.
Happy Hour hosted by Fine Wine & Good Spirits
From 4-8 p.m. on June 13-17, guests can unwind after a day exploring or experience the beauty of the Flower Show after work at a Happy Hour event hosted by Fine Wine & Good Spirits. These events will feature complimentary alcohol tastings and live music and are free to attend with a general admission Flower Show ticket.
"We wanted to reimagine every aspect of the 2022 Flower Show, including the culinary experience," says Sam Lemheney, Chief of Shows and Events, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. "We partnered with OVG360 and Brûlée Catering because they have a proven track record of skillfully enhancing the holistic guest experience through unique food and beverage offerings. This carefully curated food experience is another great reason to visit the Flower Show."
Brûlée Catering's James Beard Award-winning Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix added: "The Flower Show has always tantalized the human senses. This is a unique opportunity to create different experiences for our friends at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and our guests. From intimate sit-down dining to a diverse Food Bazaar, guests will discover food and beverage options that appeal to various desires."