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The Philadelphia Flower Show For Foodies

There are plenty of exciting culinary opportunities at this year's Flower Show including cooking demonstrations from chefs like Square 1682's Guillermo Tellez who produces beautiful dishes like the above Halibut with corn salsa. (Photo Courtesy: Square 1682)

The 2012 Philadelphia International Flower Show begins Sunday, March 4th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year’s theme “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha” is sure to provide plenty of flowery eye-candy, but also has much to offer the foodie – chef demos, an onsite restaurant and the world’s largest wall of lettuce!

Cooking demonstrations with acclaimed local, national and international chefs begin on Sunday with Italian Chef Sarah Fioroni and Louisville chef, Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia fame. Demos will continue throughout the week and will include some familiar faces like Square 1682’s Guillermo Tellez, Fish’s Mike Stollenwerk and Aimee Olexy from Talula’s Garden. Cooking demonstrations will be held three times each day in Culinary Room 204C. The complete schedule can viewed on the Flower Show website.

If attending one of the cooking demos gets your tummy growling, head over to the on-site Hawaiian restaurant to feast on island inspired dishes like Maui Fish Stew, Green Papaya Salad or Kalua Style Pork with Hawaiian Vegetables and Guava Jus. Three-course meals (soup, salad, and dessert) are $18; four-course meals (soup, salad, entrée, and dessert) are $25.

If you happen to work up a thirst, make your way to the PA Wine and Spirits Store for a free wine and liquor tasting, including some specialty products from Hawaii. Tastings are available on Sundays from 1-4PM and Monday through Saturday from 2-7PM.

And certainly not to be missed, the World’s Largest Lettuce Wall stands 40 feet tall, features six varieties of lettuce and sits adjacent to a fragrant wall of herbs – all grown hydroponically. The exhibit also features 30 different varieties of vegetables complete with a trellis covered in tiny Sweet One Million tomatoes.

Proceeds from the Flower Show benefit the year-round work of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and this year will support City Harvest, the innovative program that brings together a network of urban farmers, provides green job training, and grows fresh produce for more than 1,000 families in need each week.

Philadelphia International Flower Show

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center – 12th and Arch Street
When: March 4th – 11th
Cost: Adult ($27), Student ($20), and Child ($15)
More Information: www.theflowershow.com