By Melissa O'Brien
If you thought the Philadelphia Flower Show was only for gardeners, this is the year for everyone to check it out! With dozens of food and beverage options including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian, as well as more than 125 Marketplace vendors from around the world -- there is truly something for everyone at this year’s Show!
This year, we bring together even more vendors with sustainable practices, a focus on the environment and environmental justice, plus more women- and minority-owned businesses. Keep reading for a preview of everything you should eat, drink, and shop for at this year's Show.
Named Philadelphia Magazine’s Best Food Truck 2021, Algorithm Restaurants will be serving a 100% vegan fast-casual menu at the Flower Show. Swing by their truck to try the Vietnamese Iced Coffee, made with beans roasted by Philly-based Càphê Roasters and married with sweetened condensed coconut milk. They’ll also be serving delicious breakfast sandwiches, cheesesteaks, Nashville Hits, Garden Dogs, tacos, fries, and more to keep you full all day long at the Show.
“We are grateful to serve the community and do so bypassing the unnecessary use of non-human animals in the process,” General Manager Matthew Rafferty. “We have a few surprises up our sleeves for everyone, so stay tuned!”
The Fabulous Fig is a small, women-owned business selling 100% vegan food. “We care about where your food comes from, and we prepare food that encourages compassion and quality of life for all living things,” says Owner/Chef Terri Sacchetti.
Stop by The Fabulous Fig food truck for vegan comfort food that will satisfy your cravings at the Flower Show. Try their signature dish, the Spring Noodle Bowl, which is both vegan and gluten-free. The Tofu Banh Mi sandwich is another highlight that is not to be missed!
Philly-based company and certified B-Corporation Simply Good Jars will be making the Flower Show healthier and more sustainable -- one jar at a time -- again this year. Simply Good Jars offers delicious salads and fresh fruit to fuel you during the Show. For every purchase, they will be giving away free garden seeds for you to plant in reusable souvenir jars.
"Our jars are actually conduits to enable our customers to do good in their local community and help us divert our jars from landfills and oceans,” says CEO and Founder Jared Cannon. "For every pledge to reuse or recycle our jars after enjoying, we donate one meal's equivalent to local food charities.”
Dump-N-Roll is a Philly-based food truck on a mission to create the first sustainable, philanthropic-focused restaurant aimed at providing a unique culinary journey. Utilizing inspiration and spices from around the world to create one-of-a-kind dumplings, spring rolls, and egg rolls, Dump-N-Roll provides an award-winning experience like no other.
Don't miss the Tempura (Turkey) Bacon Cheeseburger Wontons with Honey Bourbon BBQ or the mind-blowing Ooey Gooey Mac Egg Rolls. Dump-N-Roll will offer vegan and gluten-free food options at the Flower Show.
Returning to the Flower Show for its 4th year, Piggyback Treats Company will be selling sustainable dog and cat treats made from usable, human-grade foods that would go to waste otherwise. Founded by a professional chef/dog mom, Piggyback Treats Company is on a mission to tackle food waste within small businesses and small farming. All the packaging is backyard compostable and marine-degradable -- even the labeling!
“We hope you'll stop by to visit us at the flower show this year!” says Jennifer Kirby, Chef & Founder of Piggyback Treats Company. “We have some great limited-edition items that'll be making their way onto our tables, like the Full Side of Salmon and Piggy Skin Rolls, along with some of our classic favorites like Bier Bone Boxes.”
Visit Polycarp Flowers to buy fresh bouquets, dried floral hair accessories, DIY dried floral art kits, and gift boxes with dried florals and botanical products. PHS card-carrying Members even get a discount! “We are a group of creative, fun-loving, and adventurous individuals who share a passion for traveling, good stories, and the art of floral design,” says Operations Manager Soraya Ahmad.
Polycarp Flowers is also exhibiting at the Show and will be selling mini dried arrangements inspired by their installation, titled “What’s on Your Mind.” Their gift boxes are a great new item that combines several best-selling pieces in one purchase.
The City Planter booth will be bursting with plants this year! Whether you are a plant newbie or a plant nerd, this local plant store is stocked with all your indoor houseplant needs, including miniature plants and bonsai from Meehans Miniatures, decorative succulent and cacti arrangements, hanging baskets, and a wide variety of tropical houseplants. You will also find Plant Mounts (plants such as staghorn ferns, mounted onto distressed wooden boards, so they can be hung on the wall) and Kokedama (a unique style of planting where the root ball is wrapped in moss and string, so the plant can be displayed without a pot) that are all made in house by the City Planter staff.
"We believe that the benefits and beauty of plants should belong to everyone,” says Susan White, who co-owns City Planter with her husband, Peter Smith. “Every year, we are so inspired by what we see and by the amazing people that make the Flower Show such a success. It is truly filled with everything that we love about plants and gardening-beauty, creativity, knowledge, nourishment, and lots of hard work.”
GOLD+WATER CO.® will be selling a wide variety of hand-crafted soap and bath and body products, including some fragrances and soap designs that are exclusive to the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. Based online, this boutique soapery periodically pops up at various marketing and events throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. Don’t miss this opportunity to shop for (and smell!) these luxury products in person.
“An important part of the mission of the company is promoting and advocating wellness,” says Chartel Findlater, founder of GOLD+WATER CO. “We do that by supporting or partnering with groups and organizations that are already providing services or education in areas such as anti-abuse training, anti-bullying programming, and hygiene awareness.”