Latkepalooza Returns to the Gershman Y for Its 15th Year
This Hanukkah celebration is Sunday, with latkes from top Philly restaurants and family-friendly entertainment.
The Gershman Y’s potato pancake Hanukkah extravaganza returns for its 15th year Sunday, December 10, from 2 — 4 pm. The event features latkes from some of Philadelphia’s top restaurants — as well as kids’ entertainment and hands-on activities — in a family-friendly culinary adventure.
Every year, restaurants around Philadelphia come to Latkepalooza with their own unique take on the latke — some throwing in unexpected flavors to reflect their respective restaurants, others adding a surprise garnish. This year’s participating restaurants are Estia, Sabrina’s Cafe, Tria Taproom, Mission Taqueria, Jones, Kanella, Whetstone Tavern, and Aldine. Federal Donuts will also be there, frying up some delicious sufginayot (jelly doughnuts) for a traditional dessert.
Your ticket gets you a latke from each restaurant. Kids ages 2 — 12 receive a half sampling, and younger kids get three latkes for free.
Once you and your family have eaten more latkes than you ever thought possible, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. DJ Patty-Pat will be there providing musical entertainment that both kids and grownups will enjoy. Don’t be surprised if a toddler dance party breaks out in the middle of the auditorium, because we can pretty much guarantee that is exactly how all Latkepaloozas end. Portside Arts Center will also be there with kid-friendly interactive crafts, as well as face-painting.
Tickets are $20 per adult, $12 for kids 2 — 12, and free for kids under 2. Tickets sell out every year, so register here or call 215-545-4400 to reserve your spot. Insider tip: get there on time, because lines get long at particularly popular vendors, and because in past years some vendors have run out of latkes.
Photographs by Laura Swartz.