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Bastille Day commemorates the storming of a notorious French prison in 1789, which sparked that country’s revolution. Philly’s Fairmount section takes note, but here it’s more of a “Let them eat cake” thing. Start celebrating tonight with a French Fling Bar Crawl; continue tomorrow with movies and dinner specials at Fairmount restaurants. The Bastille Day Festival on Saturday starts at 2 p.m., with more French goodies and themed activities. At 5:30, London Grill co-owner Terry McNally, portraying Marie Antoinette, is taken to Eastern State Penitentiary (portraying the Bastille). As she cries, “Let them eat Tastykake!” 2,000 Tastykakes will be flung from the prison walls to the waiting crowds. More on this 17th-annual free event at

SJ HOT Chefs, the attention-getting nickname for the South Jersey Independent Restaurant Association, hosts its fifth annual Farm to Fork Week Sunday through July 23. Participating restaurants will create four-course menus for $25-$35 featuring Jersey-grown products from such places as 1895 Organic Farm, Duffield’s Farm Market, Hunter’s Farm, Mood’s Farm Market, Muth Family Farm and Spinella Farm. A Farm to Fork campaign will continue through the summer; go to

Remember a few months back when Philabundance asked all you gardeners out there to plant an extra row of veggies for Share the Harvest? That’s why you have so many zucchini already! Luckily, you can start dropping off the backyard bounty at designated sites that include Laurel Hill Gardens, 8125 Germantown Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Sept. 24. Details at

University City is home to some of the most innovative, unexpected dining options around. Funky craft-beer pubs, ritzy dining rooms with celeb chefs at the stove, low-key ethnic joints offering a United Nations of world cuisines – it’s all here. Need more convincing? Today through July 28, University City Dining Days returns, as 29 popular spots offer a three-course dinner special for $15, $25 or $30. Find out all about it at

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