May 14, 2015 | Valley Forge, PA

Pop-Up Beer Garden, Food Trucks Make "Future Sensations" a Must-Visit-Destination at The Oval, May 30 thru June 6

Saint-Gobain 350th logo

- Saint-Gobain announces schedule of 35+ food trucks and French-themed beer garden specialties -

Saint-Gobain announces its never-before-seen global exhibition "Future Sensations" will be accompanied by a pop-up beer garden and over 35 popular food trucks at The Oval, May 30 – June 6. As one of the Premier Sponsors of The Oval's 2015 season, Saint-Gobain will offer visitors outdoor fun along Philadelphia's own "Avenue des Champs-Élysées" to commemorate its 350th anniversary. The first foray into a season-long celebration at The Oval, "Future Sensations" is a free, must-see entertainment and culinary destination, day and night alike.

In partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Saint-Gobain's "Future Sensations" exhibition is providing yet another example of how The Oval’s programming continually transforms this premier location into a hip, urban oasis of themed activities and entertainment.

"Future Sensations underscores all the elements that make The Oval a must-see destination for neighbors and visitors alike: art, architecture, science, innovation – and above all, fun," said Kathryn Ott Lovell, Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Pop-Up Beer Garden

For many Philadelphians, their favorite garden is a beer garden – and for them, "Future Sensations" will prove to be a must-visit destination. Adjacent to the five "Future Sensations" pavilions, visitors will find an open-air beer garden, equally perfect for a night with friends and a weekend day with the kids. Backed by an incredible view of The Oval on the Parkway, the beer garden will offer a seasonal selection from Yards Brewing Company that pays homage to Saint-Gobain's French roots. Saint-Gobain is proud to celebrate Philadelphia as one of the best beer-drinking cities in America alongside Philly Beer Week.

Oval Beer Garden Hours of Operation:

  • Saturday, May 30: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 31: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Monday, June 1: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, June 2- Friday, June 5: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 6: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Food Trucks

Visitors can schedule their visit to coincide with over 35 food truck favorites – both sweet and savory – including Bonjour Creperie, Chef Johnny Bravo's Surf n Turf, The Cow and the Curd, Foo Truck, Little Baby's Ice Cream, Mac Mart Cart and Undergrnd Donuts. Throughout the week-long "Future Sensations" exhibition, all food trucks open at The Oval daily by 12 p.m., and remain open until the exhibit closes each night.

The "Future Sensations" exhibition is an immersive experience with five distinct ephemeral pavilions that take visitors on a sensory journey of science, storytelling and art that celebrates the past three and a half centuries and offers glimpses into future innovations that will transform the world. The touring exhibition makes four stops across the globe, including Shanghai, China; São Paulo, Brazil; Paris, France; and Philadelphia – the only tour stop in North America and home of Saint-Gobain's domestic headquarters.

About Saint-Gobain in North America

For 350 years, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in sustainable environments, has designed and manufactured high-performance building materials that improve the lives of people the world over. From the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles and the glass pyramid at the Louvre, to the Statue of Liberty and the World Trade Center, and even components that allow the Mars Rover Curiosity to seek out life on another planet, Saint-Gobain has been a part of the fabric of human history, advancement and improvement for three and a half centuries – and 2015 is the company's commemorative year.

In North America, the company upholds this rich history of innovation by making a difference in the spaces where people work, live, play, heal and learn. Along with its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Saint-Gobain has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 15,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.3 billion in 2014. Join Saint-Gobain in a celebration of the company's 350 years of innovation, wonders and advancements by visiting or connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook and Twitter.

About The Oval

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, revealed the City of Philadelphia's new "Park on the Parkway" in July 2013. The eight acres of public space located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway known as Philadelphia's own "Avenue des Champs-Élysées," Eakins Oval (2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) became The Oval, a park with community programming, events and activities. Designed to promote the Parkway as a neighborhood park for all Philadelphians, The Oval offers a wide array of activities and amenities, and features park spaces that all ages can easily access and enjoy. For more information about The Oval, please visit “Like” The Oval on Facebook or “Follow” The Oval on Twitter @TheOvalPHL and “Share” on Instagram @TheOvalPHL.

About Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is the City department that is most engaged in the lives of residents and visitors alike on a daily basis. Through its programs, policies and physical amenities, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation promotes the well-being of the City, its citizens and visitors, by offering beautiful natural landscapes and parks, historically significant resources, high quality recreation centers and athletic programs, along with enriching cultural and environmental programs.

About The Fairmount Park Conservancy

The Fairmount Park Conservancy exists to champion the Fairmount Park system. Its mission is to work as a collaborative partner to lead and support efforts that preserve and improve Fairmount Park to enhance the quality of life and stimulate the economic development of the Greater Philadelphia Region. The Fairmount Park Conservancy fulfills its mission by leading signature capital projects and innovative programs throughout Fairmount Park; by developing and leveraging resources for the park; and by promoting the parks' unique assets and contributions. The Fairmount Park system covers more than 10,200 acres and is considered one of the largest urban park systems in the world. It includes a network of more than 100 neighborhood parks and contains some of the region's most famous treasures and attractions.

Press Contacts:

Saint-Gobain in North America:
Dina Silver Pokedoff, APR
610-341-7031 (office)
484-919-2103 (mobile)

Brownstein Group for Saint-Gobain in North America:
Laura Emanuel, APR
267-238-4118 (office)
215-833-3458 (mobile)

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