PHAIR, Philadelphia’s Open Air Market Opens Tomorrow


PHAIRa new Philadelphia open air market, is debuting this Saturday, May 18, at 23rd and Arch Streets. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine, from May 18 to November 23.

The market is celebrating its first Saturday with a food truck roundup. Philly food trucks Zea May’s, Sweetbox Cupcakes, Rival Bros. Coffee RoastersPoi Dog Snack Shop, Made in the Shade Beverage Co., GiGis & Big R Caribbean & American Soul Food, and Reuben on Rye will be present. There will also be a number of non-food vendors that you can peruse through while enjoying your jerk chicken from Gigi’s or bison hot dog from Zea May’s. And don’t worry if you miss this week’s PHAIR because there should be a great lineup of food trucks at 23rd and Arch every Saturday for a few months to come.

PHAIR [Official Site]

Holiday Food Truck Round Up

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and December is peeking around the corner, it is acceptable to start getting into the holiday spirit. Crank up the Michael Buble Christmas album, break out the strands of lights and pull out your favorite latke recipes. Along with these classic preparations, also head to the Piazza at Schmidts for the Holiday Food Truck Round Up.

This Saturday, December 1st, food trucks are gathering at the Piazza to kick of the holiday season, but not just the upcoming holidays. Rather, they are celebrating all the holidays, from Independence Day to Cinco de Mayo. Each truck will have their own holiday theme with dishes to match. The day will also mark the beginning of Philly Mobile Food Association’s month long partnership with Philabundance. The trucks will be collecting canned goods, so come ready to give and ready to eat.

It will be the perfect end to a day of shopping at the Northern Liberties Shopping Spree.

The Food Truck Lineup »

Vendy Awards to Host Winners’ Event on the Parkway

The winners of the 2011 and 2012 Vendy Awards will be having a special event at Eakins Oval on the Parkway on Thursday, August 2nd between 6 and 9 p.m. 2011 winners  Sweet Box, GiGi & Big R’s and Cucina Zapata will be there along with the winners of the 2012 Vendys which are being held tomorrow. The event will be pay-as-you-go and beer will be available for purchase from Sixpoint Brewery. There will be music, chalk drawing and more.

Vendy Awards 2012

The Second Annual Vendy Awards have been scheduled for Saturday, July 28th. At The Lot at 39th and Market, food writer Joy Manning and chef Marcie Turney will be judging 8-10 street food vendors nominated by the great people of Philadelphia in a sidewalk cook off. The general public can buy tickets to the event to enjoy food and beer all while supporting The Food Trust through fundraising.

The Vendy Awards started out in NYC in 2005 and they were so successful that cities like Philadelphia and Los Angeles have picked up their own. Last year the winner of the Philly Vendy Cup was Gigi and Big R and the People’s Choice went to Cucinca Zapata while SweetBox took home the Dessert prize. Nominate your favorite food truck or sidewalk cart today to show your appreciation for your daily lunch spot. And buy your tickets at the Vendy website fast, the event is sure to sell out — and even if there were any left at the door, they cost more.

Vendy Awards Philly 2012 [Official Site]

Early Warning: Welcome America! and Taste of Philadelphia

Last week details of the Wawa Welcome America festivities were announced. Each year the events like Taste of Philadelphia bring thousands of visitors from the greater Philly area to celebrate July 4th.

This year, from June 29-July 1, Taste of Philadelphia returns to Penn’s Landing bringing with it restaurants and a special section for food trucks along the Chestnut St. Bridge. The event is free and vendors will be serving up small plates for just a few bucks.

Taste of Philadelphia Vendors Include »

Vendy Award Winners to Highlight Night Market

The Mt. Airy Night Market is set for next Thursday and more details have been revealed. Many of the vendors that have made the first two night markets run away successes will return, this time to Germantown Avenue between Sedgwick and Mt. Airy Avenue. New this time around will be Vendy Awards winners Gigi & Big R Caribbean and Sweetbox Cupcakes. Local restaurants Earth Bread + Brewery, McMenamins and Avenida will have stands set up for beer, sangria and other refreshments.

For entertainment the central stage will feature New Orleans-style UCC Royal Brass Band, the Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble and world-renowned jazz percussionist Doc Gibbs and his band.

We’ll have more vendor information as it becomes available.

Night Market [Official Site]

Vendy Awards Recap

The Vendy Awards took place Saturday at the Piazza at Schmidts with eight finalists serving the 500 attendees and vying for three awards including Philadelphia’s first Vendy Cup.

Slide Show and Winners »

Philly’s Vendy Awards Nominations Announced

The Vendys are coming! The Vendys are coming!

Yes, folks, the Vendy Awards–a beloved New York City tradition since 2005, honoring the very best purveyors of truck, cart and streetcorner cuisine–have now been loosed on our fair city. On Saturday, July 9, from 3pm-7pm at the Piazza at Schmidts, all the greatest street-food operators in town will be gathering to serve up their best tacos/curry/BBQ/falafel in an attempt to impress a panel of celebrity judges and be named among the best of Philly’s sidewalk chefs. Of course, they’ll also be serving grub for the masses (and in the process collecting money for The Food Trust, a non-profit that tries to give everyone access to good, healthy food) which is why you’ll want to be there. I mean, where else are you going to be able to find Guapos Tacos, Sweet Box, King of Falafel and Cucina Zapata all together in one place at one time?

Up until June 10, the folks behind the Vendys have been taking public nominations in order to determine Philly’s street-food finalists. And just today, they released their list of the 8 most beloved vendors working the streets of our fair metropolis. These 8 will be gathering at the appointed place, on the appointed hour, to do noble battle before their adoring fans. And when all is said and done, one of them will be going home with the coveted Vendy Cup and joining the ranks of such streetcorner luminaries as Calexio Carne Asada, NY Dosa, Sammy’s Halal and King of Falafel (New York version).

So do you want to know who’ll be battling it out this year in Philly?

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