A Guide For Making The Most Of The Chinatown Night Market

So here we are–the last Night Market of the year. It’ll kick off tonight at 7pm, centered around 10th and Race Streets in Chinatown with around 60 food and drink vendors and, if past Night Markets are any indication of tonight’s madness, somewhere between 20,000 and a bajillion people all descending on the neighborhood looking for snacks, drinks and a good time.

The question thus becomes, how do you make the most out of your Night Market experience? Good thing you asked. As veteran Night Market goers (and just sneaky bastards by nature), we’ve developed some tried and tested strategies for winning any Night Market. And it all begins with…

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Meet New Faces at This Week’s Night Market

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Come one, come all, because Night Market is back Thursday, August 14th and you better bring your appetite. The Food Trust will be hosting the street food festival from 6 to 10 p.m. on Lancaster Avenue between 35th and 39th Streets. Over 80 of Philly’s finest food vendors on four wheels will occupy the five blocks. Some new faces will be among the crowds such as, SeoulFull Philly, serving up a taste of South Korea in Philadelphia, Luscious Bakery, cooking all kinds of brunch favorites from the sweet to the savory, The Flying Deutschman, to meet all of your schnitzel needs, The Grilled Cheese Truck, serving… well you know and finally Siddiq’s Real Fruit Water Ice, whom you can count on for an authentic Philadelphia treat. While you’re trying and testing food trucks galore, sip on some brew provided by Yards Brewery and catch a listen to the West Philadelphia Orchestra. Follow the food trust on twitter for updates on the event or check out their website.

Lancaster Avenue Night Market Program (PDF)

Night Market [The Food Trust]

Tonight: Night Market in West Oak Lane

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What has food trucks every which way you look, three tents just for beer by Bloktoberfest  and live music from start to finish? Night Market Philadelphia. Tonight, Thursday, June 19th, more than 50 of Philly’s best restaurants and food trucks will line up on Ogontz Avenue for attendees to get a taste of their best eats.

The event will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and feature mobile favorites like The Cow and The Curd, Luke’s Lobster, Nomad Pizza, Oink and Moo BBQ, Curbside Creamery and Sweet Box Cupcakes. And in addition to all the good food you’ll be eating, Bloktoberfest is providing beer tents for you to enjoy with your meals (plural). Performers will also be at the entrance and exit of the festival so you can jam out.

Check out below for the map and listing of all participants.

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High Street Doing More Friends And Family Dinners (Plus Bonus Night Market News)

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Okay, so at a certain point someone is going to have to go after chef Eli Kulp with a tranquilizer gun just to get him to slow down a little. He already has like nine different menus working between Fork and High Street on Market, he’s overseeing A.Kitchen and A.Bar and doing events like Franklin Flea and Taste of the Nation. But that’s apparently not enough for him. Because he also does special Friends and Family dinners on Tuesday nights at High Street, which are continuing throughout the spring.

For example, on Tuesday, April 22 he’ll be doing a dinner with Phickle’s Amanda Feifer which will continue their Fermentation Series celebrating all things fermented–from coffee and chocolate to cheese and yogurt, beer and wine to pickles and kim chi. (Other dates include Tuesday, May 13 and Tuesday, June 17.) And on Tuesday, May 6, it’ll be a cheese dinner with Valley Shepherd Creamery, with cheesemaker Jaenine Dargis and some of her 30+ Basque-influenced cheeses. All the dinners start at 9pm and are just $25 per person (plus booze, tax and tip).

But wait, there’s more…

ThinkFest Will Feature Marc Vetri, Aimee Olexy and Others

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ThinkFest is Philadelphia magazine’s week-long series of events featuring smart conversations about the city, education, the arts, entrepreneurship, the food scene, tech and creative culture.

Chris Matthews is the keynote speaker at Thursday night’s event and Saturday’s Main Event will feature M. Night ShyamalanAimee Olexy and Marc Vetri among others.

Vetri’s talk, “Cultivating the Creative Connection” is one of 17 idea-sparking sessions that will take place during the main event at the Kimmel Center.

Aimee Olexy will be participating in a panel looking at how are food scene is expanding way beyond the restaurant. Also participating in the panel is Dan Pennachietti of Lil Dan’s Food Truck and April White of The Food Trust.

Learn more about ThinkFest (featuring keynote speaker Chris Matthews) and buy your tickets now.

Free Tacos At Tomorrow’s Night Market

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Yup. In addition to all the run-of-the-mill awesomeness involved in a Night Market (particularly a Chinatown Night Market), this one will have a little extra kick in the form of free tacos being offered by Chipotle.

Sure, there’s an ulterior motive. They’re basically offering a sneak-peek taste of the new sofritas that they’re going to be rolling out at Philly stores later in the month in order to drum up interest in the new menu item. But really, who cares? Free tacos are free tacos. And they’re going to be offering two varieties–shredded, braised tofu with roasted poblanos, chipotle chilies and spices, and barbacoa (which is the same thing, only with beef).

So anyway, if you find yourself either short on pesos or craving tacos, look for Chipotle’s tent. I’m guessing you’ll be able to spot it by the line.

Chinatown Night Market [Official]

Mt. Airy Announces Food Vendors for Street Fare

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After two successful night markets in conjunction with the Food Trust, Mt. Airy is stepping out on its own to throw Mt. Airy’s Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll. The event is set for Thursday, September 19th and like Night Market will showcase  tons of food trucks and local restaurants lining Germantown Avenue between Sedgwick Street and Mt. Airy Avenue. In addition to all the food and drink, there will be two stages for live entertainment , a craft show, a fashion truck and family activity zone.

And Eagles fans, do not to worry, the Eagles vs. Chiefs game will be broadcast.

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Check Out the Night Market Program

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Philadelphia’s mobile food force and local South Street area businesses are mobilizing for tonight’s Night Market. The South Street Night Market will have the most vendors yet and the unseasonably wonderful weather probably means it will be the best attended Night Market yet. In addition to the 80+ food vendors there will be five locations for live entertainment, the opportunity to turn clean energy into a free Six Point beer and the chance to turn your Instagram shots into prints.

Check out the program for all the details. And if you cannot make it out tonight, the next Night Market will be in Chinatown on Thursday, October 3rd.

South Street Night Market Program (PDF)
Night Market Philadelphia [Official Site]

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