Eakins Oval becomes “The Oval” today, “the new shape of fun.” In an effort to transform the underutilized public space into something more, the area in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been transformed into a new park. The 8-acre space will offer daily programing as well as a sandy beach. Each day the Oval will also be visited by food trucks. Today, Reuben on Rye, Sum Pig, Cosmic Catering and Sweet Box will all be on the scene today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Check out the Oval’s calendar for a complete list of events.
The Oval: The New Shape of Fun [Official Site]
PHAIR, a 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 Roasters, Poi 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]
Gretchen Fantini started selling her cupcakes at Piazza at Schmidt’s farmers’ market. Then came the Sweet Box Cupcake Truck and now she’s opening Sweet Box Shop at 339 South 13th Street (between Pine and Spruce Streets).
The grand opening of the storefront is tomorrow, Saturday May 11th at 11 a.m. Fantini and her staff will be handing out mini-cupcakes and mimosas through 2 p.m.
There are now TWO ways to satiate your cupcake cravings, follow the Sweet Box Cupcake Truck or visit the new Sweet Box Shop at 339 South 13th Street (on 13th between Pine and Panama Streets).
The shop will stock the following cupcakes:
- Red Velvet
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip
- Bacon Maple Pancake
- Chocolate Ganache
- Strawberries and Champagne
Cupcakes are $3.50 each and the storefront will also sell icebox desserts, cakes and custom creations.
The Sweet Box Shop details »
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 »
To kick off Manayunk’s Restaurant Week – September 30th-October 5 – Manayunk is holding its first StrEAT Food Festival on Main Street on Saturday September 29th from 10am-5pm. Over 20 vendors from the Philadelphia area will attend the event, the only day of the year that street vendors are allowed to sell food in Manayunk due to district regulations.
Read on for details and a list of participating vendors.
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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.
Gretchen Fantini of the Sweet Box Cupcakes truck is getting a storefront at 13th and Panama, just down from Dirty Frank’s. Fantini has won praise at the Vendy’s as well as from Craig LaBan and others. Fantini joins Tom McCusker of Honest Tom’s as a graduate from the wheeled food scene.
The Sweet Box storefront should be ready to go within two months. The truck will continue to operate.
Sweet Box [Official Site]
As we told you a few weeks ago, the Vendy Awards will be held on July 28th from 3 to 7 p.m. at the parking lot at 39th and Market. The nominees for the awards were announced this week and it’s just been found that Delicias’ participation went unknown! Until now, that is. Here is the complete list of the trucks looking to take home the big prize.
And the nominees are »
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]
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 »