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.

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PhillyMFA Pop-Ups This Weekend

The Philly Mobile Food Association is at it again. The PMFA announced three pop-up events for this weekend on their website today.

A “Re-Up” Pop-Up has the PMFA returning with the Lutheran Settlement House on June 1st from 6 to 10 p.m. to at 1390 Frankford Avenue. Philly’s favorite food trucks have decided to make another stop at this Fishtown locale after the success of their first pop-up there. Lutheran Settlement House will be providing beer and requests donations, while Lil’ Dan’s, the Smoke Truck, Sweet Box Cupcakes, and Delicias will serve food. Click here for more info.

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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]

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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Quick Bites: New Thai & Cupcakes, More Cupcakes

Meal Ticket gets the tip that a Thai restaurant is taking the place of the former Pico de Gallo at 15th and South. [Meal Ticket]

SweetBox has taken up position in front of the  Monell Chemical Senses Center at 35th and Market. The cupcake truck serves your traditional styles as well as one with a cookie dough center. [Meal Ticket]

Sweets by Samantha is also now rolling around town. This week her truck has been spotted on North and South Broad and today the truck is on Temple’s campus between 12th and 13th on Montgomery.

Don’t forget, for all your twittering truck needs, we’ve got Philadelphia’s Twittering Food Trucks List for you.

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