We’re in that beautiful stretch of time where it’s warm enough to stroll around outside, but not a brutal 95 degrees with humidity that makes your hair look like you were recently electrocuted. And while short, this is certainly a time to cherish.
So what better way to celebrate than with a huge street festival?
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Photo courtesy Tug Haines for The Food Trust
One of the best things about summer (and fall) in Philly? Night Market–those massive, one-night-only neighborhood food truck festivals that have been known to attract tens of thousands of people. So you can imagine how happy we were to see the official 2015 Night Market schedule come down this morning.
There are going to be four this year–three brand new locations and one old favorite (that isn’t Chinatown).
So you wanna know where they’re going to be?
Photo via Facebook | Norris Square Neighborhood Project
Philly is no stranger to the term food desert, but, as of this morning, The Food Trust is one step closer to making healthy food accessible to everyone in the city: This morning, Get HYPE Philly!, a collective of 10 non-profits led by The Food Trust, was granted $5 million by GSK to kick off a handful of initiatives all aimed at giving 50,000 Philly kids, particularly middle schoolers and high schoolers in North Philly, better access to healthy food and exercise.
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If you’re too eager to wait for the next Night Market, you can check out the new Flight Market at the Lincoln Financial Field. The event takes place on Sunday, April 19 from 11 am to 3 pm.
Sponsored by The Food Trust, the event will have food trucks a flea market, as well as entertainment for the kids and live music.
You can purchase your tickets now for a discounted $12 right here. On April 1, the ticket price goes up to $15.
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Get ready to roll out the red carpet because the Vendy Awards are back. This Saturday, June 14th, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. the top vendors in Philadelphia will meet at Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown for you to get a taste of some of their best recipes. But the hard part comes after the eating when you vote for People’s Choice, Rookie of the Year and Best Dessert. The finalists include The Cow and The Curd competing for the Vendy Cup, Heart Food Truck competing for Rookie of the Year and Milk + Sugar competing for Best Dessert. Tickets are $55 for adults and and $30 for kids (ages 8-12).
The event will be full of food, drinks, music and more drinks because at the end of the night, Fette Sau and Frankford Hall will be be having after-party drink specials. And to top it all off, the event is a fundraiser for The Food Trust, the non-profit organization in Philadelphia that strives to give all Philadelphians nutritious and affordable food. To buy your tickets or get more info on the event, click on the link below.
Vendy Awards [Official]
The Food Trust [Official]
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]
Everyone’s favorite street food gathering is scheduled to make an appearance on June 28th at 9th St. and Washington Ave from 6-10pm. Not only will the Night Market be bringing its under-$5 eats to this stretch of blacktop, but it will also be the debut of a ?uest Loves Food Pop-Up, the long-anticipated food project of The Roots’ ?uestlove.
$55 gets you into the ?uest Loves Food Pop-Up and guarantees you access to the fabled “Love’s Drumsticks”, ?uest’s own fried chicken. The ticket price also includes more food and music curated by ?uest himself, as well as cocktails made with local liquors from Philadelphia Distillers and mixed up by the guys at Farmers’ Cabinet. With Art Philadelphia will be bringing some local art along with them (should we even ask how?) and local beer will be provided by Yards Brewing Co.
Keep in mind, $55 gets you all that access to the ?uest Loves Food Pop-Up but the $75 PLUS pass gets you a…Food Trust t-shirt and a Night Market souvenir cup….Yeah, just go with the regular pass.
Tickets are limited and can be bought here.
Night Market [Official Site]
Chef Ian Moroney of Pumpkin will be at Headhouse Farmers Market every second Sunday of the month starting this Sunday, June 10th. Pumpkin fans and patrons are welcome to join him at the Food Trust stand, right in the center of the market, as he shops for the restaurant throughout the farmers market at his favorite vendors from 10:30 to 11 a.m.
Anyone who loves the farm-to-table trend will enjoy this outing as they get to see how chef Moroney makes his choices for the week throughout the market at 2nd and Lombard. The free event will include mingling with the chef, vendors, farmers, and the community at large as well as vendor samples throughout the market.
The scene at the Chinatown Night Market
Have you ever wondered how the Night Market immediately became the coolest thing since trucker hats when The Food Trust announced its first one (on East Passyunk) way back in 2010–long before your mom and your gerbil started retweeting the movements of every food truck in Philly?
Well, we have. So in light of tonight’s 1st market of the year (on 2nd Street, north of Fairmount), we called up The Food Trust people to ask them. They credit an accidental “brilliant stroke of marketing genius” they call their “whisper campaign.”
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From the Opinion pages of the New York Times comes praise for Philadelphia. Mark Bittman calls Philadelphia one of the most progressive food cities in the country. Bittman highlights the progress of the Food Trust in getting affordable nutritious food to the city’s poorest residents and Mayor Nutter’s food initiatives including his proposed soda tax.
Go Phily! Better Food in Philadelphia [New York Times]