Hot Dog Cook-Off Set for Headhouse Square


In case you’ve been living in a highly air-conditioned cave, it’s been like a thousand degrees outside lately. It’s true: we’re officially embroiled in the throes of summer. But fret not, because everyone knows that the only cure for those dog days of summer is … hot dogs!

On Saturday, July 20th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., the South Street Headhouse District, in conjunction with Hot Diggity, will host the 2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off contest and celebration. The event will be held at the historic Headhouse Shambles, located on 400 block of South 2nd Street between Lombard and Pine.

The cook-off will feature hot dogs created by 11 of Philadelphia’s favorite restaurants as well as an amateur toppings contest. Participating restaurants include:

  • Hot Diggity!
  • Brauhaus Schmitz
  • Twisted Tail
  • Bridget Foy’s
  • Copabanana
  • Bistro Romano
  • Alla Spina
  • Lucky’s Last Chance
  • Misconduct Tavern
  • La Calaca Feliz
  • Chefs Aaron Gottesman and Jen Carroll for Border Springs Lamb Farm.

The champions will be determined by a panel of local celebrity judges. Guests will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dog. The winner of the amateur toppings contest will have their creation featured on the menu of Hot Diggity! for a month.

VIP Tickets can be bought in advance online for $25 and entitle guests to 12 tickets redeemable for hot dogs or beverages plus entrance between noon and 1 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the event at 10 for $25, 4 fo $10 and 2 for $5. Beer is being provided by Philadelphia Brewing Co. and 5 O’Clock Brew Company.

Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off (warning ALL-CAPS web site [Official Site]
Advance Tickets [EventBrite]