With events happening all around the city this weekend, it’s more than just geographical proximity that will be a factor in picking which festival to visit. It’s all about the food, now isn’t it? There will be food trucks in Kensington, Center City favs on Walnut, Italian specialties on 9th Street and BBQ in South Philadelphia. Details ahead.
Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Trenton Avenue Arts Fest
Where: Trenton Avenue & Norris Street in Kensington
When: Saturday, May 19; 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Eats: Food vendors include A Full Plate Café, BikeCaffe, Krakus Market, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck, Memphis Taproom, Primo Pizza, Sweets by Samantha, The Cheesesteak Guy, The Dapper Dog, The Pickled Heron, Yumtown USA.
Drinks: Philadelphia Brewing Company will be on location beginning at noon.
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Where: Rittenhouse, duh. Walnut Street from Broad Street to 19th Street.
When: Saturday, May 19; 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Eats: There’s really no good way to do this without reinventing the wheel. Just check uwishunu.com. They have a real-deal rundown on the food. Pretty much every Center City Restaurant along the way will be out and offering up bites of their specials.
Drinks: Sponsored booths for Peroni wine and Capitan Morgan’s Black Spiced Rum will be set up along the strip.
Italian Market Festival
Where: 9th Street from Federal to Fitzwater Street
When: Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Eats: Over 100 vendors will be set up along the route. The best suggestion is to eat as much roast pork as humanly possible.
Drinks: The red wine is sure to be flowing. But just in case the lines are ridiculous, bring a little sipper of something with you.
Wheat Beer Festival
Where: 1509 Mifflin Street, Philadelphia, PA
When: Saturday, May 19; 12 p.m. - ??
Eats: BBQ. Grilled up by South Philly Tap Room’s Scott Schroeder.
Drinks: Over 30 different wheat beers and their brewers will be on the scene. The full list of beers is here.