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50 Food Festivals
Hitting Philadelphia in 2017

Fill up on eats at an array of delicious events and fests

There are few better ways to experience a region than through its food. With a rapidly growing dining scene and a bevy of signature eats, that's certainly true of Philadelphia. Luckily, there are tons of awesome food festivals hitting the area this year that let you do just that.

Along with massive al fresco and tented events that showcase the culinary classics of our city and the talent behind them, there are also plenty of delicious festivals that allow you to dive deep into the cuisines of other cultures, learn about top produce picks of the season, enjoy traditional American comfort foods and more.

Tempt your tastebuds by browsing the list below of the biggest food festivals coming to Philadelphia this year.

February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December



November

Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village

November 4-5, 2017

Peddler’s Village revels in the harvest from local orchards at its annual attraction. With apple-pie-eating contests, apple treats, live entertainers and crafts from over 60 juried artisans, there’s no better way to enjoy fall fruit.

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December

Latkepalooza

December 10, 2017

The Gershman Y hosts this throwdown of traditional Hanukkah food, as prepared by local chefs. Note: The popular event, which also features children’s music, craft sessions and balloon art, sells out quickly.

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Past Events



February

East Passyunk Restaurant Week

During East Passyunk Restaurant Week, score deals on great food from restaurants along East Passyunk Avenue, including Bing Bing Dim Sum. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

February 27 - March 10, 2017

When it comes to restaurants, East Passyunk holds a swimming-pool-sized soup bowl full of places to eat. What better time to try one (or many) out than during East Passyunk Restaurant Week, when three-course prix fixe lunches and dinners become available at 24 different eateries, ranging from $15-$35? From handmade noodles at Le Virtu to Asian dumplings at Bing Bing Dim Sum to modern Filipino cuisine at Perla, there's tons of great places to try.

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March

Fishtown Neighborhood Association Chili Cook-Off

March 26, 2017

Home cooks, professional chefs and chili connoisseurs come together each year for the Fishtown Neighborhood Association's annual Chili Cook-Off to battle it out over beans, meats and spices. The bowl-warming event is hosted in The Fillmore Philadelphia.

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April

Philly Farm and Food Festival

The Pennsylvania Convention Center hosts a one-day farm-to-city experience during the Philly Farm and Food Fest. (Photo courtesy Philly Farm and Food Festival)

April 8, 2017

Heads up, local food lovers. The Philly Farm and Food Fest creates a farm-to-city experience at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, featuring over 100 vendors, an excellent lineup of speakers and classes and a pop-up market with local goods and produce. Makers, bakers and innovate food product creators will be onsite to chat about everything from heirloom wheat to third wave coffee to curds that come in every form.

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Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival and Manayunk Restaurant Week

Feast on delicious bites at this Main Street food truck festival. (Photo courtesy Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival)

StREAT Food Festival: April 9, 2017

Manayunk Restaurant Week: April 10-21, 2017

Held twice a year, Manayunk’s StrEAT Food Festival brings together the neighborhood’s many restaurants with food trucks, local stores and gourmet food vendors. The result is a street fair with sidewalk sales, live music and plenty of incentives to support local businesses.

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Caribbean Cuisine Week

April 25-28, 2017

If you need an excuse to chow down on plantains and jerk chicken, you’re in luck: The 13th annual Caribbean Cuisine Week returns to help raise funds for economically disadvantaged student athletes from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Granada, St. Vincent and the Bahamas that seek to compete at the Penn Relays. Restaurant-goers choose to eat out at participating establishments, and the proceeds go toward ground transport, food, emergency, medical and hospital services for the students.

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Philly MAC-Down 2: Vegan Boogaloo

April 30, 2017

After a successful first year, the Philly MAC-Down returns, bringing a bunch of local chefs together for a gooey, velvety, "cheesy" – and entirely dairy-free – mac and cheese throwdown. Happening at West Philly's The Rotunda, the Philly MAC-Down 2: Vegan Boogaloo promises samples, a competitive eating contest and more.

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Flavors on the Avenue: A Street Festival

April 30, 2017

Held under a large tent in a lot between Tasker and Morris streets in South Philadelphia, East Passyunk's Flavors of the Avenue offers visitors the chance to sample dishes from dozens of the neighborhood's award-winning chefs and restaurants.

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May

Philadelphia Wine Festival

May 5, 2017

Wine takes precedence at this epicurean extravaganza hosted by Philadelphia magazine, but delicious bites from local restaurants rank a close second. Representatives pouring hundreds of varieties of wines from all around the world will be on hand to pair them with eats from an array of top Philly restaurants.

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South Street Spring Festival

Celebrate the warmer weather with delicious food from 100+ chefs at one of South Street's biggest festivals of the year. (M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

May 6, 2017

Get outside and celebrate the season during the fifth annual South Street Spring Festival, back for its biggest year ever. Outside vendors team up with South Street area restaurants to serve up a non-stop flow of delicious food. Together, options will be available from more than 100 notable chefs. Performances and other entertainment for those of all ages will also take place throughout the day.

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Phoenixville Food Festival

May 6, 2017

Tons of food trucks and artisanal vendors make their way to the Phoenixville Food Festival to team up with the area's restaurants in a celebration of local food. Last year featured everything from crepes to cupcakes, waffle wedges to cheese curds, and you can expect this year's celebration to encompass a bite to eat for everyone at the Countryside festival.

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Philadelphia Taco Festival

May 13, 2017

Consider shifting Taco Tuesday to Saturday for the Philadelphia Taco Festival, an event that brings tacos, tequila and more to SugarHouse Casino for a tasty weekend afternoon. While chowing down on tortilla-sandwiched creations, festival-goers can also enjoy live mariachi and other music, Lucha Libre wrestling and a margarita "beach bar."

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Rittenhouse Row Spring Fest

Head to the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival for the neighborhood's best food, arts, entertainment and more. (E. Mencher for Visit Philadelphia)

May 20, 2017

One of Philadelphia’s most popular spring festivals, the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival attracts more than 50,000 people from across the region to Rittenhouse Square for a showcase of the neighborhood's fantastic food, fashion, arts and entertainment. Expect to find dozens of the area's restaurants set up along the sidewalks of Walnut Street, serving up samples of spring fare.

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Plazapalooza in Graduate Hospital

May 20, 2017

PlazapaloozaGraduate Hospital's annual alfresco festival – returns with food, beer, live music, family fun and more. It all goes down at Grays Ferry Triangle at 23rd and South Streets, where local bands perform live, brews flow and food is available in abundance from food trucks and local eateries.

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Ninth Street Italian Market Festival

This two-day festival brings you the best that the Italian Market has to offer. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

May 20-21, 2017

South Philadelphia’s Italian Market is the nation’s oldest continuously operating outdoor market, with more than 100 years in production. So what better way to celebrate it than with a blockbuster street festival? More than 70,000 visitors flock to the area each year to enjoy two days filled with the flavors of local Italian-American culture and South Philly spirit.

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Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village

May 20-21, 2017

Celebrate spring at the annual Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village, where festive foods, children’s activities, pie-eating contests and a lively lineup of family entertainment are just some of the weekend’s exciting attractions. Culinary highlights include strawberries served fresh and unadorned, dipped in chocolate and deep-fried in fritters, sliced atop shortcake, baked into assorted pastries and blended up into fruit smoothies.

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Burger Brawl

May 21, 2017

Returning for its seventh year, Burger Brawl creates the ultimate burger-making-for-a-good-cause fiesta. Watch a number of local restaurants fire up the grill in hopes of taking home the best burger crown, handing out samples as they go to festival-goers. The event began and continues to serve as a fundraiser for Philly’s public school system.

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MANNA Guac Off

May 25, 2017

An annual avocado party – count us in! The MANNA Guac Off invites festival-goers to come out and sample guacamole from a number of the city’s restaurants and vote for your favorite while enjoying margaritas and beer. Stay tuned for details on which recipes will compete!

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Night Market Philadelphia 2017

Burholme: May 11; Spruce Hill: July 1; Roxborough: August 10; Italian Market: October 5

Philadelphia’s Night Market street food festivals always deliver top food truck fare and restaurant eats at rotating neighborhoods throughout the city — think tacos and fried cheese curds to pizza and ice cream, while local beer and spirits keep thirst at bay. Dates and locations are scattered throughout the year as warmer weather moves in, starting this year in May in Philly's northeast neighborhood of Burholme. Click the button below to stay up-to-date on 2017 Night Market details as they're released.

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June

Chester County Blues BBQ

June 3, 2017

Enjoy delicious barbecue and blues music from three different live bands at the Chester County Blues Barbecue, taking place at the scenic Wyndsor Farm. All proceeds from the event go directly to local organizations supporting an array of causes in the community.

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Odunde Festival

Sample an array of Afro-Caribbean cuisine at the annual Odunde Festival. (Photo courtesy Odunde Festival)

June 11, 2017

All sorts of African, Caribbean and soul food can be found at the Odunde Festival, which brings a genuine taste of Africa to South Street every year. Look forward to a variety of fried fish dishes, curry goat, fried chicken and much more at the festival that draws hundreds of thousands of people.

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Art Museum Restaurant Week

The restaurants in Philly's Fairmount neighborhood team up for a special week full of awesome meal deals. (J. Varney for Visit Philadelphia)

June 11-16 and 18-23, 2017

Philly's charming Fairmount neighborhood and the area surrounding the Philadelphia Museum of Art host a
special restaurant week where diners can score seasonal prix-fixe menus, ranging from $15-$35, at participating eateries.

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Philadelphia Restaurant Festival

Enjoy a variety of eats from dozens of restaurants at The Philadelphia Restaurant Festival (W. Klein for Visit Philadelphia)

June 15, 2017

Last year's Philadelphia Restaurant Festival brought dozens of restaurants to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for a culinary paradise of eats paired with spirits of all sorts. We await in anticipation for the return of the event, which contributes proceeds to a multitude of local charities. Check back for details as they're released on the full lineup of participating vendors.

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Alex’s Lemonade Great Chefs Event

June 20, 2017

For more than a decade, The Great Chefs Event event has brought together over 1,000 guests and 50 celebrated chefs from throughout the nation and Italy to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer and the Vetri Community Partnership, a local organization that seeks to empower families to lead healthier lives through fresh food. Taking place at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the event invites guests to enjoy dozens of decadent tasting plates and see top chefs in action.

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Raspberry Celebration at Linvilla Orchards

June 24, 2017

Linvilla Orchards' 300-acre family farm invites you to revel in one of summer's greatest glories in its day-long Raspberry Celebration. Pick-your-own kicks off early at 8 a.m., with hours of entertainment and kid-centric activities — including train rides, face painting, pony rides and more — to follow.

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Wawa Hoagie Day

June 29, 2017

Taking place during Wawa Welcome America!, the 25th annual Wawa Hoagie Day features a whopping five tons of hoagies distributed for FREE. Hungry Philadelphians and tourists take to the lawn outside the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall to enjoy the iconic lunchtime staple, courtesy of Wawa.

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Manayunk Stroll the Street

Summer 2017 (TBA)

Every Thursday evening in summer beginning in June, Manayunk hosts its weekly Stroll the Street event on Main Street. From 5 p.m. until sundown, enjoy discounts at restaurants, bars and shops and a lineup of food trucks throughout downtown.

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July

University City Dining Days

July 13-23, 2017

With three-course, prix fixe meals ranging from $15-35 per person, Dining Days offers the perfect opportunity to try the charming BYOBs, international dining and craft beer bars in University City. From barbecue to hand-drawn noodles, vegan fast food to high-end locavore steaks, artisan pizza to gastropub comfort food, options here abound, allowing you to try new restaurants or sample fare from longtime neighborhood favorites.

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Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival at Peddler’s Village

July 15-16, 2017

Summer makes its presence known at the Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival at Peddler’s Village, where live bluegrass and country music hit your ears and aromas of blueberry treats fill the air. Expect lots of locally grown berries for sale and assorted baked goods.

Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival

The Philly Ice Cream Scoop at Reading Terminal Market

July 29, 2017

Philly's local ice cream artisans come together for the ultimate sweet summer soiree, featuring makers like Franklin Fountain, Little Baby’s, Lil' Pop Shop and Zsa’s. Hosted by Reading Terminal Market, The Philly Ice Cream Scoop promises ice-cream-making demos, ice-cream-eating contests, ice cream shuffleboard and ice cream specials galore from merchants throughout the market.

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Philly’s BBQ Festival

Summer 2017 (TBA)

Last year, the area hosted its first ever large-scale BBQ festival, bringing dozens of vendors to Citizens Bank Park — home of the Philadelphia's Phillies. Along with plenty of signature brisket, pulled pork and BBQ to sample, a down-and-dirty rib-eating competition added to the fun. Be on the lookout for what's in store for 2017 as details are released!

Philly’s BBQ Festival


August

2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties

August 6, 2017

Where better to celebrate craft beer than in the neighborhood that helped launch the craze? All afternoon and evening, Northern Liberties vendors close down North 2nd Street for the 2nd Street Festival, complete with beer gardens, food, workshops, art, street performances and a ton of bands playing on two stages.

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Peach Festival at Linvilla Orchards

August 12, 2017

It’s time to get picking when Linvilla’s family fest opens to the public. In addition to baskets of hand-picked peaches, families can relish music acts, games, prizes, crafts, train rides and samples of delicious peach dishes.

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Peach Festival at Peddler’s Village

Pick your own fresh peaches and enjoy a whole weekend of family fun at Peddler's Village. (A. Sinagoga for Visit Philadelphia)

August 12-14, 2017

At the height of stone fruit season, Peddler’s Village invites visitors to try sweet and fruity delights, watch (or enter) the pie eating contest, listen to live bands and shop a sidewalk sale.

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Philly S.E.E.D. Festival

August 13, 2017

The city’s first and only vegan celebration, S.E.E.D. (Sustainable Everyday Edibles and Drinkables) includes three hours of cruelty-free eating and drinking as well as vendors with vegan goods. Twenty percent of proceeds benefit the Humane League of Philadelphia.

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Reading Terminal Market’s Pennsylvania Dutch Festival

Celebrate the traditions, foods and crafts of the Pennsylvania Dutch at Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at the historic Reading Terminal Market. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Summer 2017 (Date TBA)

Celebrate the traditions, foods and crafts of the Pennsylvania Dutch during the annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at the historic Reading Terminal Market. The festival features traditional foods including chicken pot pie, donuts, ice cream, pies, and canned fruits and vegetables will be available to taste and purchase.

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September

Supper Sessions on the Avenue

September 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2017

Mt. Airy goes alfresco during Wednesdays in September with restaurants and bars on the 7100 block of Germantown Avenue bringing their service out into the open. Expect a diverse array of cuisines, musicians and pop-up events.

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Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

September 7, 2017

University’s City fun biannual event promises $1 specials from neighborhood businesses including restaurants, bars and retailers. Live music and family fun accompany the edible bargains.

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Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

September 9-10, 2017

It’s all about the mighty mushroom at this annual event celebrating Kennett’s top crop. The schedule covers a run/walk, antique and classic car show, fried mushroom eating contest, vendors and, of course, endless ways to enjoy the delicious fungi.

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Oktoberfest at Brauhaus Schmitz

September 16, 2017

South Street is transformed into a German block party for the ninth annual Oktoberfest. The festivities include live Oom-pah music, beers on tap, Bavarian eats, dancers and much more — plus a VIP package offers no-wait bathrooms and a take-home stein.

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The Chester County Restaurant Festival

September 17, 2017

Savor all the cuisine Chester County offers in a daylong feast set in West Chester. The spread includes food from more than 65 restaurants, caterers and vendors, along with arts and crafts, live music and beer and wine gardens.

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Philly's Cheesesteak & Food Festival

Several of city's signature sandwiches and other favorite eats take centerstage at Philly's Cheesesteak and Food Fest. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

September 23, 2017

It’s important to remember the classics and this fall food fest gives local eaters a chance to indulge in Philly’s traditional delights with samples of cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches, hoagies, water ice and pretzels. A cheesesteak-eating competition, carnival games, craft beer garden, music and an appearance by Cheesy the Cheesesteak mascot round out the fun.

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FEASTival

September 28. 2017

Benefiting FringeArts, FEASTival celebrates Philly’s arts and culinary scenes with a visually stunning gala. Participants enjoy food and cocktails from a vast list of purveyors, plus live performances, music and dancing.

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South Philly Sausage Fest

Festival-goers at the South Philly Sausage Fest

A ticket to the South Philly Sausage Fest gets you some of the best eats South Philly has to offer. (Photo courtesy South Philly Sausage Festival)

September 30, 2017

Go south this autumn to Newbold/West Passyunk where neighborhood eateries and craft brewers convene for a beer and sausage bonanza. In addition to the edibles, the fest offers live music, craft vendors and kids’ activities.

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October

OysterFest

October 6, 2017

Reading Terminal Market invites shellfish lovers to slurp away during this event. A dozen different oysters are paired with local craft beer, with proceeds benefiting the Strawberry Mansion Learning Center.

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Midtown Village Fall Festival

13th Street is completely shut down for this this huge fall festival featuring plenty of food from neighborhood restaurants. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

October 7, 2017

13th Street brims with live music, shopping and food from more than a dozen area restaurants and vendors at the Midtown Village Fall Festival. Live art and street entertainers add to the autumnal excitement.

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Old City Fest

Old City Fest

Celebrate the many creative folks who live and work within Old City during the annual Old City Fest. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

October 8, 2017

Artists, makers, designers, entertainers and restaurateurs all come out to celebrate the neighborhood’s creative spirit during the Old City Festival. Throughout several blocks along North 3rd and Arch streets, activities, exhibitions and programs appeal to families, as well as the over-21 crowd.

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Bloktoberfest

October 14, 2017

The west side of South Street closes off car traffic for a rollicking open air party. Beer, food trucks and live music set the stage for good times.

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OctoberFEAST at Peddler’s Village

October 14-15, 2017

The third annual OctoberFEAST brings a taste of German tradition to Bucks County. The weekend-long event includes German food, family activities, and, of course, steins full of beer.

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