Philadelphia, PA - 2nd Street Festival is proud to announce the Northern Liberties Night Market Series launch. This inaugural series of outdoor food festivals is rolling into the single fastest-growing neighborhood in Philadelphia on Thursday, September 23rd, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, on N. 2nd Street between Fairmount and Poplar streets.

This new event will take place every spring and fall and is a pivot and expansion by the operators of the city's 2nd Street Festival, which has been on hold during the pandemic. For this first event, look for dozens of food trucks, food vendors, shopping vendors, sidewalk cafes, entertainment, family fun, lawn games, music, street performers, and a couple of other fun surprises.

Oron Daskal of North Bowl said, "When we started the 2nd Street Festival, we just wanted to celebrate our neighborhood and have fun doing it. It's amazing how much interest it draws now and how much life it brings to 2nd Street."

For this first-time event, the region's top food trucks will roll into the red-hot dining district of Northern Liberties for the inaugural Northern Liberties Night Market.

Look for around two dozen food trucks, food tents, food and shopping vendors, and much more - plus room for distancing. This first event will take over several blocks around N. 2nd Street between Fairmount and Popular streets.

The early list of vendors for this year includes the following merchants:

  • El Camino - Margaritas, frozen or on the rocks in a variety of flavors, plus Vice Night Punch (vodka, lemon, jalapeno hibiscus syrup, watermelon) and Mexi Mai Tais (Bacardi rum, Cazadores Blanco, Blue Curacao, orgeat, pineapple, lime)
  • Urban Village - With a selection of Northern Liberties made beers
  • Bake'n Bacon - Gourmet sandwiches where bacon is the star of the show; also available with grilled chicken and smoked brisket for the non-bacon eaters and the bold who savor all three types of meat.
  • Byzantium Empire - Delicious American eats influenced by Mediterranean and Latin traditions.
  • Calle del Sabor - Variety of Caribbean & Latin dishes...burritos, tacos, jerk chicken, and pork
  • Chank's Grab n' Go - Pizza cones - pizza made portable!
  • East Coast Empanadas - Freshly baked empanadas with traditional fillings and those with a funky modern twist
  • Have a Ball - Specialty meatballs and fries
  • Haagen Dazs - The FIRST and ONLY Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Truck in the country
  • Moocheeze Food Truck - Gourmet fried Mac and cheese balls, melt, and fries
  • Philadelphia Tropical Treats - Frozen fresh tropical treats that bring joy and happiness
  • Pound Cake Heaven - Assorted pound and layer cakes
  • The Little Sicilian - Arancini rice balls in all different savory flavors
  • The Slider King - Various Sliders, Fries, Mac, and Cheese, Salads
  • Hudson Table - Northern Liberties hands-on kitchen and cooking classes offering a sampling
  • Piggy Back Treats - Local, sustainably sourced treats for your doggos!

This is for many of the trucks, their first significant time back on the road and at this type of festival since the pandemic for some vendors.

Entertainment will include games, family fun, music, and more! Snacktime Philly will be traversing throughout the footprint a la marching band/2nd line style; there will also be a second troupe in the North Bowl parking lot.

Big kids of all ages will find a Game Zone sponsored by Post Brothers with lawn games like corn hole, ladder golf, washers, life-size Jenga, life-size Connect Four, and more. Project Positive Dance Troupe will provide street performers that will flip, twist, and turn their way during open-air performances throughout the night. DJ Frosty will drop the tunes.

This Night Market series is not affiliated with the Food Trust and is an independent production of the 2nd St Festival. The Night Market series was and has always been a series of pop-up food festivals designed to bring attention and awareness to different parts of the city, hoping to leave neighborhoods with a sustainable event after it moves on.

This new event was designed with that idea in mind to bolster a new and regular series of events - especially when the classic Night Market events are on pause.

The festival is free to attend, and pay-as-you-go for food and drink. Bring the kiddos and the pups, as this event is entirely family-friendly!

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