As if you didn’t need enough reasons to travel to the city’s Northern Liberties district – with restaurants and shops galore, it’s a no-brainer – now there’s another big event coming up in the city. popular area of Philly.
NoLib’s 2nd Street Festival recently announced the launch of the Northern Liberties Night Market Series featuring a variety of food festivals on Thursday, September 23. The inaugural event will start at 5 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. on N. 2nd Street between Fairmount and Poplar Street, and the Night Market series will continue each spring and fall. These new markets have served as a hub for the region since the 2nd Street Festival was put on hiatus due to the pandemic.
“The organizers of the popular 2nd Street Festival are delighted to launch this new round of outdoor food festivals in our neighborhood of Northern Liberties,” said the president of 2nd Street Festival Corp. Owen Kamihira in a statement. “For a while, the 2nd Street Festival was looking for ways to go from a simple annual festival to a series of events all year round. When the Food Trust announced the end of its popular Night Market series, the 2nd Street Festival saw it as the perfect opportunity to carry the torch of a tradition that many Philadelphians hold dear. This event has always been designed to help neighborhoods succeed as the event has continued to pop up in the city with the Mt. Airy Street Fare being a prime example of Food Trust’s work in this area.
“We originally intended to launch something new in the spring of 2020, but COVID had other plans. After two years of hiatus, the 2nd Street Festival is bursting with energy to bring people back to Northern Liberties for fun and celebration. We look forward to returning.
Thursday visitors to the night market can expect to find food trucks, food and shopping vendors, sidewalk cafes, entertainment, family entertainment, lawn games, music, street performers and a few other fun surprises, with plenty of room for social distancing.
Some vendor highlights include: El Camino serving an assortment of margaritas, their Vice Night Punch and Mexi Mai Thais; Urban Village serving a selection of Northern Liberties beers; traditional and unique empanadas freshly made from East Coast Empanadas; the country’s first and only Haagen-Dazs ice cream truck; Hands-on cooking and cooking class featuring samples of the Hudson table; Chank’s Grab n ‘Go pizza cones; a variety of Caribbean and Latin dishes from Calle del Sabor; aracini rice balls in different savory flavors from The Little Sicilian and much more. Suppliers continue to be added, and a full list is available online.
According to the press release, for some sellers, this is their first big comeback on the road and in this type of festival since the pandemic. The event aims to support the region’s thriving food truck and mobile food vendor economy which has been devastating to the industry, while showcasing the Northern Liberties food district. Statistics have shown that there are 23,000 people about to move into apartments and new projects in the Northern Liberties area, and the population boom has also led to a restaurant boom.
North Bowl’s Oron Daskal said in a statement, “When we started the 2nd Street Festival, we just wanted to celebrate our neighborhood and have fun doing it. It’s amazing the interest he has now and the life he brings to 2nd Street.
On the entertainment side, visitors can expect to see games, family entertainment, music, a Snacktime Philly Marching Band, a Post Brothers sponsored play area with lawn games like Corn Hole, Golf in ladder, washers, life-size Jenga, Connect Four and more this Thursday. On top of all this, Project Positive Dance Troupe will be bringing music from DJ Frosty to street performers.
The press release also notes that this Night Market series is not affiliated with the Food Trust and is an independent production of the 2nd Street Festival. This new event has been designed with this idea in mind to reinforce a new set of regular events, especially when classic night market events are on hiatus. The festival is free and there is a charge for food and drink. Philadelphians can bring children and puppies as well, as this event is family friendly.
Visit 2ndstfestival.org for more information.