-Courtesy of Aversa PR & Events
The organizers of 2nd Street Festival announce the first-ever spring edition of the new Northern Liberties Night Market Series. This inaugural series of outdoor food festivals is rolling into the single fastest growing neighborhood in Philadelphia on Thursday, May 26th, from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, 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 returns this summer after a pandemic break. For this pop-up food festival, look for dozens of food trucks, food vendors, shopping vendors, sidewalk cafes, entertainment, music, street performers, and other fun surprises. The festival is free to attend and food/drink are pay-as-you-go. For information, visit www.northernlibertiesnightmarket.com
“We are thrilled to bring these new open-air food festivals to our neighborhood in Northern Liberties,” said President of 2nd Street Festival Corp. Owen Kamihira (also of El Camino Real). “For some time, the 2nd St Festival had been brainstorming ways to expand from just an annual festival into a year-round series of events. When the Food Trust announced the end of their popular Night Market series, 2nd St Festival saw this as the perfect opportunity to carry the torch of a tradition many Philadelphians hold near and dear to their hearts. That event was always designed to help set-up neighborhoods for success as the event continued to pop-up around the city, with the Mt. Airy Street Fare as a great example of the Food Trust’s work in that area. We originally intended to launch something new in spring of 2020, but COVID had other plans. After two years on hiatus, 2nd St Festival is bursting at the seams to bring people back to Northern Liberties for fun and festivities. We can’t wait to get back out there! The fall event got a little wet with the rain but we had a terrific response and we are thrilled to head into warm weather season with an amazing line-up of food trucks and mobile vendors.”
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.”
Following the first test event in fall, Northern Liberties Night Market returns in both spring and fall in 2022. The region’s top food trucks will roll into the red-hot dining district of Northern Liberties and set-up in and around local pop-ups from area restaurants and bars. Look for 50 vendors in total, including food trucks, food tents, food and shopping vendors. This event will take over several blocks in the area around N. 2nd Street between Fairmount and Popular streets.
For some vendors, this is their first major time back on the road and at this type of festival since the pandemic. The event will support our region’s thriving food truck and mobile food vendor economy that was devastating to the industry, all while showcasing the red-hot food neighborhood of Northern Liberties. In the next one to two years, this is the fastest growing neighborhood in the entire city by the numbers, with up to 23,000 people set to move into apartments and new projects about to open or that are well-underway for construction. The population boom has also brought a restaurant boom. The three neighborhood pioneers behind the festival are thrilled and wanted to keep up the energy when their larger festival was on pause.
Entertainment will DJ Frost and family fun, other music 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 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, with the hopes of leaving 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 fully family friendly!
Save the date for the 2nd Street Festival on Sunday, August 7th and Northern Liberties Night Market fall edition on Thursday, September 22nd.
For more info visit www.northernlibertiesnightmarket.com.