Northern Liberities Night Market features musical guests, food and more to host a spring celebration

2nd Street Festival organizers have announced the first spring issue of the new Northern Liberties Night Market series. This inaugural series of outdoor food festivals kicks off in Philadelphia’s fastest growing neighborhood on Thursday, May 26, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., on N. 2nd Street between Fairmount and Poplar Streets. This new event will take place every spring and fall and is a focus and expansion by the operators of the city’s second street festival, which is returning this summer after the pandemic broke. For this pop-up food festival, find dozens of food trucks, food vendors, shopping malls, sidewalk cafes, entertainment, music, street performers, and other fun surprises. Attendance at the festival is free and food/drink fees are payable on a first-come-first-served basis. For information, visit www.n Northernlibertiesnightmarket.com

said the president of 2nd Street Festival Corp. Owen Kamihira (also from El Camino Real): “We are excited to bring these new outdoor food festivals to our Northern Liberties region.” “For some time, the 2nd St Festival has been looking for ways to expand from just an annual festival into a series of events throughout the year. When the Food Trust announced the end of its popular night market chain, 2nd St Festival saw this as the perfect opportunity to carry the torch of a tradition that many Philadelphia residents near and dear to their hearts.This event has always been designed to help create neighborhoods for success as the event has continued to pop up across the city, with Mt. Fare is a great example of the Food Trust’s work in the field.We originally intended to launch something new. Spring 2020 but COVID had other plans.After a two-year hiatus, the 2nd St Festival is kicking off at the seams to bring people back to Northern Liberties for fun and festivities.Can’t wait to get back there!The fall event got a little wet with rain but we had Great response and we’re happy to head into the warm weather season with an amazing group – even food trucks and mobile vendors.”Oron Daskal of the North Bowl said, “When we started our 2nd Street Festival, we just wanted to celebrate and enjoy our neighborhood. It’s amazing how much attention it’s attracting now and how much life it brings to 2nd Street.” After its first test event in the fall, the Northern Liberties Night Market returns in both spring and fall in 2022. The area’s best food trucks will flock to the Northern Liberties hot food district and take place in and around local pop-ups of area restaurants and bars. Find 50 vendors in total, including food trucks, food tents, food vendors, and shopping. This event will occupy several buildings in the area around N. 2nd Street between Fairmount and Popular Streets. This year’s vendor finale includes the following merchants: FOOD * A Taste of Philly – Cheese slices, burgers, fries, mozzarella sticks, and fried Oreos* Bake’n Bacon – gourmet sandwiches where bacon is the star; Also available with grilled chicken and smoked brisket, for those who don’t like bacon and kids who taste three meats.* Brood Coffee Truck – Specialty Coffee Beverages and Fresh Pastries * Byz.Empire – Delicious American Food Influenced by Mediterranean and Latin Traditions * Cali del Sabor – Variety of Caribbean and Latin Dishes… Burritos, Tacos, Clean Chicken and Pork * Grab n’ Go – Pizza Cones – Portable Pizza * Dr. Brownies – A vegan brownie company that specializes in all types of brownies. From muffin to brownie, we’re a fan of plant-based cakes, changing the game in Philadelphia for all dessert and food lovers * Dr. Wutzit’s Wonder Balls – yummy, handmade and delicious balls like Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese Balls, Buffalo Chicken Balls, Cheesesteak Balls and Arancini.

* Häagen-Dazs – the first and only Häagen-Dazs ice cream truck in the country

* Hello Vietnam – A restaurant located in Northern Liberties serving Bahn Mis and Vietnamese coffee during the event * Korea Taqueria – A fusion of Korean and Mexican cuisine, specializing in rich Korean tacos you’ve never experienced before* The Li Ping Corn Company – Roasted Hot, Fresh, and Sweet Corn * Moocheeze Food Truck – Fried, Melting & Fried Mac & Cheese Balls * Mochava – Israel-Inspired Street Food * Papermill Foods – The home of a sporito, inspired by the vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia and a touch of influence from Australian Beach Culture * Philly Nuts – Using the finest ingredients and sourcing the highest quality nuts from the US and abroad, each flavor blend is carefully handcrafted * Piccola Italia – Authentic Italian Street Food * Rita’s Italian Ice – Italian ice, frozen custard, and specialty creations * Taqueria Dos Hermanos – Mexican Food (tacos, quesadillas and burritos) * The Little Sicilian – Aracini rice balls in all different delicious flavors * The Munchy Machine – Inventive sandwiches, snacks and desserts, plus a few surprises to keep the gang up.Drink * Bourbon and Brunch – Cocktails * El Camino – Margaritas, frozen or on the rocks in a variety of flavours, plus Vice Night Punch (vodka, lemon, jalapeno hibiscus, watermelon) and Mexi Mayo Taise (Bacardi rum, Cazadores Blanco, Blue Curacao, orguet, pineapple) , lemon) * Spontino – Beer and Wine * Standard Tap – Cocktails * Urban Village – a selection of Liberties Northern Liberties made with cold brews, brewers and dealers * Beyond Oak – Small scale jewelry brand, creating unique pieces of jewelry and art in collaboration with Nature * ArtbyAlicia – Posters, greeting cards, prints, and posters with hand-drawn designs for Philadelphia gadgets and landmarks * CONNECT360 – Handcrafted Kenyan jewelry and fashion * Contemporary Works – Colorful, eco-friendly planters, trays, coasters, and other home décor * Dan Does That – laser engraved art and home décor Unique * De ‘ Vora – pet products * Elektra Vintage – vintage clothes, accessories and gadgets * Lily Lough jewelry – vintage jewelry for handmade

* Little Brown Box – Fashionable Jewelry for Women

* Maker Missya – Creative colorful cement planters and household goods

* Messin’ with Resin – Handcrafted Resin Art * Ocean Girl Gifts – Beach themed jewelry and ceramic ornaments * Beautiful Handcrafts – Home Décor & Crafts – Horror, Sci-Fi, Gothic, Punk Rock, Pop Culture and more! * Ray’s Reusables – Great Household Food Stuff for Sustainable Refill * RonDee Productions – Handmade Dolls named RONSTERS and other doll related merchandise * SH Candles – scented soy candles, diffusers and other good household accessories * SCB Naturals – Handcrafted, organic and friendly vegan wellness soap For the environment * Shady Sunglass Deals – tie-dyed sunglasses and shirts * Snug Baby – small batch, highly pigmented nail polish and creative ephemera * Spaltline Woodworking – Unique shredded wood puzzles and watches (fungus-dyed)

* Terraintextures – handmade jewelry with mushrooms, ferns and leaves

* Unleash Petco – Pet Products * Yardsale Press – Hand-cut, screen-printed wooden drink protectors, rivets, and pouches

For some vendors, this is the first time they’ve been back on the road and at this kind of festival since the pandemic. This event will support our region’s burgeoning food truck economy and the once-disruptive economy of mobile food vendors, all while showcasing the hot food district of North Liberties. In the next year or two, this is the fastest growing neighborhood in the entire city by numbers, with up to 23,000 people set to move into new apartments and projects that are about to open or under construction. Population boom has also led to a boom in restaurants. The three neighborhood goers behind the festival are thrilled and want to conserve their energy when their biggest festival is on pause.

Entertainment will DJ Frost, family fun, other music and more! The Project Positive Dance Troupe will feature street performers who will flip, twist and turn their way during outdoor performances all night long. 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. The Night Market was and still is 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 lasts. This new event has been designed with this idea in mind to promote a new and regular series of events – especially when classic night market events are paused. . Bring the kids and puppies, as this is a totally family-friendly event! Save the date for the 2nd Street Festival on Sunday, August 7 and the Northern Liberties Night Market Fall Edition on Thursday, September 22.For more information visit www.n Northernlibertiesnightmarket.com About 2nd Street Festival Founded in 2008 by business owners Northern Liberties Owen Kamihira of El Camino Real, William Reed of Standard Tap and Oron Daskal of North Bowl 2nd Street Festival Created St with the aim of bringing people to Northern Liberties in a fun and engaging way.

From the start, the festival has grown into one of the city’s largest annual events, spanning several blocks and attracting over 40,000 people.

In addition to attracting visitors to the neighborhood, 2nd St Festival also raises funds to support programming for two neighborhood civic organizations, the Northern Liberities Business Improvement District and the Northern Liberities Neighborhood Association. For more information visit www.2ndstfestival.org.

Image source: Cory Aversa

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