2nd Street Festival organizers announce the first-ever spring edition of the new Northern Liberties Night Market series. This inaugural series of outdoor food festivals is taking place 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 each 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 hiatus. For this pop-up food festival, look out for dozens of food trucks, food vendors, traders, sidewalk cafes, entertainment, music, street performers and other fun surprises. The festival is free and food and drinks are chargeable.
“We are thrilled to bring these new outdoor food festivals to our neighborhood of Northern Liberties,” said the president of 2nd Street Festival Corp. Owen Kamihira (also of El Camino Real). “For some time, the 2nd St Festival had been considering ways to grow from just an annual festival to a series of year-round events. When the Food Trust announced the end of its popular Night Market series, the 2nd St Festival saw this as the perfect opportunity to carry the torch for a tradition that many Philadelphians hold dear.This event was always designed to help neighborhoods succeed as the event continued to unfold in the city, with the Mt. Airy Street Fare as a great example of the Food Trust’s work in this area. We originally planned to launch something new in Spring 2020, but COVID had other plans. After a two-year hiatus , the 2nd St Festival is packed to get people back to Northern Liberties for the fun and festivities. We can’t wait to go back! The fall event got a little wet from the rain, but we we got an answer rmidable and we are excited to enter the hot season with an incredible line-up of food trucks and street vendors. »
After the first test event in the fall, the Northern Liberties Night Market returns in the spring and fall of 2022. The region’s best food trucks will roll into the scorching restaurant district of Northern Liberties and set up shop in and around local area pop-ups. restaurants and bars. Search 50 vendors in total, including food trucks, food tents, and vendors. This event will occupy several blocks in the area around N. 2nd Street between Fairmount and Popular streets. The final vendor list for this year includes the following merchants:
- A taste of Philadelphia – Cheesesteaks, 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 non-bacon eaters and the daring who relish all three meats
- Brood Coffee Truck – Specialty coffee drinks and freshly baked pastries
- Byz.Empire – Delicious American dishes influenced by Mediterranean and Latin traditions
- Calle del Sabor – Variety of Caribbean and Latin dishes… burritos, tacos, jerk chicken and pork
- Grab n’ Go by Chank – Pizza cones – portable pizza
- Dr. Brownies – Plant-based brownie company specializing in all things brownie.
- Dr. Wutzit’s Wonder Balls – Delicious handmade savory balls like Mac ‘n Cheese Lobster Balls, Buffalo Chicken Balls, Cheesesteak Balls and Arancini.
- haagen-dazs – The FIRST and ONLY Haagen-Dazs ice cream truck in the country
- Hello Viet Nam – A restaurant based in Northern Liberties serving Bahn Mis and Vietnamese coffee to take away during this event
- Korea Taqueria – A mix of Korean and Mexican, specializing in rich Korean fusion tacos you’ve never experienced before
- Li Ping Corn Company – Fresh & Sweet Hot Roasted Corn on the Cob
- Moocheeze Food Truck – Gourmet Fried, Fudge-Fried Mac & Cheese Balls
- Moshava – Israeli-inspired street food
- stationery food – Birthplace of the Spurrito, inspired by the vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia and a touch of Australian beach culture influence
- Philadelphia nuts – Using the finest ingredients, sourced from the highest quality nuts from the United States and abroad, each blend of flavors is carefully handcrafted
- Piccola Italy – Authentic Italian street food
- Rita’s Italian ice cream – Italian gelato, ice cream and specialty creations
- Taqueria Dos Hermanos – Mexican cuisine (tacos, quesadillas and burritos)
- The little sicilian – Arancini rice balls in all savory flavors
- The chewing machine – inventive sandwiches, snacks and desserts, as well as a few surprises to keep the gang going.
- Vegan, please – Vegan comfort food
- WokWorks – Modern Asian street food with organic noodles and rice bowls
- Bourbon and Branch – cocktails
- The Camino – Margaritas, frozen or over ice in a variety of flavors, plus Vice Night Punch (vodka, lemon, hibiscus jalapeno syrup, watermelon) and Mexi Mai Tais (Bacardi rum, Cazadores Blanco, Blue Curaçao, barley, pineapple, lime )
- Spuntino – beer and wine
- standard faucet – cocktails
- urban village – Selection of Northern Liberties ice cold beers
MANUFACTURERS AND TRADERS
- After the Oak – Jewelry brand in small batches, creating unique pieces of jewelry and art in collaboration with nature
- ArtbyAlicia – Stickers, greeting cards, prints and posters with hand-drawn designs of Philadelphia staples and landmarks
- CONNECT360 – Handmade Kenyan jewelry and clothing
- Contemporary works – Planters, trays, coasters and other colorful and ecological decorations
- Dan does this – Laser engraved art and unique interior decoration
- De’Vora – Pet products
- Electra Vintage – Clothing, accessories and vintage items
- Lily Lough Jewelry – Handmade jewelry
- small brown box – Modern jewelry for women
- Manufacturer Missya – Cement planters and homewares in bright and creative colors
- Play with resin – Handmade resin art
- Ocean Girl Gifts – beach themed jewelry and ceramic ornaments
- Quite cheesy craftsmanship – Handmade decoration and crafts – Horror, sci-fi, gothic, punk rock, pop culture, and more!
- Ray’s Reusables – Bulk household products for sustainable replenishment
- RonDee Productions – Handmade puppets called RONSTERS and other puppet-related merchandise
- SH candles – Hand poured scented soy candles, diffusers and other home accessories
- Natural SCBs – Handmade vegan, organic and eco-friendly soap and wellness products.
- Shady deals on sunglasses – Sunglasses and tie-dye t-shirts
- Cozy baby – Very pigmented nail polish in small quantities and creative ephemeral
- Spaltline Woodworking – Unique puzzles and clocks made of peeling wood (pigmented by mushrooms)
- Terrain textures – Handmade jewelry featuring locally picked mushrooms, ferns and foliage
- Dropped by Petco – Pet products
- Yardsale Press – Hand-cut and screen-printed wooden coasters, pins and tote bags
For some vendors, this is their first major return to the road and to this type of festival since the pandemic. The event will support our region’s thriving food truck and mobile food vendor economy that has been devastating to the industry, while showcasing the scorching food district of Northern Liberties. Over the next two years, it will be the fastest growing neighborhood in the entire city in terms of numbers, with up to 23,000 people ready to move into apartments and new projects on the verge of open or under construction. The population boom has also led to a restaurant boom. The three neighborhood pioneers behind the festival are thrilled and wanted to keep the energy going when their biggest festival was on hiatus.
Entertainment will be DJ Frost and family fun, other music and more! Project Positive Dance Troupe will provide street performers who will flip, twist and turn in outdoor 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 lasting event after it’s gone. This new event has been designed with this idea in mind to reinforce a new regular series of events – especially when the classic Night Market events are on hiatus.
The festival is free and chargeable for food and drink. Bring the kids and the puppies, because this event is completely family-friendly!
Save the date for the 2nd Street Festival on Sunday August 7th and the fall edition of the Northern Liberties Night Market on Thursday September 22nd.
Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer. Philadelphia food scene, South Jersey, the greater Mid-Atlantic region, and beyond.