Every May, 9th Street in South Philly closes down traffic and hosts the multi-block Italian Market Festival. It is one of the best Philadelphia events and takes place on May 18 and 19 this year.
Good food and good people are the order of the day, where blocks of curb vendors and specialty butcher, cheese and cookware shops line the streets along with other street-side merchants.
If you’re not sure what you want to try first, I don’t blame you. Stands offer any kind of food you could want include fresh sausage, antipasto salad, cured meats, mango roses and roast beef sandwiches.
Restaurants on 9th Street also extend their table service to the sidewalk so patrons can eat in the alfresco style and enjoy the open festival atmosphere.
In addition to the food, musicians roam the streets and top chefs also show off the best cooking techniques in open demonstrations.
While the Festival is referred to as “Italian” in nature, over the years, it has grown into a melting pot of varying cuisines and cultures.
If you’d like a hot bowl of pho, you are in luck. Same goes for tacos, tamales and other Mexican choices from La Lupe and Taqueria La Veracruzanas.
For a full schedule and line-up of musicians, check out ItalianMarketFestival.com