The Food Trust created a premier street food festival, a premier event that shines a light on some of Philly’s best restaurants and food trucks. This event is a nod to the energetic outdoor markets of Asia, creating a showcase for the various Philadelphia neighborhoods and communities. Details Magazine named Night Market Philadelphia one of the “Top 5 Nighttime Markets in the Nation” Delish named it one of the "Best Night Markets: 13 of the World's Late-Night Foodie Havens"
The first Night Market took place in East Passyunk in 2010, since then the Food Trust has hosted more than ten Night Markets, the most recent installment on the legendary South Street. The South Street Night Market took over nine blocks, from Front to 9th Street, with nearly 80 food and beverage trucks, including beer by Sixpoint Brewing stationed throughout the festival. The August event also included a diverse selection of street performers, musical acts, and other entertainers curated by Philadelphia's magic Gardens ART/GAGE and produced by Mole Street.
The amateur phototogs and social media gurus were also given an opportunity to shine by being featured on the Night Market's Instagram page. Using the hashtags #NightMkt and #SouthStreet market attendees could feature their photos of the event and pick up a free mini print of your Instagram photos.
There were definite stand outs for the evening:
- Alla Spina (Italian for “from the tap”) is the Italian answer to the gastropub, offering pub fare that includes house-made sausages, braised meats and oysters. One of their night market offerings was a spicy, rich, savory sausage cheese steak with a house made cheese sauce, on a house made pretzel roll.
- Esposito's Porchetta creates a roasted pork made from a centuries old recipe the way it's been done in Italy, forever. The porchetta was offered on an italian roll, with provolone cheese or without, perfectly seasoned meat, with a beautifully crisp skin.
- The green juice blend from Sip N Go Juicery may seem to be a strange beverage choice with my pork consumption, but I had to try it. Sip N Go is located on South Street, they are a new kid on the block, and from what I tasted a fantastic addition. The juice was a balanced, sweet, and refreshing blend of kale, cucumber, spinach, and green apple.
- To finish the night I made a dessert stop at Bonjour Creperie. Bonjour Creperie boast authentic French crepes wrapped around traditional and the not so traditional filling. Being the Francophile that I am, it was a requirement. I ordered a warm, sweet crepe filled with fresh strawberries and Nutella, it was decadent ending to the event.
If you are the Philly area next month, be sure to make your way to Night Market Philadelphia, which will be in Philadelphia's China Town on October 3rd.