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Seen: La Festa Italian Street Festival

Filitalia International and Foundation, with support from East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, presented La Festa Italian Street Festival on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Proceeds benefit Italian Immigration Museum located on the avenue.

The annual event was held on East Passyunk (between Broad and Moore) from 11am to 7PM, continuously despite a bit of rain after 4PM. The all-ages street festival featured the much-anticipated South Philly spaghetti eating contest, live music, dancing, food, beer, wine, contests, prizes, vendors, shopping, wine-making demos, vodka water ice, and culinary displays.

There was family fun with lots of children’s games, moon bounce, trampoline, orbitron, duck pond, trackless train rides, water gun fun, soccer games, face painting, and more.

As a bonus, double your fun with East Passyunk Craft Beer Day, as part of Philly Beer Week, on the same date and at the same time over 15+ East Passyunk bars and restaurants.

The Philadelphia Police and Paramedics are hiring this month.

La Festa, nicknamed after La Festa Della Repubblica and Italian National Day, is an Italian national holiday that celebrates when Italy became a republic in 1946. Many of the Museum’s Board of Directors, volunteers and members of the community immigrated here from Italy – or are first and second generation Italians. Each year, the local board and volunteers come together with the East Passyunk community to throw a celebration to mirror the festivals in Italy.

La Festa is organized by Festival Director Saverio Nestico (red shirt), along with an annual committee of volunteers that includes Nick Volpe, Kelly Alexander, Henry Amanto, Miguel Luzon, David Milano, Ray DeJohn and Joseph Rossetti.

She was excited to come in 3rd, check out who came in FIRST and SECOND, and what everyone won over on Philly Voice.

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Good Fun, Good Food Events – What to Wear, What Is There

Hey guys, sorry I am late posting today, so many events happening and lots of processing of photos going on. I’ll make it up to you like right now. I’m going to tell you about three cool events happening this weekend that you can go to…they’re fun, and delicious. I’ll be shooting each of them so bring your smile.

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9th Annual South Street Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 12:00pm to 8:00pm

For the 9th year in a row, Oktoberfest will be held in front of the restaurant on the 700 block of South Street beneath a massive tent, rain or shine. Guests can attend and purchase beers and food on a pay-as-you-go basis or upgrade to an exclusive VIP package- including no-wait bathrooms, a Bavarian buffet from 1-6pm, six tokens good for beer, official Brauhaus Oktoberfest t-shirt, drawstring bag and a glass liter stein filled with “Oktoberfest survival supplies” to take home, all for $115, tax and gratuity included (limited tickets available).

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With 10 German beers available on draught, a wealth of German food, live Oom-pah music, German dancers and more, it is one of the fall’s most exciting food-and-drink events and a do-not-miss celebration for beer lovers!!

12:00 PM FESTIVAL BEGINS

1:30 PM LITER LIFT COMPETITION

2:00 PM BAND BEGINS

2:00 PM CEREMONIAL KEG TAPPING

3:00 PM SCHUHPLATTLER & FOLK DANCING

3:30 – 4:30 PM BAND

4:30 PM HOLZHACKER, SCHUHPLATTLER & FOLK DANCING

5:00 – 6:00 PM BAND

8:00 PM LAST CALL

 

All of the Oktoberfest fun is open to the general public, but a select number of VIP tickets are available too. WE DO NOT HAVE OUR REGULAR MENU SERVED. FOOD IS AVAILABLE OUTSIDE OR THROUGH THE VIP PASSES.

 

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Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia

Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia presents the 2nd Annual Outstanding in Her Field Farm Dinner, this year honoring local food advocate Ann Karlen. The event will take place on Sunday September 17, 2017 at The Inn at Grace Winery in Glen Mills. Guests will have the opportunity to sample locally sourced cuisine and sip wines made on the property.

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The dinner’s honoree, Ann Karlen, has been long time food advocate in her community, helping to found Fair Food, a non-profit organization formed in 2000 to build a local food economy for the Delaware Valley region by connecting family farms to the Philadelphia marketplace.

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Tickets are on sale now starting at $125 and can be purchased at bit.ly/ticketslesdames2017

Philadelphia has a storied culinary history, and professional women have been integral to the development of restaurants, catering companies, farms and food production since the city was founded.

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In order to honor this heritage, Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia developed Outstanding In Her Field in 2016 to recognize a Philadelphia-area woman for her accomplishments in the food, beverage or hospitality  industry.

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“We are thrilled to return to Inn at Grace Winery for our 2nd Annual Outstanding in Her Field Farm Dinner,” said Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia Event Co-Chair and President Natanya DiBona. “Our annual dinner an incredible event that  brings together chefs, producers and foodies alike in a beautiful setting among the vines of this famous vineyard.  It celebrates the accomplishments of a pioneering woman in food, like Ann Karlen, while raising scholarship money to support the next generation of women in food.”

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Up on the Roof – The Chefs of Passyunk at Bok Bar – NEW DATE!!!!
Monday, September 18, 2017
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Bok Bar (1901 S. 9th Street)
Presented by East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District
http://www.visiteastpassyunk.com/

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Twenty chefs from East Passyunk Avenue come together for a special culinary event at one of the most beautiful rooftop sites in the city. East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District presents the second year for “Up On The Roof – The Chefs of Passyunk at Bok Bar” on Monday, September 18, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

 Participating chefs will be serving some of their favorites dishes from their restaurants, as well as one-time specials made exclusively for the event. Tickets will go on sale by the end of August at www.visiteastpassyunk.com. Proceeds from this special community benefit support the programs and activities of EPABID.

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Back at Bok, 20 of East Passyunk’s award-winning chefs Up on the Roof at the Bok Bar for hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, a cash bar, and DJ Christophonic Monday, September 18th. Tickets are $40 per person and include hors d’oeuvres prepared and passed by East Passyunk’s chefs. There’s Free Parking across the street from Bok Bar in the school playground.

In the case of inclement weather the event will be held on Tuesday, September 19.

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The Ultimate Philly Christmas/Holiday Tree Lighting List + #PhillyHolidays

The Ultimate Philly Christmas/Holiday Tree Lighting List & #PhillyHolidays

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and much earlier than ever. Over the past couple years the trees of the City seemed to be lit in the first week of December, but it seems this year the powers to be sensed we needed Christmas right this very minute.

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Comcast Light Show
Credit: Photo courtesy Comcast

TONIGHT: Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees – Woodmere Art Museum at 9201 Germantown Avenue
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 5:30–7:00 p.m. FREE

Family and friends come together to celebrate the annual tree lighting and the beginning of Chestnut Hill’s holiday season. Enjoy live music, hot chocolate, cookies, and a special surprise guest. Families are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a charity for underprivileged children. Sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Business and Community Association.tree

Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Storetree

and say hi to Stephen Kerzner for me.

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Another Christmas Tree Making Spirits Bright before Thanksgiving is the Philadelphia Museum of Art Tree which is being lt on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Standing at almost fifty feet tall, the Museum’s holiday tree will sparkle down the Parkway with solar-powered lights. Kick off the season with us at this public event.

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. 
Light refreshments, live performances, and ugly sweaters on the East Terrace.

5:45 p.m.
Official countdown and tree lighting

’til 8:45 p.m.
The Museum will remain open with Pay What You Wish admission. Head inside and visit the galleries.

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Then next Saturday, after the jolly one arrives on Thanksgiving, The City lights their tree. I know firsthand Mayor Jim Kenney is excited. Last year he told me he’d be moving the tree out from the City Hall Courtyard and out to Dilworth Park, cause the Tree is the People’s Tree and everyone should be able to see it. On Thursday, Mayor Kenney placed the first ornament on the tree.

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 Saturday, November 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving…from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza.

  • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. is the Entertainment
  • 6:30 p.m. is the long-awaited tree lighting hosted by Mayor Jim Kenney
  • 6:40 – 7:00 pm – more holiday entertainment

 

Ø  Saturday, November 26 Manayunk Tree Lighting

Ø  Tuesday, November 29Rittenhouse Row Tree Lighting

Ø  Thursday, December 1 from 5-7pm – East Passyunk Tree Lighting – Deck the Ave with the annual Tree Lighting Party at the Singing Fountain on  + holiday fun all month long!

Deck the Ave! The ‘Deck the Ave’ holiday campaign will kick off on Saturday, November 26 with Small Business Saturday on the Avenue, offering special events, sales and more. This holiday season, we’ll also be featuring weekly photos with Santa, ‘PassyunkShops’ shopping specials, and Arctic Ave, a day-long festival with live ice carvings.

 

A list of fun #PhillyHolidays Events.

Ø  Friday, November 25 –  SEPTA Santa Express at Dilworth Park

                                    –   Macy’s Christmas Light Show& Dickens Village Begins

11/18/16 Friday evening they unveiled their windows, and they were spectacular. I love that we have a Macy’s

Ø  Sunday, November 27Christmas Village Grand Opening at City Hall

Ø  Friday, December 2 – WinterFest Tree Lighting at Penn’s Landing

 

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Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park 

November 11, 2016 – February 27, 2017 

The holiday season kicks off early with the opening of Rothman Institute Ice Rink & Cabin. Skaters and non-skaters alike can relax in the cozy cabin over seasonal snacks, frosty beers and warm beverages, Themed events and holiday activities take place throughout the season. For more information, visit Center City District’s website. 

 America’s Garden Capital Maze 

November 11, 2016 – February 27, 2017 

This new attraction brings a festive winter garden to Dilworth Park. It features willow-branch archways, a variety of seasonal perennials, trees and shrubs and several topiary sculptures that showcase all 32 of the public gardens, arboreta and historic landscapes that are located in the Philadelphia region. For more information, visit Center City District’s website. 

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This year they have a carousel – $3 a ride  (Aversa PR shot)

 

Christmas Village 

November 19-20; November 24 – December 24, 2016 

Philadelphia’s German-style Christmas Village returns again this year, but with a new location—City Hall! This holiday favorite lets shoppers find the perfect gifts from Germany and around the world, including glass ornaments, handcrafted jewelry, music boxes, nutcrackers and more. Shoppers can also enjoy hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts during their visit. For more information, visit the Christmas Village website. 

 Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market 

November 19 – December, 24, 2016 

Holiday shoppers can stock up on handcrafted goods made by local artists, crafters and designers at the holiday market in Dilworth Park. Also available: lots of yummy Philly foods that will satisfy shoppers’ cravings and/or make great gifts. For more information, visit Center City District’s website.   Vibrant neighborhoods within Philadelphia offer holiday sing-alongs, parades and tree-lighting festivities. Join Chestnut Hill on November 19; Manayunk on November 26; Rittenhouse Square on November 29 and South Street on December 4. 

 Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show  

November 10 – December 31, 2016 (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) 

The free show, presented by PECO, incorporates a giant lighted kite and 50,000 lights choreographed to holiday music. The show runs every 30 minutes from 4 to 8 p.m. on weeknights and 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Other festivities include visits from Santa, rides on the holiday train and carousel, min-golf and the brand new Ben’s Bites & Brews. There’s also a family-friendly 6 p.m. Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown and Dance Party with fireworks. For more information, visit Historic Philadelphia’s website.