2nd Street Festival occupies Northern Liberties for 11th year

Hadas Kuznits
August 02, 2019 - 11:21 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Over the past decade, the food scene in Northern Liberties has completely evolved.

When Standard Tap owner William Reed helped co-found the 2nd Street Festival in 2008, restaurants were just starting to pop up in the neighborhood. Now, there's a thriving, creative, diverse culinary scene.

"Nobody's just trying to follow a trend. People really are passionate about what they're doing and leading with their hearts — or maybe their stomachs — but they're doing what they want to do," Reed said.

At the 11th annual festival on Sunday, he said they'll not only be showcasing neighborhood restaurants, but also some of the city's best food trucks.

"The wood-fired pizza oven on the back of Nomad Pizza. It's like a 1960, 1950-something flat-bed with a full masonry oven on the back that's wood-fired. They run that thing at close to 800 degrees. It's amazing."

There will be plenty of sweets, too, like homemade popsicles, sno-cones that you sweeten yourself, and, of course, lots of culinary-inspired drinks.

"At El Camino, they're taking whole pineapples, coring them right in front of you, mashing them right in front of you, making a rum drink, and putting it right back in and giving you a whole pineapple," he said. "For us (as Standard Tap), we're going to be crushing — I don't know how many watermelons — making all that stuff just for cocktails."

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The festival runs along Second Street from Spring Garden Street to Girard Avenue, and Reed expects their biggest crowd yet.

"We might see 50,000 people out there, which I would have never dreamed of back in 2008."

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