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SOUTH STREET SPRING FESTIVAL RETURNS SATURDAY, MAY 5TH WITH 30+ RESTAURANTS, PHILLY TACO CONTEST, MAIFEST, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY AND MORE

South Street Headhouse District serves up the best tastes and sips of the city during South Street Spring Festival, on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 11:00am to 8:00pm. Philadelphia’s largest annual spring block party announces 30+ restaurants, bars, bakeries and food trucks that will fill the 10 blocks of South Street and surrounding streets. Brauhaus Schmitz will return with Maifest on the 700 block with with German beers, dancers, music, food, flower crowns and even a Maypole. The giant all-ages outdoor party will also include the Philly Taco eating contest featuring a Jim’s Steaks cheesesteak wrapped in a giant slice of Lorenzo & Sons pizza. Eat, drink, shop, rock. Philadelphia’s largest – and tastiest – all-ages, all-day, free outdoor block party will have something for everyone! South Street Spring Festival is free and open to the public.  For a roster of events, visit www.southstreet.com and follow @officialsouthst #SouthStFest on Twitter.  For updated line-ups and information, visit southstreet.com and South Street Headhouse District on Facebook. Updates will be made daily leading up to the event.

South Street Spring Festival is presented by South Street Headhouse District, with support from the City of Philadelphia, Specialty Productions, Aversa PR & Events and DVT Entertainment, as well as corporate support from Pepsi (Stage Sponsor), Shipt.com (Family Zone Sponsor), and from Nature’s Promise, Blue Buffalo, and  the Beasley Broadcast Group (95.7 Ben FM, 93.3 WMMR, 102.9 WMGK Classic Rock, 97.5 WPEN The Fanatic), Yelp Philly and Rock on Philly.

** FOOD AND DRINK

Spring Festival will close South Street to traffic and transform this historic business district into one of the city’s largest block parties. Enjoy al fresco dining and sips from 30+ restaurants, bars, vendors and food trucks. Look for everything from free samples, to special one-off dishes, to signature favorites, to specially priced grab-and-go. Pricing will vary by vendor and ranges from free samples to pay-as-you-go.

·         ** New:  Ants Pants – Maple Bacon Sandwich, Caprese Sandwich, Green Smoothie
·         Bahn Mi & Bottles – Chicken, pork, shrimp or tofu skewers / scallions and butter corns, three types of draft beer (IPA, Lager, Cider), coconut mixed drinks, cocktails

·          Bistro Romano – Macaroni & cheese, beef shortribs, fresh watermelon vodka coolers, house-made yukon gold potato chips with Gorgonzola cheese sauce, cannolis
·         Brauhaus Schmitz – Sausage platter with potato salad and sauerkraut; roast pork platter with potato salad and sauerkraut, french fries
·         Copabanana – Copa Burger, margaritas, beer
·         Fat Tuesday- New Orleans original daiquiris (variety of flavors), can and draft beer, frozen margaritas
·         Hurricane Alley – Burger, margaritas, beer
·         Jim’s Steaks South Street –  Cheesesteaks
·         ** New:  Las Bugambilias – Margaritas and Jarritos (Mexican soda)
·         Lovash –  Indian cuisine specialties
·         MilkBoy – Chicken Cheesesteaks
·         Nomad Pizza –  Wood fired pizza fired in pop-up oven in the street
·         Paddy Wacks –  Draft beer, cocktails and bottled beer
·         ** New: Puyero Venezuelan Flavors – Empanadas, tequenos, arepas, fried yuca
·         Queen Village Food Market – Virgin Pina Colada in fresh pineapples, whole fruit bananas and apples, mixed fresh fruit cups, baklava and spinach pie
·         Stateside Vodka – Cocktails
·         Sweet Life Bakeshop – Banana pudding, cupcakes, popcorn, bottled beverages
·         The Twisted Tail –  Chicken skewers, pork sausage, hamburgers, grilled corn on the cob, grilled asparagus, beer hamburgers, sausage, corn on the cob, Mint juleps
Food trucks:
·         Basset’s Ice Cream – Ice cream
·         Cow & the Curd – Various assortment of fried cheese curds
·         ** New:  Deke’s BBQ  (BBQ) – BBQ
·         Dr. Wutzits Wonder Balls – Fried Mac N cheese balls, other wonder balls
·         Gus’ Hot Dogs – Assorted gourmet hotdogs
·         Lil’ Pop Shop –  Unique ice pops hand-crafted in small batches from a seasonal assortment of fresh, natural, locally-sourced ingredients
·         Mom Pops –  All Natural gourmet, vegan, allergen friendly ice-pop
·         MomMom’s Polish Cart –  Pierogis and other Polish specialties
·         ** New: Papermill Food Truck –  Spurritos
·         Revolution Taco Truck –  Full menu of tacos, chips and salsa, more

Cafe seating and outdoor service:
·         Ishkabibbles
·         Jon’s Bar & Grill
·         Las Bugambilias
·         Pietro’s Pizza
·         Pizzeria Stella

·          Woodrow’s Sandwiches

Artisan and local specialty food products:

·         Rita’s Water Ice
·         St Lucifer Spice
·         Others are to be announced
Other:
·          Mad Rex Restaurant and Virtual Reality Lounge will offer free virtual reality in a pop-up VR lounge inside the Free Comic Book area near Atomic City Comics

** MAIFEST

The 6th Annual Maifest by Brauhaus Schmitz will take over the 700 block of South Street with food, drinks, dancers and live music, all free and open to the public; limited VIP tickets are available now. Open to the public, Maifest has quickly become a beloved Annual South Street Spring Festival tradition of food, drinks and live music. Maifest is free to attend, with pay-as-you-go food and beer, and limited VIP Tickets.

Maifest brings the sweet taste of Germany to the South Street spring festival with authentic German food, liters of beer, flower crown making, schnapski tent, German Hungarian Dancers and live music from the Heimatklänge band.
VIP Tickets include an appetizer buffet, served from Noon to 6:00pm, along with access to private restrooms, a commemorative beer stein, exclusive beers in the VIP Brauer Bund Bierhall and seven tokens good for a beer or food item each ($100 per person; click here to purchase). Individual tokens can be purchased for $7 each, or buy 10 tokens for $60, good for use on food and beer throughout the day. Note: The regular menu will not be served inside this day, food is available outside or through a VIP ticket.

VIP TICKETS:

TICKETS:
1 Token = $7
10 Tokens = $60
1 Token = 1 16OZ. BEER
2 Tokens = 1 LITER BEER
1 Token = 1 LITER PLASTIC MUG
1 Token = SCHNAPS SHOT
4 Tokens = SCHNAPSSKI

FOOD OUTSIDE:

1 Token – Roast pork or sausage sandwich with Sauerkraut (choice of one sausage)
2 Tokens – Roast pork or sausage sandwich platter with Sauerkraut and potato salad (two sausages)
Sausage Choices – Bratwurst or Bauernwurst
In addition to the food and drink above, look for the entertainment below:
·         Festival starts and tents open, 11:00am
·         Masskrugstemmen, a liter lift competition, 1:30pm
·         Ceremonial tapping of first keg, 2:00pm
·         Live music Heimatklänge, 2:00pm to 3:00pm
·         Maitanz, official Maypole dance, 3:00pm
·         Live music Heimatklänge, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
·         Holzhacker, German wood-chopping contest, then Schuhplattler, traditional German folk dance 4:30pm
·         Live music Heimatklänge, 5:00pm to 6:00pm
·         Last call, 7:00pm
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens will offer flower crown making for $10.00 each from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, or they are sold out.
Contestants in first-ever Philly Taco eating contest!

** PHILLY TACO EATING CONTEST

The Third Annual Philly Taco Eating Contest will take place on the 5th Street Pepsi Stage at 3:00pm. The legendary challenge of many a late night on South Street, the Philly Taco combines an oversized Lorenzo’s Pizza slice wrapped around a Jim’s cheesesteak. The contest, which will be open to the first 20 contestants, to sign up will be a simple race to the finish line for whomever can finish the mammoth meal the fastest. The prize, a year’s worth of cheesesteaks and Pizza for the winner. Sign ups ahead of time by emailing FESTIVAL@SOUTHSTREET.COM with the subject TACO CONTEST. The entry fee is $25 donation and includes a free t-shirt and a chance to win a year’s worth of cheesesteaks and pizza.The funds raised from the contest will go to helping the school lunch program at local neighborhood schools.

** CINCO DE MAYO

South Street Spring Festival welcomes our first Mariachi band winding down the street this year – stay tuned for details and exact times. South Street businesses Copabanana, Fat Tuesday and Las Bugambilas will all serve margaritas. Revolution Taco Truck will serve their award-winning tacos, chips and salsa and other fare to celebrate Cinco. Also, look for many restaurants and bars to serve up their finest tacos and margaritas – and other Cinco de Mayo specialties.

South Street Cinema (327 South) will cap the Cinco De Mayo Celebracion with a screening of the comedy classic, “The Three Amigos,” starring Chevy Chase, Steve Martin & Martin Short at 8:00pm.

** KENTUCKY DERBY

Look for many South Street bars to show the Kentucky Derby – including Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, Twisted Tail, Paddy Wacks, O’Neals and many others. Nothing beats the winner crossing the finish line with thousands of your fellow fans cheering up and down the street. The applause is contagious!

** MUSIC

This year’s South Street Spring Festival will keep the crowd dancing in the street from start to stop. Three main stages (at 2nd, 5th, and 8th Streets) as well as numerous street performance locations along the festival will showcase many of the region’s rising stars.  The street will reverberate with tunes ranging from New Orleans jazz, funk and soul, country, jam bands, indie rock, and the blues.  Curated by DVT Entertainment, this line-up of musical talent features a diverse array of styles offers something for everyone.

Twenty popular local music acts will perform throughout the day – including:

5th Street – Stage 2
12:00pm The Royal Mix (Kids Hip Hop)
1:00pm Briz and the Revival (Neo Soul, Jazzy RnB)
2:00pm Greg Sover Band (Blues Rock)
3:00pm My Funky Brethren  (Hip Hop, Funk, Soul)
4:00pm Matt Cappy (Jazz, Neo Soul)
5:00pm Bazmati Vice (Funk, Jam)
6:00pm Peace and the City Grease (Funk)
7:00pm XPresidents (ShredHop)

2nd Street Stage 2

12:10pm Liberty Bellows (Accordion)
1:10pm E.Joseph and The Sparrows (Indie Rock)
2:10pm Tubey Frank (Country, Punk, Psychedelia)
3:00pm Note: Philly Taco Eating Contest Between Sets
3:10pm Stargazer Lily (Alt Pop)
4:10pm Vanderlye (Pop Rock)
5:10pm Thee Idea Men  (Blues Rock)
6:10pm Dr. Beardfacé and the Spaceman (Proto Punk/ Alternative)
7:10pm Shadowplay (Pop Rock)

8th St. Stage – Maifest by Brauhaus Schmitz
1:00pm to 6:00pm HeimatKlange

** FREE COMIC BOOK DAY AND FREE VIRTUAL REALITY

For the true believers of the world the first Saturday in May is known as Free Comic Book Day (FCBD).  Celebrated at comic shops and libraries nationwide, Atomic City Comics, located at 638 South Street, has always offered the biggest and most dynamic FCBD event in Philadelphia, and this year is no exception. Come dressed in your favorite character this year and show the world if you are a hero or villain. Look for Fishtown’s Mad Rex Restaurant and Virtual Reality Lounge to offer free virtual reality games and experiences in a pop-up virtual reality lounge.  Fleischer Art will also be on hand with live model drawings of super heroes and villains as a new addition this year. Philly Ghostbusters will also bring the ECTO-1 for photo opportunities.

** FREE FAMILY FUN AND FREE PONY RIDES

Look for free family fun for kids of all ages in the new family area on the 500 block sponsored by Shipt.com – including magicians, balloon makers, kids’ games, inflatable fun and more. Pony rides will be provided free from Allied Entertainment and the new DreamWorks Animation’s show, Spirit Riding Free. Look for other entertainment and surprises to be announced this week.
** ARTISTS AND MAKERS

Look for the largest selection of handmade gift items from local makers, artists and crafters this year – with over sixty vendors signed up to date, including:

50/50 company
Adorned by Aisha
Alhamako African Art
American Princess
Anoki Boutique
Beaucycled
Black Ink Art
Blu Leaves Jewelry
BoldFoldz
Bucks County Flowers & Things
Carol’s Custom Birdhouses
Cool Shades
Corry’s Cool Stuff
Designs by Karen
Dhalia Phirun
Dogs in Doors
East Coast Ink
EmKay Bead Designs
GG Afrikan Boutique
Gourmet Candle
Hausler Collection,
Hello Addie
JT’s Shirts & Sunglasses
Latin Crafts
Life Art
Little Marrakesh Bazaar
Live Decent
Makin It Designs
Lizzie & Bennette
Lough & Co LLC
Mavazi Couture
Munch’s Antiques
MXI/ BxYaself
Night Owl Designs
Noah’s Cellular
Penny Lane Boutique
Orange Gardenia Jewelry
Panache Jewelry
Parcel Island
Passionately Natural Soap
Paul Carpenter Art
Pelican Pearl Designs
Philly Word Art
PYKNIC
RD Shadez
Ren Jewelry
Shibe Vintage Sports
Slade Unlimted
Slam Dunk Spice Boys
Steve’s Urban Lumber
Stone Cooper
Street LLC
Tapestries & More
Thai Closet
The Honeyed Hive
Unique Not Freak
Wander Boutique
Willow Street Pictures
Wolf Pig
Wrong World Ceramics
Yan Yan

** OTHER SURPRISES AND VENDORS

Families can enjoy family oriented activities and vendors spread throughout the festival. Over 100 boutiques, small businesses and other other retailers will cater to your style, beauty, health, fitness and other shopping needs. Here’s a sampling of what to look for:

SSHD BUSINESSES

Atomic City Comics
Barkadelphia
BridgeSet Sound
Eye’s Gallery
Frain Farmer’s Insurance
Garland of Letters
Pet Snobs
Philly AIDS Thrift
Pimp My Tee
Plumer Realtors
RE/MAX
South Street Cinema
Sprint
TLA
T-Mobile
Tattooed Mom
Urban Princess
Whole Animal Gym (WAG)
Wireless Zone – Verizon

NON-PROFITS

Agora Cyper Charter School
The Attic Youth Center
Fleisher Art Memorial
Flying Dutchman Foundation
Friends of South Street Mini Station
Ideate – Resources for Human Development
Old Pine Community Center
Philadelphia Bar Association
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

OTHER VENDORS

Camp BowWow
Passanante’s Home Food Service
Trapezium Math Club
Allied – Kimmell
State Farm
Verizon Fios
Barkly Pets
Inspire Energy
Vision Group Holdings
** FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

South Street Spring Festival is free and open to the public. All music concerts are free! Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. Twenty-one and up with identification to drink.

ABOUT SOUTH STREET HEADHOUSE DISTRICT

South Street Headhouse District is a renowned commercial corridor and home to over 400 unique businesses, including some of the best restaurants, retailers, and services in the region. South Street Headhouse District, home of historic Fabric Row and Philadelphia Magic Gardens, is also one of the top tourist destinations in Philadelphia, with over one million visitors each year.  Surrounded by the historic neighborhoods of Society Hill, Queen Village, Bella Vista, and Washington Square West, the South Street Headhouse District is great place to eat, shop, play, and live.

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