Friday, November 12, 2010
It’s Blocktoberfest Baby!
Tis’ the season for outdoor festivities and Blocktoberfest, the annual Christian Street block party is 100% into the festivis spirit. On Saturday, October 16th from 12noon – 8pm, celebrate the food, drinks and music of the fall between 20th and 21st on Christian. Blocktoberfest has been accumulating sponsors and vendors to make this second annual block party one to remember. Here’s a rundown of what to expect.
The Bites These days, every respectable outdoor event must include some of the cities best food trucks. Expect tasty treats from Koja, a U-Penn campus Korean and Japanese food truck, The Dapper Dog, the late night food truck usually stationed on 2nd and Poplar with the creative combo dogs and Coup de Taco another University City transplant. No Twitter stalking will be needed to find Honest Tom’s Taco Truck this Saturday – the coordinates are locked at Blocketoberfest. The Sugar Philly truck will be on location as well to satisfy everybody’s sweet tooth.
The Brews What goes perfectly with a fall festival? Some local brews, of course. With 11 different breweries rep-ing three different brews each and even some gleuten free selections, there will definitely be something for everyone including varieties from Bell’s, Blue Point Brewing Company, Dock Street, Ithaca Beer Co, Ommengang, Sly Fox, Troegs, Victory, Yards, Weyerbacher and more.
Beer passes are required and will be available in advance for $10 ($12 the day of the event) entitling festival-goers to three 12oz drinks - none of that half full, little plastic cup, tasting action. These are full, official, complimentary Blocktoberfest beer steins.
Beer passes can be purchased online or at one of the Blocktoberfest box office locations; Beauty Shop Café at 20th and Fitzwater or Sidecar Bar & Grille at 22nd and Christian.
The Tunes Headlined by The Budos Band, Blocktoberfest is bringing out nationally recognized and emerging artists and musicians including The Love Language, Cozy Galaxies, Allo Darlin’, Strange Engineers, New Pony and DJ Handsome Sam to keep it moving between sets.
Proceeds from Bloktoberfest go toward the architectural preservation of Shiloh Baptist Church at 2040 Christian St, a neighborhood landmark listed in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and designed by Frank Furness in 1868.
The event is also bicycle friendly and will offer bike parking via bike racks donated by Bicycle Therapy, at 22nd and South.
This article was written for and can be viewed at philly2night.com.