Philly food is so much more than cheesesteaks. Let us show you.
No matter the season, Philadelphia has no shortage of food and drink festivals—and has, in fact, some pretty damned good ones. It is surprising, then, that it has taken until now to put on the inaugural Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival, the first annual celebration of the sandwich which Philadelphia is, for better or for worse, wholly associated with. The event will take place on Saturday, October 24th from 11a – 5p at Lincoln Financial Field.
Any Philadelphian worth his salt already has a favorite ‘steak and will fight to the death to defend it, but the festival will work well as a testing ground for anyone who hasn’t lived in the city since birth, or would like to branch out a bit. There will be over 40 vendors offering cheesesteaks in the form of 1 ½” samples or various creative versions (think cheesesteak eggrolls, dumplings, etc.), the names of which will be released later this month. There will be vegetarian and gluten free options at the festival, as well as beer available for purchase.
Tickets come in three appropriately-named tiers, starting at the $20 “Witout” ticket that will get you admission to the event (after which, vouchers for cheesesteak samples can be bought at your leisure for 5 for $10). For $40, with “Wit” ticket will get you admission, 10 cheesesteak samples, and a cheesesteak festival t-shirt. Finally, the $60 “The Works” ticket comes with 20 samples, a t-shirt, access to the VIP area, and vouchers for a ride each on the mechanical bull and a zipline. Children 5 and under can enter for free, and children aged 6-12 will cost $10.
In addition to the overwhelming amount of cheesesteaks, the festival will also include entertainment from three bands and two DJs, carnival games, and the aforementioned mechanical bull and zipline. There will also be a slew of Philly-related craft vendors at the festival. If that isn’t enough, there will also be a cheesesteak eating competition. Finally, the festival hopes to bring the record for world’s largest cheesesteak back to Philadelphia with a cheesesteak that’s over 450 feet long. That won’t be a waste of food at all.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at cheesesteakfest.com, and if you love cheesesteaks or are curious what the hype is about, this will be the perfect event for you. Expand your horizons, see if you really like cheesesteaks, or just come to check out what is surely to be excellent people watching—especially during the cheesesteak eating contest. If nothing else, you’ll get to hang out at the Linc for a few hours without having to put up with the Eagles. The event practically pays for itself!