Manayunk Kicks Off Restaurant Week with Annual StrEAT Food Festival

Rainy weather didn’t stop people from heading out to explore some of Philadelphia’s best food vendors over the weekend.

The familiar hum of generators filled Manayunk’s historic Main Street for the annual StrEAT Food Festival. Over 50 of Philadelphia’s best food trucks and gourmet food vendors lined the street on Sunday despite the chilly weather.

“It’s delicious, it’s a little cold, but it’s definitely worth coming out when you can eat stuff like this,” said Shannon Reilly of Abington as she showed off her sandwich. “It’s so good, it’s like breakfast, lunch all rolled up into one.”

“This is my first time here,” said David Kremer of King of Prussia. “I got a crispy chicken sandwich with bacon and some kind of sauce, and it’s absolutely delicious.”

People enjoyed a wide variety of foods, from savory sandwiches and sides to sugary desserts. Roasted corn on the cob and Philly Fry fries were popular picks throughout the crowds.

Temple senior Mitch Dugan appreciated not only the food, but also the business side of the festivities.

“I can definitely see why they do this every year, I think this is great for the local businesses around here. It gets a lot of people down here on Main Street, so it’s a really good thing,” explained Dugan.

The one-day festival served as the kickoff celebration for Manayunk’s Restaurant Week. Some of the street vendors plan to participate throughout the week at their main locations along Main Street.

“We’ve got a place right at the bus station down the street, so we love coming out, seeing the neighbors, seeing the community,” expressed Caroline Bird of Deke’s Bar-B-Que.

“We come out here for every street festival that we have in here in Manayunk, we’ve supported it wholeheartedly,” said David Boyle of Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar. “We love it, so we always do the Jake’s crab cakes… it’s a wonderful experience.”

Temple students will have the opportunity to experience a similar event right on campus. TU Foodie Fest kicks off the evening of April 24th on 13th street. More information can be found by following Temple Student Activities on social media @tuactivities.

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