Time to celebrate dining! The biannual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival is the best way to kick off Manayunk's Restaurant Week in one of the tastiest neighborhoods in the city - Manayunk! Sunday, April 15th from 11am-5pm, rain or shine, Main Street will be closed down for seasonal treats, sidewalk sales, and live music.
Whether you're in the mood for something savory or sweet, there are over 50 of Philadelphia’s best food trucks and gourmet food vendors to choose from at the event. Plan on spending around $15-30 and looking up your train times in advance, it gets pretty packed on Main Street.
Besides the amazing food trucks you’ll find, explore Manayunk’s artisans and participating vendors who sell homemade oils, spices, and even fruits and veggies. A pro tip for those who want to munch while they jam to music, head to Green Lane, Cotton Street, and Shurs Lane where live music performances will be. Entry to the StrEAT Food Festival is free and the whole event is family-friendly.
What makes this event really spectacular is the fact that starting, owning, and operating a food truck isn’t an easy job. In fact most of the makers you will see Sunday are working an average of 12 hours a day. The competition is fierce in Philly and many find the margins slim, even without a brick-and-mortar restaurant to maintain. Permitting, regulations and fees devour a huge chunk of sales (the same goes for ingredients) and if you think about everything that goes into a Food Truck’s equation for success – you’ll be wowed at the spirit and Entrepreneurship at Manayunk’s StrEAT Food Festivalthis year.
We picked our top 5 favorite food trucks that will be attending to give you a little background on their humble beginnings and menus.
The Cow and the Curd
Curd is the word for #1 on our list and remember: all cheese was once a curd! A Wisconsin culinary staple, cheese curds are a total mid-west favorite. In fact – cheese curds are actually the worlds most craved regional food. If you don’t believe us ask little Miss Muffet or try the Cow and the Curd this coming StrEAT Food Festival. Their cheesy-grin gallery is all the evidence you need to get down with beer battered Wisconsin cheese curds this year.
The Flying Pie Guy
Mike Peacock aka The Flying Pie Guy brings his family Australian recipe to life via his food truck by serving Aussie Pies. Keeping close to his family’s tradition is key for Mike, The flying pie guy’s Aussie pies are made with all natural, savory and delicious farm-to-table, natural ingredients. Besdies the Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival, The Flying Pie Guy's pies are a huge hit and even make appearances for wedding receptions and corporate events in Philadelphia. This year his truck will be serving up savory rolls, special sauces, Bundaberg soft drinks, and of course.. the Aussie pies.
Milk and Sugar
Two ladies walking into a bakery may very well sound like the start of some kind of joke – but that’s just how Milk + Sugar had their humble beginnings. If you love cake and girl power, you’ll want to stop by Marcel and Brittany’s magical concept bakery treats. These girls use simple fresh ingridents that give their treats a special flavor and texture that you might need seconds of. The Street food fest is known to have seasonal fruit inspired cakes, pure extracts, and gourmet spices.
My Four Suns
Voted one of the hottest places to eat by NJ.com and winner of the Chaddsford Winery hearty soup competition, My Four Suns is a Korean Asian fusion food truck that was founded for a beautiful reason: to honor the owner’s late mother Haeng Sun. Haeng’s life passions were her family, food, and traditional Korean fare. The Four comes from Haeng's four grandsons. These anti-gourmet eats are meant to bring you back to a more simple Korean childhood. The menu at the StrEAT Food Festival will feature some other Four Suns favorites like Korean style hot wings and tornado pasta.
Waffles and Wedges
A brilliant collaboration between food and flavors you'll find abroad mixed with a twist of Philadelphia, Waffles and Wedges brings a unique menu to the StrEAT Food Festival every year. Enjoy large waffles from scratch with a plethora of unique toppings. The Waffles and Wedges team make their potatoes baked not fried and serve mouth watering pretzel bun sandwiches - Philly style. This truck makes our list because of their awesome vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options that they offer. Their eco-friendly paper products and utensils doesn't hurt either.