For a while there I didn’t think I’d get through May. Life and work, as it does, got in the way this past month but I made sure to enjoy the city’s pretty sweet segway into spring. Philly is known for its warm weather festivals and this month we got a few of them in. Each had a different flavor. Additions from each fest are now part of my Philly favorites list.
Mayfest #1: Rittenhouse Row. Personality: As should be expected in Rittenhouse, there was a fair mix of upper-middle class families and yuppie couples shuffling through the streets with their hands in each others back pockets. I'm eye-rolling, but I secretly love it. Favorites: Lobster rolls and Sam Adams from Luke’s Lobster; hot tots from The Tot Cart; and uber trendy robes from the best boutique hotel chain in Philly, Kimpton Hotels.
Mayfest #2: South Street Festival. Personality: So much lederhosen you wouldn’t know what to do with yourself. While this fest screamed WE LOVE GERMANY, the vibe was humble and homegrown. Favorites: It wouldn’t be Philly without good ol’ Yards that people sipped maturely from DAS BOOT; keeping with the German theme, Laugenbrezel (pretzels) from Brauhaus Schmidtz; and lots ‘o jigging round ‘n round the maypole.
Mayfest #3: Night Market Philadelphia in Old City. Personality: Fit for foodies -- athaynkya very much -- but this one was too crowded. While I'm usually partial to my own neighborhood, I can’t give a glowing review to the Food Trust’s “what could have been awesome” food-truck fair because the mobs were so out of control. Good news is there are still two more locations to attend this summer. For more info on the next two Night Markets, click here. Favorites: the scratch biscuits from the pop up at Supper Philly; the moment I joined the Mac Mart truck cult once and for all; and a good collab by Visit Philly and the Food Trust on social engagement i.e. #visitphilly #nightmkt.