South Street Spring Festival Announces Food Line-up, Philly Taco Contest and Maifest

South Street Headhouse District serves up the best tastes and sips of the city during South Street Spring Festival, on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 11:00am to 8:00pm.
PHILADELPHIA - May 1, 2016 - PRLog -- South Street Headhouse District serves up the best tastes and sips of the city during South Street Spring Festival, on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 11:00am to 8:00pm. Philadelphia's largest annual spring block party announces 30+ restaurants, bars, bakeries and food trucks that will fill the 12 blocks of South Street and surrounding streets. Brauhaus Schmitz will return with Maifest on the 700 block with with German beers, dancers, music, food, flower crowns and even a Maypole. The giant all-ages outdoor party will also include a new Philly Taco eating contest featuring a Jim's Steaks cheesesteak wrapped in a giant slice of Lorenzo & Sons pizza. South Street Spring Festival is free and open to the public. Rain or shine.


Spring Festival will close South Street to traffic and transform this historic business district into one of the city's largest block parties. Enjoy al fresco dining and sips from 30+ restaurants, bars, vendors and food trucks. Look for everything from free samples, to special one-off dishes, to signature favorites, to specially priced grab-and-go. Pricing will vary by vendor and ranges from free samples to pay-as-you-go. The list of restaurants, bars and food trucks include:

* Bistro Romano
* Boyler Room
* Brauhaus Schmitz
* Bridget Foy's
* Cavanaugh's Headhouse
* Chewy's
* Circles Thai
* Copabanana/ Hurricane Alley
* Cow & the Curd
* Fat Tuesday
* Gus' Food Cart
* His & Hers Restaurant
* Jerky Hut
* Lil Pop Shop
* Little Bird Bakery
* Lovash
* Milkboy
* Mom Mom's Polish Food
* Paddy Whacks Irish Sports Pub
* Primo Hoagies
* Queen Village Food Market
* Rita's - water ice
* Say Cheese Philly
* St. Lucifer Spice
* Sweet Life Bakeshop
* The Bacon Jams
* Twisted Tail
* Whetstone
* Woodrow's Sandwiches
* Wooly Mammoth


On the 700 block of South Street, Brauhaus Schmitz will present the fourth annual German Maifest. Get ready to celebrate a time when flowers are starting to bloom, the winter chill is fading, and consumption of copious amounts of beer is highly encouraged-at least it is in Germany. Strap on your lederhosen and dirndl, and get ready to enjoy this traditional Deutsch festival fueled by the best German beer list in the country, along with Chef Jeremy Nolen's traditional Bavarian festival food.

Gather around Philadelphia's largest maypole and feast on roast pork, pretzels, and saurkraut. While those 21 and over can enjoy German sips, kids can get their faces painted. Food and drink can be purchased pay-as-you-go.

The schedule for the Maifest stage at 8th and South streets is as follows:

2:00pm to 6:00pm HeimatKlange Live on Stage
2:00pm Ceremonial Keg Tapping
2:45pm Maitanz (Maypole Dance)
3:45pm Holzhacker (Chopping Wood Dance)
4:45pm Schuhplattler (Slapping Feet Dance)

Food and drink highlights include:

- Featured German beers, such as Hofbräu Maibock and Hacker Pschorr Hubertus Bock - two traditional Maifest beers - will be flowing all afternoon, along with other rare and imported beer offerings like Warsteiner and Paulaner.

- Food offerings will include large Bavarian pretzels; roast pork and sausage sandwiches, served with sauerkraut and available with Chef Nolen's famous pork, marjoram, caraway and mace; bratwurst and his hickory-smoked bauernwurst, featuring pork and beef with garlic, pepper and mustard seed;  and roast pork and sausage platters.

- New German long tables and benches have been imported from Germany this year for plentiful seating to enjoy entertainment, food and drink

On top of pay-as-you-go a la carte options, festival-goers also have the options of purchasing VIP passes, which include access to the Brauer Bund Beer Hall, a complimentary appetizer buffet from 12-3 p.m., eight beer tickets, annual Maifest mug, private bathrooms, and more. VIP tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance for $100. For more information on Maifest or to purchase VIP tickets, visit or follow @BrahausSchmitz on Twitter.


South Street Headhouse District celebrates our love of pizza and cheesesteaks by hosting the first annual Philly Taco Eating Contest! The legendary challenge of many a late night on South Street, the Philly Taco combines an oversized Lorenzo & Sons pizza slice wrapped around a Jim's Steaks cheesesteak. The contest, which will be open to the first 20 contestants to sign up,  will be a simple race to the finish line for whoever can finish the mammoth meal the fastest. The prize: a year's worth of cheesesteaks and pizza for the winner. The  $10 entry fee, will be donated to a local school lunch program, and all contestants will received a free t-shirt courtesy Inskter Inc. The Philly Taco Challenge will kickoff at 5:00pm at the 5th Street Stage. To register in advance, email bill at southstreet dot com. On the day of the event, all participants must confirm at the 5th Street Stage between Noon and 2:00pm. Those not registered in advance can show up after 2:00pm to see if spots are still available.

For the full schedule and roster of events, visit and follow @officialsouthst #SouthStFest on Twitter.

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