Italian Market Festival: What to eat for Philadelphia’s biggest block party

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The event called Philadelphia’s largest block party returned over the weekend after a few years off. Along with bands playing music, games and performances, dozens of vendors line up along South 9th Street for the annual Italian Market Festival, which has been a spring tradition since the 1970s.

Stands stretch from Wharton to Fitzwater streets, including a collection of artists and artisans offering interesting and unique paintings, sculptures, jewelry and other goods. But the most popular tables were those that sold food and drink.

Saturday’s hot weather did not prevent the crowds from showing up, and there is more fun planned on Sunday, with the party running from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Are you planning to leave or do you just want to experience it deputy?

From South Philly Italian classics to Mexican favorites to easy-to-eat sweets and snacks, here’s a selection of 10 of the best things to eat and drink at the festival.

Participants browse the stalls at the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival on Saturday
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Kettle corn from Voodoo

Stirred in a really giant black pot, the freshly popped kettles come in expected flavors like caramel and cheddar or more unusual options like cherry raspberries. The booth is on 9th Street north of Montrose, where big bags cost $ 7.

Kettle corn from Kettle Corn Voodoo
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Cannuli’s pork roast sandwich

It’s a Philadelphia tradition, prepared by a butcher who specializes in meat: this fried pork sandwich with layers of provolone and broccoli rabe is highly recommended. Sandwich costs $ 7 outside the store between Montrose and Carpenter.

Cannuli's pork roast sandwich
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Peroni from Villa in Rome

What better way to celebrate than with an Italian beer? Across the street from Cannuli’s, staff at one of South Philadelphia’s most iconic dining rooms offer red sauce bottles of bottled lager for $ 6 per person. pop.

Peroni from Villa in Rome
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Ravioli from Talluto’s

On the corner of 9th and Carpenter is one of the best fresh pasta producers in town. On ordinary days, the ravioli stand in neat rows in the freezer, but for the festival they were ready to eat, a bowlful of chubby cheese rolls topped with sauce for $ 8.50. Add a meatball or two for a little extra.

Ravioli from Talluto's
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Pina Colada from Los Gallos

Just across from the great music scene on Washington Avenue you will find this eye-catching drink. Pina colada is poured into a hollowed-out pineapple, then topped with whipped cream and garnished with pineapple slices, small umbrellas and flags. Try one for $ 15 or $ 20 with splashes.

Pina Colada from Los Gallos Mexican Taqueria
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Mango on a stick at Alma del Mar.

Take a walk through the crowds and before too long you are sure to see bright orange fruits floating past on a stick. It’s the popular Latin American street food, mango on a stick. This Mexican restaurant just south of Carpenter sells them for $ 5, or $ 6 if you want it grilled and sprinkled with chili spice.

Grilled mango on a stick from Alma del Mar.
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Cannoli from Termini Bros.

This family-owned bakery, known for its cannoli for more than a century, is headquartered on 8th Street, but they always come a quarter past to the market. Located between Carpenter and Kimball streets, they offer the crispy pastry shell filled with sweet ricotta and chocolate chips for $ 5 each.

Cannolis from Termini Bros.
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Cappuccio’s hot dog sandwich

When a slaughterhouse known for its sausages offers to cook them for you, do not refuse change. At a stall on the corner of Kimball brown hot links in Italian style to perfection, after which they are placed with peppers and onions in a soft roll for 10 USD per.

Cappuccio's hot dog sandwich
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Fishtown Iced Tea

The people who ran with this Philly version of Long Island Iced Tea and decided to put it in cans came down from Fishtown to introduce the cocktail that includes vodka, rum, tequila and triple sec. Bonus: At the table near 9th and Ellsworth, you’ll find the drink offered in its original form – the soon-to-be-disappearing Arctic Splash cartons ($ 10).

Fishtown Iced Tea
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Cannoli cookie from Small Oven Bake Shop

From the 22nd and Washington comes this new bakery, which has been supplying all kinds of candy for about three years. Exclusive to the festival, bakers made a cannoli cookie that you can find just south of Ellsworth Street for $ 5 each,

Cannoli cookie from Small Oven Bake Shop
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