150 business owners were spread throughout Green Street and Germantown Avenue while their community celebrated their fourth annual block party. The vendors reflected the festival’s, neighborhood, as about 80 percent of them came from Northern Liberties.
“This is about Northern Liberties showing what it has to offer,” said local resident, Grace Paschal. “It’s a big day for our neighborhood, it’s not just a big block party with random vendors and food. It’s a festival that brings awareness to what Northern Liberties is all about.”
There was a large amount of entertainment. Vendors occupied the streets with merchandise, local businesses, arts and crafts, food, beer gardens, kid programs, and more.
“This is what Philadelphia does best- music, food, and of course beer.” says festival coordinator, Nicky Devine. “We know how to have fun.”
During the day attendees were treated with all kinds of entertainment spanning on four different music and event stages. On one side of the festival you would find musical performances by acts such as The Philadelphia School of Rock and Man Man and on the other side you would find a pie eating contest or a dance show.
“This was a great way to bring attention to all these local businesses,” said festival attendee Michelle Lindsay. “It’s really an up and coming part of the city. So it’s great that they have this festival so people are aware of everything that is offered.”
The festival was originally started after local business owners William Reed of Standard Tap, Owen Kamihira of Bar Ferdinand, and Oron Daskal of North Bowl got together to celebrate their growing community.
“It’s a lot of chiefs,” Reed said. “But we all share the same goal – to put on a great, free festival that brings the community together and brings the street to life.”
Last year the numbers of attendees doubled from the previous year, raising to 16,000 from 8,000. This year it appears even more people came to the festival.
“When we started this festival four years ago, we just wanted to celebrate our neighborhood and have fun doing it,” recalls Oron Daskal. “It’s amazing how much interest it draws now and how much life it brings to 2nd Street.”