One of the greatest pleasures of living in South Philadelphia is having the famous Italian Market just a couple of blocks away. I am a food lover. I don’t cook, but I adore eating. If it’s nice weather, I’ll dedicate an hour or two of my Sunday morning walking my dog up and down 9th Street looking at all of the different kinds of food the stores and vendors have to offer. I usually end up leaving with two or three pounds of very expensive cheese, but it’s all totally worth it.
This weekend, the Italian Market will host their annual Italian Market Festival. The festival will run on both Saturday, May 16th, and Sunday, May 17th, from 10am to 5pm. There will be mouthwatering food from local sponsors such as Cannuli’s Meats, DiBruno Brothers House of Cheese, Hollywood Meat Market, Lorenzo’s Pizza, and Grassia’s Italian Market Spice Company.
There will also be many family-oriented events at the festival. If you dug Air Supply, classic rock bands Bughunters, Final Vinyl, Toonz, and Dead Poets will all be playing for your enjoyment. Legendary sports-bar Chickee and Pete’s will host their new homerun derby event. $10 will buy you five swings and a chance to win a trip for two anywhere in the continental United States. On Sunday at noon, St. Paul Parish will have their Procession of the Saints, led by Father Gerald Carey. The Verdi Band will play the melodic “Italian Sinfonic” as well as uplifting and enjoyable Italian parade marches at the head of the procession. The march will start at Saint Mary’s Church located at 712 Montrose Street and continue until it ends at Saint Paul Catholic Church on Hutchinson Street.
If you have never experienced all that Philadelphia’s famous Italian Market has to offer, this weekend will be the perfect time to see what you have been missing!