March 26, 2012
East Passyunk’s foodie event of the year Flavors of the Avenue is back on Saturday, April 28, noon-4 p.m.
With a spate of new restaurants on the Avenue since last year’s event, plus an expansion of liquor sponsors, plus the addition of an outdoor concert in Birra’s beer garden at the end of the day, this year’s Flavors is shaping up to be the best, and certainly biggest yet.
Here are the vitals: Flavors of the Avenue offers up a true taste of South Philly’s gastronomic stronghold East Passyunk Avenue, with samples of signature dishes and drinks under the cover of a big top tent, plus a free street festival with vendors, music and a craft market at the Singing Fountain.
This year, 21 restaurants are participating (full list here), with a few brand new: newly-or-not-quite-opened-yet Belle Cakery, Garage, Noir, Kris, Green Olives Café and Ms. Goody Cupcake.
After Flavors closes up shop at 4 p.m., head down to Birra for a free outdoor concert featuring Cheers Elephant until 6 p.m.
Other new elements this year include four grills cooking on-site; think pork belly anticuchos, chicken skewers, wings and tacos al pastor and freshly-fried arancini. There will also be more booze this year, with VIP ticket holders getting access to at least 5 cocktails.
General admission is $30 and VIP is $50 (includes specialty cocktails, premium menu items and an extra hour in the tent with limited attendance). Order by April 20 and get $5 off. Bonus: all ticket holders receive a $5 off parking pass for the Parkway Lot at Broad & McKean, so parking will only run about $4-5 for the day.
Proceeds from the event will once again support the neighborhood’s public safety program.
Online ordering ends at midnight on April 25. Tickets are limited so don’t wait! They sell out every year.
Flavors of the Avenue
When: Saturday, April 28, noon-4 p.m.
Where: East Passyunk Avenue, between Dickinson and Morris
Cost: $30 for General Admission and $50 for VIP; order by April 20 and get $5 off
More info: www.visiteastpassyunk.com