Warm weather is in the air, flowers are starting to bloom... spring is almost here! There's no better way to experience and celebrate the season than getting outdoors taking in the sights, scents, and smells of the fresh food festivals that pop up in Philadelphia and in the region.Take a deep dive and tempt your taste buds with fresh foods, some locally grown, and festivities that are great family-fun
. Here's a round-up of spring food festivals you can sink your teeth into, including a few that feature pick-your-own
March 25–26, and 29–April 2, 2017
Celebrate the coming of spring and the tapping of local maple trees for sap at The Pennsylvania Maple Festival. During the festival, families learn about this 170 year-old industry, get tasty treats inside the Festival Park, meet this year's Maple Queen and more!
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10 AM–4 PM
Celebrate the region’s local food at the annual gathering of farmers, food artisans, and food lovers! No need to worry about April Showers, this foodie event takes place inside the PA Convention center. Included in the fun is a Kids' Corral which is sure to provide hours of fun!
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 11 AM –5 PM
Historic Main Street shuts down for this day-long event. Tastes span the spectrum, from savory treats to sweet desserts from more than 50 of the best food trucks in Philadelphia. Spring is strawberry season so expect an extra helping of strawberry inspired dishes.
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 1–5 PM
This ticketed event will get you totally excited for June's Philly Beer Week. Featuring 70+ craft beers made by some of the best craft breweries, alongside live blues, whole pig pulled pork, tacos, and yummy eats. This event is probably best for those with a babysitter or young kiddos that you can strap to your chest.
Take a culinary trip around the world without all the travel, all along East Passyunk Avenue under the cover of a big top tent! Outside of the food tent, enjoy a free street festival with live music.
Carnaval de Puebla en Filadelfia—South Philadelphia
May, 2017 (TBA)
Cinco de Mayo in Philadelphia is officially celebrated with the traditional El Carnaval de Puebla en Filadelfia parade in South Philadelphia. Expect ornate costumes, folk dramas, and of course delicious traditional Mexican feasting
May 6, 2017
Check out the delicious offerings of South Street as area restaurants show off their talents along more than 10 city blocks. More than 100 chefs participate. Plus expect live entertainment all day from 40 bands and other performers across three stages, in addition to a Family Zone.
May 6, 2017, 12–6 PM
Take a trip out to Phoenixville for a Food Festival featuring tons of great restaurants and food trucks, celebrating local food.
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival—Rittenhouse
Featuring street cafes, fashion, family fun, culinary demonstrations, beer and cocktail samplings, live music + entertainment on Walnut Street from the Avenue of the Arts to Rittenhouse Square. The annual event attracts more than 50,000 attendees and is the only time when Walnut Street is closed to vehicular traffic. Check out more than 100 booths throughout the day.
May 19–20, 2017
Celebrate this veggie that poses as a fruit in the heart of Lancaster County, where they have celebrated the bitter deliciousness of rhubarb for over 30 years. In addition to delicious homemade rhubarb desserts (including a bake-off!) catch a mini parade, music, and participate in a Rhubarb Whoopie Pie Filling Contest!
May 19–20, 2017, 11 AM–6 PM
Take part in the nation's oldest outdoor market at the annual Italian Market Festival. In addition to delectables, expect to experience the Procession of the Saints, cheer on the athletes of the traditional Hand Ball Tournament, and enjoy family events and crafts. This event takes place rain or shine!
May 20–21, 2017 10 AM–6 PM
Find your berry bliss at the 39th Annual Strawberry Festival! The entire village gets into the spirit with strawberry treats and strawberry-themed festivities.
May 20, 11 AM–5 PM
Taking place at Franklin Square, this annual festival features delicious Pan-Asian treats, alongside a celebration of historical and cultural influence of Asian Pacific Americans, including special performances and a Children's Fair. Rain or shine.
Photo courtesy of Manayunk.