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This Weekend: 13th Annual Car Show and Street Festival on East Passyunk Avenue

The summer’s biggest street festival is back and bigger than ever, featuring 175+ hot rides, street food, live bands, family fun & more!

East Passyunk Avenue and connecting side streets will again be lined with nearly 200 muscle, classic, antique, custom and show cars, trucks and motorcycles as the 13th Annual Car Show and Street Festival presented by Jefferson Health Methodist Hospital returns on Sunday, July 29, 2018, from 11:00am to 4:00pm. This years’ festival is revving up to break break the record set in 2017 when the festival saw the largest turnout of cars and crowds in its history.  In addition to the cars, you’ll find street food specials from dozens of restaurants, street vendors, circus performances, rack sales, kids’ activities, live music and the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! Show in-between.

The 2017 festival broke records for crowds and the number of cars. Photo: HughE Dillon.

The Bang! Boom! CRAFT! Show at the Singing Fountain will again be curated by Nice Things Handmade. This show features handmade items from local crafters and artists, including art, decor, ceramics, jewelry, clothing and gifts from dozens of vendors.

Enjoy some street grub and summer drinks from visiting food trucks, plus look for $5 deals at many of East Passyunk’s award-winning restaurants. Look for the balloons to find places offering the $5.00 specials.

Philadelphia School of Circus will bring the circus fun with roaming stilt walkers in 1950s outfits waving above the crowd, interacting with families and taking photos.

Family activities and other fun will offer something to appeal to all ages, including the return of the free bounce castle, plus free and discounted family fun, outside games, art projects, music and more.

The event is hosted by East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID). Their enthusiastic Executive Director, Pam Zenzola said, “The 13th Annual Car Show and Street Festival is back and bigger than ever…Families from around the tri-state area flock to the East Passyunk to cruise the cars, enjoy live music on every block and taste authentic South Philly cooking. We are thrilled to bring back South Philly’s largest annual summer tradition!”

Trophies will be awarded in dozens of categories, including: Top 50, Best Stock, Best Modified, Best Engine, Best Paint, Best 50’s Custom, Best Street Rod, Best Low Rider, Best Truck, Best Motorcycle, and Best of Show Car and Motorcycle.

The event takes place on East Passyunk Avenue between Broad and Dickinson streets. Admission is FREE for attendees and $20 for cars. The event’s rain date is Sunday, August 5, 2018. Check out the restaurant specials, live music performances, and food trucks scheduled to appear here.

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South Philly Food Co-op Is Alive & Well — and Busy As Ever

Note from the Editor:  a reader informed us that she’d heard the Food Co-op’s new store was being replaced by a deli. “Say it ain’t so!” she implored us. Well, we’re happy to report that it’s “Fake News: South Philly Edition”… 

By Carolyn Huckabay, Board of Directors, South Philly Food Co-op

The South Philly Food Co-op is as busy as ever this summer, from ushering in new board members, hosting community events, and building major momentum in their Capital Campaign.

In June, we told you about the Co-op’s “Kitchen Crawl: A Traveling Cocktail Party” — a progressive happy hour that took attendees on a tour of five South Philly homes and gardens. The tour ended with a sneak peek at their future location at 2031 S. Juniper St. The event was a great success, raising thousands of dollars toward the capital campaign, adding some new member-owners, and sharing a tour of the space.

Visitors receive a tour of the Food Co-op’s future space at 2031 S. Juniper St.

To build the store, the Co-op hired Philadelphia-based small business owner Buckminster Green as general contractor. Phase 1 of construction began this spring, and included framing out the store. This will allow the landlord to complete their agreed-upon improvements, including electrical and HVAC installation and distribution. Be on the lookout for the storefront which will be installed later this summer, thanks to the City of Philadelphia’s Storefront Improvement Program.

Kitchen Crawl participants on tour. Photo courtesy Food Co-op.

Buckminster Green will begin Phase 2 as soon as the Co-op reaches their Capital Campaign goals, and support from member-owners and the South Philly community at large has never been stronger. As of today, the Co-op has raised nearly $200,000 in member loans, and they’re 919 member-owners strong. With an overall fundraising goal of just over $1 million, there’s still work to do, so they need everyone’s help — dare we say cooperation — to keep up the momentum and bring in the funds needed to break ground!

Next Thursday, August 2, the Co-op will host a happy hour at Pistolas Del Sur, with drink specials and proceeds benefiting the Co-op. Come join the celeberartion and get all your questions answered.

If you’d like to get involved by becoming a member-owner, making a loan, or volunteering, please email Or join the mailing list to receive the latest news from the Co-op!


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A new oasis opens in the barbecue desert

Eric Daelhousen’s South Philly Smökhaus will open permanent digs in Bok this fall.

By Sandy Smith for the Passyunk Post

A mobile oasis in the barbecue desert that is Philadelphia is about to plant roots in South Philly’s most happening former high school.

The South Philly Smökhaus, a labor of love for chef-founder Eric Daelhousen, has been making weddings, parties and the occasional East Passyunk restaurant more delicious for the last three years. Now the 34-year-old self-taught barbecue aficionado is putting the finishing touches on a restaurant he can call his own on the street level of the Bok building.

Erik Daelhousen. Photo courtesy South Philly Smökhaus/Facebook.

The restaurant, which Daelhousen hopes to have ready for business in September, will be on the street level, south side of Bok. It will share an entrance from Dudley Street with Two Persons cafe and Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles.

The ramp on the right of this photo is the Dudley Street entrance to the future home of Smökhaus, as well as Two Persons cafe and Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles.

Daelhousen grew up on the fringes of Pennsylvania Dutch country, in the Reading suburb of Sinking Spring. While one usually doesn’t hear “Pennsylvania Dutch” and “barbecue” in the same sentence, Daelhousen credits his own Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry with sparking his interest in both cooking and ‘cue.

“My mom’s side of the family is 100 percent Pennsylvania Dutch,” he says. “I grew up with that cooking style in the kitchen.”

He learned several valuable things from his mother, including the importance of real, fresh ingredients and the value of taking the time to do it right.

The Smökhaus smoker. Photo courtesy South Philly Smökhaus/Facebook.

But he learned the art of barbecue all by himself.

“I got into smoking meats about six years ago when my wife and I brought a house and I started experimenting with offset barbecue cooking,” he said. For those of you unfamiliar with barbecue, an “offset smoker” has its firebox in a separate chamber slightly below the one where the meat will be smoked. Residential offset smokers have exhaust chimneys that often make them look like small locomotives.

“Then I bought a food-grade (steel) barrel and built my own smoker.”

After about two years of doing pop-up barbecue for weddings, parties and special events, Daelhousen decided the time was right to set up a permanent location. Daelhousen says a ‘cue joint is a perfect addition to the South Philly culinary scene. “Barbecue is definitely one of those foods that crosses communities and brings different people together over the same food.”

He wasn’t alone in having these thoughts: the Smökhaus will be the second new barbecue restaurant to open in East Passyunk this year. Mike’s BBQ, another former pop-up, opened at the start of this year at 11th and Morris streets.

While there is no Pennsylvania Dutch barbecue tradition, Daelhousen says that two fundamental features of Dutch cooking helped him appreciate barbecue: everything’s made from scratch, and there are no shortcuts to save time.

“All of my dry rubs, sauces and sides are my own recipes,” he says. “Some are born from what I grew up with, but they got crafted into my own varieties.”

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A Cheesesteak with a Difference

Tonight only: enjoy an “Abbruzze Cheesesteak” at Pat’s for a good cause!

From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, July 18th, Di Bruno Bros.’ owner Emilio Mignucci will join Frank Olivieri, owner of Pat’s King of Steaks as they share the grill and serve a limited-time Abbruzze Cheesesteak. All proceeds will go to Frank Olivieri’s Spread the Whiz Foundation, which partners with schools to teach kids about healthy food choices through artistic and cooking expressions.

Longtime friends, Emilio and Frank, both graduates of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College have grown up in their family businesses. Frank’s great uncle, Pat Olivieri, opened Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philadelphia in 1930. Pat, a hot dog vendor, wanted something different for lunch one day and made a sandwich of chopped steak and onion. He shared it with a regular customer, a cab driver, who loved it so much he spread the word. Frank’s work in the community and growth of Pat’s King of Steaks has allowed his uncle Pat’s legacy to live on over 86 years.

Emilio, with his brother Bill Mignucci and their cousin William Mignucci, Jr. have grown their family business from the original Di Bruno Bros. in the historic Italian Market to a company with five retail stores, e-commerce, national distribution, and a catering and commissary kitchen. As Di Bruno Bros. approaches their 80th anniversary, Emilio is creating a cheesesteak using their “infamous” Abbruzze Cheese Spread – a zesty garlic and herb spread with red chile pepper flakes. Named after the region where Danny and Joe Di Bruno were born, the Abbruzze Cheesesteak will reinvent the King of Steaks for one day only.

Di Bruno Bros. and Emilio join the ranks of Marc Vetri, Jose Garces, and Michael Solomonov
who have all shared the grill with Olivieri to support the Spread the Whiz Foundation.



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Go away…but tell me a story first

Tonight’s monthly story-telling jam theme is Go away
(but they really want you to stop on by).

This month’s Tell Me a Story (TMAS), Philadelphia’s long-running evening of storytelling, celebrates the stories that take you to far away lands, or have you running like the wind. The organizers are committed to showcasing as many storytellers as possible by not repeating a performer for at least a year. Thanks to this guideline, six of the seven storytellers this month have never told a story at a TMAS show.

Hosted by Tell Me A Story founder, Hillary Rea, this month’s line-up features TMAS regular Cecily Alexandria and newcomers Kristin Finger(ComedySportz), Ari Fishbein (Good Good Comedy), Jon Fortenbury (recent Philly transplant from Austin, TX), Sabina Leybold (also new to Philly and featured on, Sarah Pulver, and Ijanae Savage.

All tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door with cash or credit card. Doors open at 7 p.m., stories begin at 7:30 p.m. You can RSVP on Facebook.

What: Tell Me A Story: Go Away
When: Wednesday, July 18th at 7pm
Cost: $10 (cash or credit card at the door)
Who: Producer and Host — Hillary Rea, Storytellers — Cecily Alexandria, Kristin Finger, Ari Fishbein, Jon Fortenbury, Sabina Leybold, Sarah Pulver, and Ijanae Savage


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Weekend Events Round-Up

Compiled by Josephine Cardillo

Have an event you’d like us to include in a future Events Round-Up? Send us an email at with all the details.

Friday, July 13

Saturday, July 14

  • 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Streets Department Tire Roundup Program. Registered participants may drop off illegally discarded tires at the temporary dropoff locations of 4th & Washington and 25th & Washington. To register or for more info, click here.
  • 2 p.m. Super Saturday Matinee: Matilda at South Street Cinema, 327 South Street. Chosen by the theater’s fans: “Matilda is a gifted little girl and her wonderful teacher vs. the worst parents ever and the worst school principal imaginable. A delight for kids and adults. And yes, there will be chocolate cake!”
  • 8 p.m. PUFF Presents: Cruel Summer Camp Double Feature at South Street Cinema, 327 South Street. “Summer Camp isn’t always crafts and sing-a-longs, sometimes it can be just terrible. Join us as we take two very different looks at the drama and horror of camp with the coming ‘out’ of age fave But I’m A Cheeleader at 8pm and the 80’s slasher classic Sleepway Camp at 10pm.”

Sunday, July 15

Brauhaus Schmitz World Cup Block Party, 700 block of South Street. Photo courtesy Brauhaus Schmitz.

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