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Next Night Market is coming to NINE blocks of South Street

The first Night Market was on East Passyunk in September 2010, and now the food truck series is coming home to roost, sort of.

The Food Trust announced that its insanely popular pop-up street food festival will be coming to South Street on Thursday, Aug. 15.

One this summer on Fairmount Ave., pic from Food Trust's Facebook page.

One this summer on Fairmount Ave., pic from Food Trust’s Facebook page.

It’s at 5th and South, to be precise, which is essentially the end of Passyunk Ave – hence, the “coming home to roost” thing.

This installment will take up nine blocks of South, which will be packed to the gills with trucks serving¬†arepas, tacos, koagies (huh?), po’boys, empanadas, lobster rolls, roti, roasted corn, popsicles and more from the city’s best food trucks and restaurants.

There will also be stilt walkers, food sculptures, body painters and a roving brass band. It all goes down from 6 to 10 p.m., but in our experience, if you actually want to eat, get there early.

Check out the Facebook invite here.

For what it’s worth, the Food Trust isn’t all about street fairs. They’ve been doing good work trying to ensure access to affordable, healthy foods for all Philadelphians for more than 20 years. They’re also behind a lot of the farmers markets that have popped up in the city in recent years.

Efforts by them and like-minded groups are apparently starting to work, too. The Washington Post reported this month that the rate of childhood obesity has finally started to decline. The New York Times even highlighted Philadelphia in December as seeing declines, no doubt due in part to the Food Trust.

Nice work.

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