By Danya Henninger | Zagat.com
So, the Brooklyn Flea is coming to Philadelphia. The New Yorkers will curate stalls in The Piazza in Northern Liberties every Sunday, including some food stands. But before that imported event even gets started (its launch date is June 2), Center City will get its own weekly outdoor market.
Phair is a fully homegrown venture, with space for 100 vendors and eight different food trucks, set to pop off on Saturday, May 18, in the lot at 23rd and Arch – making it Philly’s first official weekly food truck gathering, as far as we can tell. After that, the open-air market will take place 10 AM-5 PM each Saturday through November 23.
Philly natives and University of the Arts grads Jennifer Schick and Josh Marowitz had been searching long and hard for a location for Phair, which will host a changing assortment of arts, crafts, vintage items and farmer’s market stalls. The pair settled on 23rd and Arch because of its central, easy-to-get-to location.
“It’s right near Schuylkill, about a half-block away from one of the entrances,” Schick explains, “and it’s also close to all the museums and also 30th Street Station. We want locals to come back week after week – we expect nearly 60% of the vendors to change over time – but also are excited to showcase Philly art and food to tourists and visitors.”
About the food: the first truck to officially sign on is The Tot Cart, so you already know that snacking while browsing is in order. Two designated food truck pods will be set up at opposite sides of the market, with space for eight total. Phair is looking for more mobile kitchens (specific dates are available), so food truckers interested in getting involved can fill out the signup form here.