manayunk test drives philly food trucks, beer meets crab + hunger action month ends
Chances are if you’re on Facebook and in Philly, you’ve seen a post or two about Manayunk’s upcoming StrEAT Food Festival. The all-day eat-a-thon begins on Saturday (9/29), with a parade of food trucks lining Main Street for the first time in Manayunk’s history. (Guess the powers that be finally got hip to the excitement and brilliance of Night Market Philadelphia.) Count on everything from burgers and dogs to vegetarian, vegan and local-only fare, tamales, cupcakes, ice cream and grilled (OK so they’re calling them “melted”) cheese sandwiches. The day also features farm stands and live music. What’s not to love? (Biting our tongues on the parking. Be smart Manayunk—make it free all day!) The food celebration continues on Sunday with the launch of Manayunk Restaurant Week, 9/30-10/5.
In the places we want to eat at category, we offer up Craft & Claw, which just opened this past Friday in the former Mad River location. We haven’t yet heard anything about the food, but the menu is enticing, and the space looks pretty cool. And let’s face it; who doesn’t like craft beer, seafood and crab legs? We couldn’t help get sucked into the pre-opening hype dished by Thrillist.com, whose writers always serve up just the right amount of cheekiness.
Hunger Action Month ends this Sunday, but there’s still time to take action via the Paper Place Advocacy Project. It’s a simple way to make a difference and share your good food fortune with those who don’t have the luxury of waxing poetic about such topics as trendy restaurants, hot new chefs, artisan food products and more. Grab a plate, some markers, a camera and get writing (or drawing!).