It’s no secret that Rittenhouse Square is home to some of the best restaurants as well as retail spaces in Philly. Foodies know just about every type of cuisine can he had in the area and shoppers flock to the retail corridors in the neighborhood. Now attendees will get a chance to taste and shop their spots as well as discover new ones at the upcoming Rittenhouse Spring Festival taking place Saturday May 6th from noon to 5pm. The footprint of the festival will take place on Walnut Street from 15th to 19th Streets and 18th Street from Locust to Sansom Street. (Walnut Street is closed on each block, 15th, 16th, 17th and 19th Streets are open).
“Rittenhouse Row invites the public. Rittenhouse Row is the 501-C6 non-profit organization that is a catalyst for commerce and community in the commercial district around Rittenhouse Square. We present an appealing and upscale neighborhood experience characterized by a deeply engaged commercial community.Our job is to market the consumer-facing businesses of the Rittenhouse district, including restaurants, stores, salons, hotels, galleries, fitness and wellness studios and cultural institutions,” organizers state.
FOOD + DRINK HIGHLIGHTS
· Two Robbers, Bluecoat PA Punch. Wolffer Summer in a Bottle Wine, Gallo Wine
· Chips, Salsa + guacamole to benefit the Tequila’s employee gofundme, brought to you by Clarke & Cohen Property Loss Consultants
· Wagyu sliders, lobster Spring roll, frozen mint juleps and espresso martinis from Barclay Prime
· Churros and Horchata from El Merkury
· Pama Sangria from Jet Wine Bar
· Gelato and cannoli from DiBruno Bros.
· Corn on the cob, margaritas and vegan ceviche from Bar Bombon
· Chicken Kebab Sandwich and green hummus from Spice Finch
· Pulled pork sliders from Village Whiskey
· Sicilian snapper ceviche, mortadella sandwiches, and mezcal mules from Wilder
· Vegan nuggets from HipCity Veg
· Tacos from Revolution Taco
· Crab croquettes and homemade chips from The Dandelion
· Crabcake sliders, steak brochettes and blondies from Butcher & Singer
· Lobster rolls and cheeseburgers from Happy Rooster
· Tuna tostadas from Continental Mid-town
· Tajin spiced popcorn from El Rey
· Oysters and shrimp cocktail from Oyster House
· Frose, rocket pops and choux glace from Parc
· Lamb skewers from The Rittenhouse
· Pizzata Pizzeria station
· Chef Eli Kulp’s Best of Phily Burgers, in lamb and veggie varietals
· Also find Sisterly Love Collective members including Attic Brewing, Ayoka Apothecary, Cardenas Oil & Vinegar, Colleen Crafting, Essen, Heirzoom Bakery, IrieVeda Spices, Lizzies Love Cakes, Maker Missya, Poppa’s Custard, Reveal, Sugar Bottom Hemp, Sundry Mornings, Tanika Casimir. Urban Country. Wallace Street Bake Shop, Galen Wines, Piggyback Treats and Belle Mille.
On the 1500 Block of Walnut Street
Organized by James Beard nominee and Rittenhouse Row member Ellen Yin
Sisterly Love Collective’s Rittenhouse Market features Jet Wine Bar’s Pama Sangria Garden, made to order churros from El Merkury’s new churro cart, tacos from Revolution Taco, and fresh baked cookies from Butcher & Singer.
More than 20 Sisterly Love Collective women epicurean entrepreneurs will be selling gourmet and craft items. Rebecca Ynocencio, Former Editor of Gourmet Magazine will curate visual direction. Supported by Visit Philly and PIDC.
Oyster House will be shucking fresh oysters and serving shrimp cocktail alongside free tastings from Wolffer Estate Vineyard (Summer in a Bottle), Gallo Wines, Two Robbers Hard Seltzer and the Philadelphia Distilling Cocktail Garden featuring Bluecoat Gin.
Norma Michaels Entertainment has coordinated live music from Temple University graduate Sadie Leigh, and the talented youth from the Paul Green Rock Academy and Paul Green’s adult group, The Green-Tones.
Soon to open Rittenhouse business Skin House Facial Bar, Sunnyvale Wellness, Green Mountain Energy and Jessup House will also be exhibiting on this block.
On the 1600 Block of Walnut Street
Family entertainment and activities inside and outside the Capital One Café at the top of the block, featuring games, giveaways and DJ Kenny A.
Outside we’ll have a live DJ, free swag giveaways, Ice Cream Giveaways, fun and engaging games for families and guests. Inside we’ll have interactive games where you learn about Capital One’s services and programs, Spin The Wheel with Giveaways and much more.
The Rittenhouse Square Flower Market’s 100-year tradition of supporting children’s charities has been reimagined as a Rittenhouse Row festival zone for families in support of the Greenfield School. We will be raising funds for our neighborhood public school with flower sales, make and take flower crafts and previews for the schools upcoming auction. This area will also feature a way to support The Fund for The School District of Philadelphia’s Dress Down Day.
Fitness, Wellness and Beauty members are exhibiting and activating with booths from Barry’s, CKO Kickboxing, Adolf Biecker, Dviniti, and Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness Center.
Food and drink on this block will feature Patchwork, Spice Finch and lobster rolls from Happy Rooster. Rittenhouse Row’s beloved Tequila’s will be at the festival, thanks to the support of Clarke & Cohen Property Loss Consultants and Public Adjusters. Tequila’s will sell chips, salsa, guacamole, ceviche and rose petal mock-margaritas to benefit their employee go-fund-me.
Also on this block, our own “better than Amazon” start-up The Rounds, Kimmel Cultural Campus, Scully Company’s Icon apartment building, and brand-new women’s fashion boutique, Pretty on You.
On the 1700 Block of Walnut Street
The top of the block will feature family friendly activities from TD Bank and Xfinity.
Spirits tastings from BOTLD and Cocktail gardens from Bar Bombon, DiBruno Bros. and Wilder.
Booths from Bucky Body Center, European Wax Center, Innervision Eyewear, Philadelphia Runner, Triple Tree Flowers.
Delicious café fare from HipCityVeg, Pizzata Pizzeria, Village Whiskey and The Rittenhouse Hotel.
Norma Michaels Entertainment has coordinated live music from the Main Line’s Valley Road, and Rittenhouse’s own Pheedback and So. Central Rain. This stage is sure to please festivalgoers with covers of music from Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Stone Temple Pilots, Chris Cornell, The Who, Oasis, Phish, Greatful Dead and REM.
On the 1800 Block of Walnut Street
Starr Restaurants will offer delectable selections from their Rittenhouse Row properties including Barclay Prime, Butcher & Singer, Continental Mid-Town, El Rey, Parc and The Dandelion.
Other activities on this block include Firstrust Bank, giveaways, gifts and consults from the gorgeous new Rescue and tastings from Venditore by Giordano.
The block will be set to festive music from The Laurel’s VIP Lounge, featuring music by DJ Eddie Tully.
Will feature streeteries and expanded areas from Parc and a. Kitchen. Parc will be serving frose, and a. Kitchen will be serving Chef Eli Collins Best of Philly winning burgers.