Kick off Wawa Welcome America with Taste of Philadelphia
Photo Credit: J. Smith for GPTMC

I couldn’t think of a better way to dive into Wawa Welcome America Festival. A favorite of foodies, Taste of Philadelphia — the official kick-off to Wawa Welcome America! — returns for the fifth year, with more restaurants than ever joining the gastronomical festivities. Enjoy specialties from some of the city’s most popular eateries along with live entertainment, including performances by Gerald Veasley and local gospel choirs.

Admission to Penn’s Landing is free and the “tastes” from participating restaurants are just a few dollars — a fraction of regular entrée-sized prices. Today during a press conference, I was following via Twitter, and it was announced La Marqueza, Call Me Cupcakes, Insomnia, Dapper Dog and Sampan was just added to the list of participating restaurants.

Mark your calendars!!

Friday, June 24 @ 5 p.m.
Interested in sampling cuisine from the region’s best chefs? Check out the opening of three days of Taste of Philadelphia. Come and try amazing dishes from some of the most popular restaurants in the city and find new favorite menu items! Stroll the waterfront while you’re “dining” and enjoy a performance by Gerald Veasley.

Saturday, June 25 @ 11 a.m.
Taste of Philadelphia continues with its first full day of music, food and fun! Sample some of the best cuisine in the city. There’s music all day to enjoy and help you keep your appetite up. Stay for the evening concert (8 p.m.) starring Aaron Neville, followed by the first of three fireworks displays during Wawa Welcome America!.

Sunday, June 26 @ 11 a.m.
Don’t miss the final day to sample delicious bites from Philadelphia’s many restaurants. There will music from local gospel choirs and plenty of fun to be had, so bring your family and friends!

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Disclosure / Disclaimer:  This post reflects my personal experience and opinion which may differ from yours. A monetary compensation was provided for this post by Wawa Welcome America. 

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