In Like A Lion, Out For A Cheesesteak!
March is our favorite month. Why, you ask? Sure, spring is coming, baseball is getting started, March Madness is a blast…but most of all, it’s when we get to celebrate National Cheesesteak Day!
Once again this year, the big day falls on a weekend—specifically Sunday, March 24th.
Naturally, it’s a big deal in our hometown. But this is NATIONAL Cheesesteak Day. As long as you’ve got quality meat, cheese, and bread, you’re good to go, regardless of where the GPS says you are.
Get Prepared—We Can Help
Need some tips on the ingredients and/or technique? We got you covered: watch “How To Make A Real Philly Cheesesteak” here or on our YouTube channel. The Prep School feature here on our site has recipes and other ideas if you’re feeling bold in the kitchen.
You can also check out “Cheesesteaks Across America” where we highlight a dozen shops around the country (including here in the City of Brotherly Love) where you can quench your jones for an authentic ‘steak.
Join the Conversation
Celebrate “The Legend”
And if you’re #HungryForHistory and want to brush up on your knowledge of cheesesteak lore—fun facts, colorful characters, and the story of how an icon has evolved—dig into our mini-doc “The Legend of the Philly Cheesesteak” which traces the story from humble beginnings to worldwide sensation.
Happy #NationalCheesesteakDay, fellow carnivores! Let’s gooooooo!!
So this year’s installation of the Philly Cheesesteak & Food Fest is in the books.
Judging by the smiles (and cheesy crumbs) on people’s faces, the event was another solid success, and a delicious way to spend a Saturday in October.
Put simply, the 2018 Fest was just right.
The crowd was heavy…but not so packed that you couldn’t move freely. There were couples, families, big groups, and even some cheesesteak hunters flying solo, all coming together in one spot on one day to devour cheesesteaks by the collective ton.
Some of the food lines were long…but not too long—just enough of a wait to let you know you were going to get something great.
The weather was cool…but not too chilly. The Fall afternoon temps were perfect for jeans and a sweatshirt or long tee (and no sweating).
The venue was smaller than the Ballpark…but by no means tight. 2300 Arena had plenty of room for a couple dozen food vendors, games inside and out, our giant Philly-proud photo station, live music, and other tasty fun.
Thanks to all the guests who stopped by to chat, put their short-term memory to the test by playing our cheesesteak-themed Match game, pose for some pics in front of our huge “City of Cheesesteaks & Champions” backdrop, grab an Original Philly magnet or two, or give a quick wave on their way to the ‘steaks in our Vendor Area. (Who could blame them if they were in a bit of a hurry to get to the grub?)
See you at the 5th (!) Annual Cheesesteak Fest next year.
What are you up to this weekend?
For the fourth consecutive year, the City of Philadelphia will host the annual Cheesesteak & Food Fest. Um, where else would it be?!?
The party’s this Saturday, October 13th starting at 1:00 PM (noon for VIPs) and raging until 6:00.
After a few years at the Ballpark, the Fest has a new home: the 2300 Arena (2300 S. Swanson St, Philadelphia, PA 19148), inside the legendary boxing venue, as well as outside where the Vendor Area will be the center of the food action. It’s a great spot—maybe you’ve been to the Wing Fest or another gig? Plenty of parking, great bar area for guests 21+, outdoor fun and games, a couple stages for live music, and more.
So the venue may be new, but the point remains the same: you come to taste tons of mouth-watering cheesesteaks—classic and creative—flex your Philly pride, and have fun with friends and family. (And if you know anyone who can’t make it, go ahead and make them jealous!)
We have a new surprise this year to help attendees capture and share some memorable selfies. Let’s just say it was inspired by the World-Champion Philadelphia Eagles, the NCAA Champ Villanova Wildcats, and one Jason Kelce. (Don’t worry…we’re keeping it clean and family-friendly.)
This magical event is an annual affair, so don’t miss out! You can get more info at the Fest’s website.
As we like to say when this event gets close, “PREPARE TO FEAST!”
See you down there.
If you’re curious what the Cheesesteak Fest is all about, check out our recap and photos from last year’s event.
Another spring showcase in Chicago, and thousands more authentic Philly cheesesteak samples shared with hungry show-goers. It’s always a good time, and a surefire sign that summer can’t be far off.
As usual, we promised delicious cheesesteaks, and our team delivered! Nick and Gerard, in particular, handled the grill like champs—showing laser-like focus, undeterred by long lines, toasty temps, and clouds of swirling steam.
This year, we were thrilled to be back next to fellow Philly folks, the legendary Amoroso’s Bakery and their perfect sandwich rolls. It was also fun to have our new Tyson Foods family with us while we caught up with tons of other customers, industry reps, and foodies across all walks of life.
We’d do it every month if we could. But, alas, the NRA comes but once each year. So we’re determined to make it count!
You can sense it’s close. Yep, we’re getting ready for another year at the industry’s gold standard: the annual NRA Show in Chicago. It kicks off in just 10 days, running May 19-22, 2018 at McCormick Place.
This will be a special year for Original Philly—our 22nd appearance in total, but our very first as part of the Tyson Foods family.
As always, we’ll be there with our trusty mobile steak shop. Our customized booth is practically the stuff of legend—complete with full-service grill, fridge, cutting boards, heat lamps, spatulas, and anything else you need to make cheesesteak magic wherever you happen to be.
We expect the lines to be long…’cause they always are. But we keep ’em moving, and NO ONE EVER LEAVES DISAPPOINTED.
Before the curtain drops on the 2018 NRA Show, we’ll serve thousands and thousands of cheesesteak samples to carnivores in town for the big event.
Last year, we brought some 600 pounds of meat and accompaniments, producing 6,400 cheesesteak samples for friends old and new. How much in ’18? Not sure yet, but one thing we do know is that we’re excited to be back next to our old pals from Amoroso’s. They’re flying in from Philly just like we are, and we’ll be neighbors on the show floor.
Feel free to check out our recap of last year’s show.
And if you’re planning to be in the Windy City, be sure to come by to say hello and grab a sample (or a few)!
On Saturday, March 24th, legions of cheesesteak fanatics in every corner of the U.S. of A. will flock to their favorite local steak and pizza shops, delis, convenient stores, full service restaurants, and other eateries to celebrate this most worthy of designated National days.
In case you’re wondering, National Today tracks nearly 700 special days—including gems like Static Electricity Day (Jan. 9th) and Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19th…Arrr they serious?!) Okay, we’re hardly Switzerland here, but National Cheesesteak Day is definitely one of the most glorious. Am I right?
To help everyone gear up, we decided to take a 12-stop “virtual road trip” to find some of the top cheesesteak destinations from coast to coast (starting in our hometown, naturally). Take a quick spin with us to sample Cheesesteaks Across America—from Philly down to Florida, through Texas on the way west to see our friends at Boo’s in LA, then back across the Rockies and Midwest to where it all began…
So how will you indulge this year? Classic beef, American, and grilled onions? Chicken cheesesteak with provolone? Pizza steak? Cheesesteak hoagie? Mushrooms and peppers? Good ol’ Whiz wit’? No onions? No problem. You make the call!
For those DIYers out there who aspire to build their very own masterpiece at home, we tip our hats and invite you to check out this smart video to help guide you to the Promise Land. (Our Prep School feature also has recipes and other tips if you’re game!)
However—and wherever—you partake, know Original Philly is right there with you…in spirit, and hopefully in the middle of your Amoroso or Liscio’s roll!
And, as always, there are generous ‘steak purveyors that will be offering free eats all around the country, so we urge you to do a bit of homework (Google + 30-60 seconds) to see what special happenings may be on tap in your neck of the woods.
Happy #NationalCheesesteakDay, amigos! Prepare to FEAST!
Our beloved hometown Eagles are set to battle the Patriots for NFL supremacy, bragging rights, and their first Lombardi Trophy! We can’t wait either.
We’re excited to give away our authentic Original Philly Sandwich Steaks to a few lucky fellow fans who manage to dust off the best flashbacks of Eagles fandom from yesteryear.
Get into the pre-game fun with your own stories and photos. You could be cooking up some real Philly Cheesesteaks for your guests, or bringing the ultimate Game Day House Warming Gift if you’re headed to someone else’s place to watch our Birds fly!
The 3rd annual Philly Cheesesteak & Food Fest, held on Saturday, September 23rd, felt like a mid-summer day down at the ballpark. The fans were out in droves, and the food samples were hot, just like the afternoon temps.
Thousands of guests arrived hungry for cheesesteaks and fun (is that redundant?). From the packed “vendor area” to the field, to the shady cool seats down the third base line, smiles were as abundant as sunshine and carnivorous goodness.
As attendees have come to expect, Original Philly was in the middle of it all. Once again featuring an array of organoleptic cheesesteak appetizers, we also treated Fest-goers with a new Photo Booth where folks waited for their turn to ham it up as the Rocky statue, a “human cheesesteak,” or whatever pose they wanted to strike.
Simply put, people came to celebrate the cheesesteak and have a blast. And they did. From teens to toddlers to too-old-to-say, from foodies to fraternity brothers to Philly’s finest, everyone was in a most festive mood. Our team had a blast serving thousands of egg rolls, spring rolls, and sliders as fast as they could be consumed.
Special thanks to all who participated in our first-ever Scavenger Hunt. Here are just a few of our favorite tweets..
And a shout-out to our friends at JustGrubbin.com for their enthusiasm and kind words.
Can’t wait to see you guys (and everyone) at the 2018 Fest!
The countdown is on. On Saturday, September 23rd, starting at 12:30 PM (11:00 AM for VIPs), we‘ll be at Citizen’s Bank Park in South Philly for the 3rd Annual Cheesesteak & Food Fest.
This year, in addition to our mouth-watering cheesesteak egg rolls, cheesesteak sliders, and cheesesteak spring rolls, Original Philly is serving up some special activities.
JOIN THE HUNT
For the first time, we’re inviting all attendees to participate in our first-ever Scavenger Hunt. We’ll pick four winners, and each one will get a prize pack including a 10-pound case of Original Philly beef steak—enough to make 40 cheesesteaks!
Don’t worry—we realize people are still coming primarily to eat, so we’ve made the Hunt pretty easy. For your chance to win, just tweet 4 photos to us using our handle @Original_Philly.
The photos are a piece of chee—um, cake: one at the Harry Kalas statue inside the stadium on the main concourse near the left field corner;one of you savoring a bite at the Fest (sample and location are up to you); one with the “Cheesy” the roaming Cheesesteak mascot; and one at the Original Philly Photo Booth (more on that below).
GET A FREE T-SHIRT
We’re also giving out at least 100 free Original Philly t-shirts. Just tweet us a selfie (again, @Original_Philly) showing you and/or friends/relatives in celebrating cheesesteak nirvana and then come see us in the Vendor Area. You cannot miss us—seriously. (While supplies last; limit one per customer. Let’s share the wealth!)
Now, about that Photo Booth. When you come visit Original Philly at the Fest—presumably before or after you’ve devoured some of our delectable cheesesteak appetizers—swing around the side and take a fun picture or two in front of our backdrop featuring a Giant Cheesesteak and Philly’s favorite fictional son, Rocky. There are some Fest-appropriate props, too. Say Cheese!
JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Be sure to use our hashtag, #meatmeinphilly, when you’re socializing!
And also make sure to use our special Snapchat filter. Just open your app and it’ll be there.
See you soon!
PREPARE TO FEAST!!
And to whet your appetite, you can check out highlights from last year’s Fest.
One month from today—on Saturday, September 23rd, starting at 12:30 PM—cheesesteak fanatics and foodies from all walks of life will gather for the 3rd Annual Cheesesteak & Food Fest. Where? Where else but in South Philly, just blocks from where our favorite culinary sensation was created nearly 90 years ago.
To be precise, this year’s festivities will take place once again down at Citizen’s Bank Park, home of the Phillies.
The centerpiece of the event is, of course, the Vendor Area, where dozens of cheesesteak makers and Philly specialty food vendors will be serving up samples to a few thousand carnivores (and maybe a few herbivores, too, as the organizers promise vegetarian-friendly options).
Original Philly will once again be center stage. We’re proud to have been the sponsor of the coveted Fest Vendor Area since its inception, and we’re excited to be back for our the third consecutive year. We won’t be hard to find—just look for our infamous ‘steak-shaped logo, our tents and signs just inside the entrance gate, and lots of hungry “consumers.” (Don’t panic if our line seems long—we keep it moving!)
Some of our hometown’s most beloved cheesesteak shops will be showing off their wares, many featuring Original Philly beef and chicken products in the center of their creations.
And since variety is the spice of life, we’ll be showcasing a few of the most popular Original Philly cheesesteak appetizers: cheesesteak egg rolls, cheesesteak sliders, and cheesesteak spring rolls.
In addition to delicious local eats, there’s the Craft Beer Garden (for guests 21 and up, naturally), live music, a cheesesteak eating competition, and kid-friendly fun, too—including a carnival area and opportunities to walk the bases on the Phils’ field.
Oh, and did we mention there were over 40 vendors serving tons of cheesesteak samples, from the traditional to the adventurous?!
Attendance has grown from year to year, and we’re expecting record crowds next month, so don’t wait too long to make your plans. You can buy tickets through the Phillies’ website or get more info at the Fest’s website.
Can’t wait to see you there. Tell your friends, and Prepare to Feast!