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Northern Liberties 1st Annual Christmas in July

By now, we're all channeling fall as a respite from muggy weather and waves of crushing heat. And yet we're not quite ready to put away the flip flops. The Northern Liberties neighborhood has just the answer for those of you who need a lift this summer: Christmas in July is a food drive for Philabundance that will feed those in need, boost your spirits, and promise great deals around the neighborhood for a full week, starting July 22nd. Check out the NoLibs First Friday Facebook page for details.

So gather up those canned and dry goods and drop them off at your favorite shops and eateries for sweet discounts!



Crazy for Cupcakes? Hit up Cupcake Smash in Northern Liberties!

 Cupcake Smash 2012 is on! The annual cupcakes-for-a-cause challenge brought to you by Philabundance is taking over PYT in the Piazza at Schmidts on Saturday, April 28th. This year, both amateur and professional bakers will be asked to draw inspiration from the PYT menu when creating their unique cupcakes.  Dare to compete? Contact Cupcake Coordinator Melissa Mae at  [email protected] for more details.



  • the sounds of DJ Jay Yo on the ones and twos
  • a tasting of over a dozen PYT-inspired cupcakes
  • complimentary beverages from Pabst Blue Ribbon, FUZE, and St-Germain Liqueur
  • live painting by the Root 222 Crew
  • delicious eats from some of The Piazza’s outdoor market vendors
  • and many more surprises in store for the festivities…

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and you can purchase them here. Last year's event sold out, so get 'em quick!

[image via Philabundance]


600 lbs of Food in 6 Weeks? Do It: Holiday Food Drive in Northern Liberties

The best cure for depression is to give a little of yourself to someone else. Whether it be a compliment or a helping hand, the smallest gesture of love towards another human or creature will heal you. Get in good spirits for the season ahead by participating in your local holiday food drive.

Here in Northern Liberties, the Northern Liberties Business Owner’s Association (NLBOA) will join Philabundance to gather food donations for Philadelphia residents and families during the holiday season. The NLBOA hopes to gather 600 lbs of food during the six week drive. From November 1 - December 17, non-perishable food items can be dropped off at the following locations:
The NLNA Community Center - 700 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA
North Bowl - 909 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
Superfresh - 180 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia PA
Yards Brewing Company - 901 N. Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA

High-demand items for Philadelphia communities include: canned/shelf-stable tuna, macaroni and cheese, canned pasta, canned beef stew, canned chili, creamy peanut butter, jelly, canned green beans, canned corn, canned fruit, breakfast cereal and hot cereal.

For more information, please contact Dan Streckewald at [email protected]


Philabundance “Cupcake Smash” Baking Competition: PYT On April 30th

367x540xcupcakesmashpostcard_jpg_pagespeed_ic_jee1idvi7jPhilabundance is joining forces with PYT, home to America’s craziest burgers, for one sweet event that is sure to smash hunger.

It’s a Cupcake Smash, a baking competition with a twist - challenging the area’s cupcake masters to think outside the box (or should we say bun) while they create, compete, and most importantly…give back to their communities!

Philabundance and PYT are challenging bakers to create cupcakes inspired by Tommy Up’s adventurous menu. It’s an opportunity for competitors to be truly original and create one of a kind treats that surprise and delight the senses.

We’ll be joined by the sounds of DJ Jay Yo on the ones and twos. Foodie Extraordinaire, Felicia D’Ambrosio, will be our celebrity emcee along with a panel of celebrity judges including Tommy UpAnna Goldfarb from Shmitten KittenThe Philadelphia Inquirer’s Michael Klein, & Phrequency’s Leah Kauffman. Our judges will select the winning cupcake, which will be featured on the PYT menu, for a limited amount of time.

Both amateur and professional bakers are welcome to compete. If you have an interest in participating, please reach out to our Cupcake Coordinator, Melissa Mae at [email protected], for more information.

Advance tickets are available online. All proceeds will go to Philabundance. Note: you must be 21 and older to attend this event.

Cupcake Smash
When: April 30, 2-6 p.m.
Where: PYT, Piazza at Schmidts, 1050 N. Hancock Street
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
More info:


Did you see PYT on Rachael Ray?

[previously posted on Access Philly]



Adorn’s Fall Food Drive in Northern Liberties

It's time to clear out your canned goods collection again. Cart your food donations over to Adorn Boutique in Northern Liberties for their Fall Food Drive. Your generosity will be rewarded with 10% off of any purchase if you give 5 or more non-perishable food items. Not to mention the thank you that you will receive from your biceps for hauling over your load.

Philabundance is Philadelphia's largest food bank that provides emergency food and access to services to approximately 900,000 people at risk of hunger and malnutrition throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond. Visit Philabundance to find out how you can help.


Phone: 215.253.6818