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Philadelphia, PA – Clean Air Council’s 9th Annual Greenfest Philly returns to Headhouse Square (2nd and South Streets) on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The tri-state region’s largest environmental festival is bigger than ever with live music, free demos, an outdoor beer garden, organic food and drinks, handmade and green shopping, MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner, a twenty-five foot rock wall, and even edible bugs. Admission is free. Festival “Green Cards” are also on sale at for $30 that includes food and drink discounts, a free t-shirt, and eco-friendly swag. For more information, visit the website, call 215-567-4004, and follow @greenfestphilly on Twitter.

“Greenfest is an important festival because we celebrate all things happening in our city to promote sustainability and we reaffirm our commitment to a positive future,” said Joseph Otis Minott, Esq., Executive Director.  “It gives me an optimistic view to see these wonderful ideals in thousands of attendees, and I love to see the passion that Philadelphians have for our environment. Philadelphia has a lot to be proud of.”

Now in its ninth year, this popular event will provide a unique opportunity for 10,000-20,000 attendees to learn how to live life a little greener and healthier. Festivities will include live music from popular local bands, MOM’s Organic Market kid’s corner with eco-friendly crafts and music, organic food and drinks, a beer garden, handmade goods, innovative green businesses and products, a celebration of local sustainability innovators, ways to take action for clean air, and much more. Alongside that fun, 150+ sponsors, local businesses, supporters and vendors will help transform Headhouse Square into a festive, fun and educational outdoor marketplace.


* Shop for eco-friendly fashion, beauty, and home goods – including SteelCore organic workout wear, Soapbox Holistic soaps, and Glad Dog Nation recycled dog toys.

* Purchase one of a kind handmade art and crafts from eco-artisans such as Beaucycled upcycled jewelry and accessories, and Urban Textile Works prints.

* Enjoy a tasty surprise as you sample edible bugs including crickets on crackers and chocolate brownies made with flour made from ground bugs.

* Win exciting prizes like a Trek bike from Philadelphia Insurance Companies to make commuting greener AND more fun.

* Become educated and take action on critical environmental issues from leading advocacy groups.

* Pick up a free Philadelphia blue recycling bin for your home or office.

* Leave your ‘wheels’ with the complimentary bike valet courtesy of Philadelphia Insurance Companies.

* Clean out your closets and bring your clothing, accessories, toys, books and more to the Philly Swap at Greenfest Philly.  Bring gently used clothing, toys and books for free entry into the swap area, or make a $5 donation (includes a free Philly Swap bag). Upon entry in the swap, you are free to roam and take what you’d like.

* Enjoy a rest and recharge station with refurbished chairs and furniture, free iced tea, coffee and solar powered chargers.

* Pamper yourself with chair massage and natural organic treatments from Eviama Life Green Spa and Boutique, the region’s green designed and operated all natural spa in the city.

FAMILY FUN IN MOM’S Organic Market Kids’ Corner

* Healthy Snacks from MOM’s Organic Market – Kids and parents are welcome to stop by MOM’s Organic Market’s booth for free samples and healthy snacks. Kids can also pick up their FREE Greenfest t-shirts (free to the first 200 children).
* Kids Play with Clay from 10:00am to 2:00pm – The Clay Studio will be hosting a group-sculpt in the MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner. Kids will be invited to sculpt small objects with traditional clay materials and put them together, creating a large group sculpture.
* Frisbee Spin Art from 10:00am to 4:00pm – Always a Greenfest favorite, Tall Pines Day Camp will be helping kids to create colorful and exciting spin art on Frisbees.
* Kid’s Yoga, time TBA – Yoga Garden will be leading a yoga class just for kids! Creative thinking, flexibility, better health, inner focus, greater concentration, improved social skills and physical strength are just some of the benefits of yoga for kids. Through interactive games and exercises, kids learn yoga postures, breathing techniques and lots more! And it’s all just plain fun!
* Rock Climb from 10:00am to 4:00pm – Kids and adults can catch climbing fever and try their hand at scaling a 25 foot rock wall.


Victory Brewing Company will be providing the beer for the Greenfest Philly Sustainably Brewed Beer Garden. Since opening the brewery in February 1996, Victory has emphasized environmental responsibility. As part of the brewing process Victory recycles the nearly 25,000 pounds of spent grain is generated every 24 hours through an an arrangement with a local farmer who takes this brewing by-product and feeds it to his farm animals.


Sample delicious, healthy, local and organic food from popular food trucks and local eateries.

* Farm Truck was built around knowing what is in your food and where it comes from. All produce comes from local farms, all bread from a local bakery, and the coffee is organic, fairly traded and locally roasted.

* Kung Fu Hoagies is an all vegetarian and vegan friendly food cart serving South and West Philadelphia.  Hoagies, noodles and sides creatively inspired by traditional vegetarian Vietnamese food, served by friendly local Kung Fu addicts.

* Little Baby’s is a hand-made, small-batch, super-premium Ice Cream and non-dairy frozen dessert company based in East Kensington, Philadelphia.

* Lil’ Pop Shop’s unique ice pops are hand-crafted in small batches from a seasonal assortment of fresh, natural, locally-sourced ingredients. No neon or artificial ingredients or dyes are ever used in their ice pops.

* Local 215 is committed to sourcing as many ingredients locally as possible while still providing you with high quality affordable food options year round. It is their mission to extend only the freshest, most natural and unprocessed foods to their customers. Buying from local farmers not only makes their dishes delicious; it also supports our neighbors’ livelihoods.

* SoomFoods will offer Soom Tahini, a pure sesame butter that is a versatile ingredient for both savory and sweet recipes. All products are made in a peanut-free facility. All of SoomFoods’ Tahini products are kosher, gluten-free, and vegan.

Other food and drink vendors will include:
* ACME Markets
* Bonjour Creperie
* Cobblestone Krautery
* The Twisted Tail


Local music is more sustainable than music that has to be shipped thousands of miles to your ears. In the Greenfest Philly spirit, Earth Jam 2014 features 4 of the most exciting emerging bands Philly has to offer. Music runs 11:00am to 3:30pm.

* West Philadelphia Orchestra: With a diverse line-up of professional Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical world.

* Ron Gallo: Ron Gallo is an ever-changing, good spirited, weirdo madman.  This “arts and crafts music project” of the same name is an attempt at capturing where Ron Gallo is at any given moment.

* Pine Barons: Born among the pitch pines of southern New Jersey. With a wide spectrum of influences, from classic rock to folk, jazz, and punk, Pine Barons is an amalgamation of four personalities and visions whose friendship and respect shape their craft.

* No Stranger: No Stranger is a musical chronicle of Jonathan Cooney’s journey through life and his attempt to understand our time in it. His blend of acoustic finger style under an ethereal voice aims for your heart and hopes to stay.


The Green Innovators Program, sponsored by SCA, has become a highlight of Greenfest Philly. Over the past three years, 22 local emerging sustainable businesses and organizations were honored and invited to participate. Hundreds of Greenfest Philly attendees are able to engage with and learn from these businesses and organizations and then vote for their favorite Innovator at Greenfest or online at

The 2014 Greenfest Philly Green Innovators:
* Bike Share Philadelphia
* Biome
* Climate Tracker
* Cycle Philly
* Milkcrate Philly
* Spor
* The GREEN Program


Greenfest Philly is presented by Clean Air Council, with support from MOM’s Organic Market, Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), PGW EnergySense, SCA, Waste Management, Zip Car, Amtrak, Aversa PR & Events, Enterprise Car Share, door door organics, Sustainable
Business Network, South Street Headhouse District, and AVRS.


Admission to Greenfest Philly is free. Attendees must be 21 and older to drink. A festival package “Green Card” is available for $30 (valued at over $55) and includes discounts on food and drink, a free Greenfest t-shirt, and other eco-friendly swag. Green Cards are on sale now at For more information visit the website, call call 215-567-4004 (ext. 102) or follow @greenfestphilly on Twitter.


Since its launch in 2006, Greenfest Philly has been a model for producing sustainable events. The festival demonstrates its commitment to reducing environmental impact by sourcing power from two large solar powered generators, recycling and composting over 80% of waste, and providing attendees with water bottle refill stations and a complimentary bike valet. All festival exhibitors are evaluated by Clean Air Council to ensure they are providing services, information, or goods that are sustainable.


Greenfest Philly is organized by Clean Air Council, a member-supported, non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting everyone’s right to breathe clean air. For more information, visit or

Iron Hill Brewery – Maple Shade, NJ

Iron Hill Brewery – Maple Shade, NJ

Situated a little off the main roads sits Iron Hill Brewery (IHB). It was a zig-zag of roads it seemed to get there, and their sign popped out of nowhere. Once inside the place is gigantic. It is a good thing as a large crowd was already there and they were hopping for lunch service. I can only imagine what happy hour or the weekends look like at IHB. It is no secret IHB’s big draw is beer, but I came here to eat, was with my toddler aged son, and for his mother to approve of this lunch I did not think drinking would be advisable having to drive him home. After a brief overview of IHB from the bubbly server, the order of the day would be their House Smoked Pork Sandwich.

iron hill

The pork sandwich consisted of hickory smoked pulled pork with St. Louis style barbeque sauce on a toasted bun. I must admit that I was not expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised. The pork was moist, not chewy in the least, and had a nice even consistency throughout while the sauce really enhanced and was a joy to eat. The fries were above average, cooked perfectly, and portion size was not an issue in the least.

One of the things that surprised me the most about my visit to IHB was the amount of children present. I second guessed bringing my son there, but once inside they treated him like a rock star, provided him with his own crayon set to keep, and they have one of the best children’s menus I have seen around at a very affordable price.

This was my first time to any IHB as they have many locations, but it will certainly not be my last. They have intrigued me with their menu, quality, fast and friendly service, and most importantly their unique beer selection which I will try next time without bringing the little guy with me.


Three and Three-Fourth Stars out of Five


mt airy

Press Release:


* Award-winning eats, sips, entertainment and family fun to fill Germantown Avenue *

Philadelphia, PA – Street Fare: Sip, Savor, Stroll brings tasty bites and beverages back to Mt. Airy on Thursday, September 18, 2014, from6:00pm to 10:30pm.  Sip and savor gourmet eats and drinks from 50+ of the region’s best gourmet food trucks and local restaurants stationed along Germantown Avenue, between Sedgwick and W. Mt. Airy Avenue. Stroll the Avenue for family fun, live music and handmade crafts. Street Fare is organized by Mt. Airy USA and annually attracts over 11,000 people.  For event updates, visit, call 215-844-6021, follow @gomtairy on Twitter and like “Go Mt. Airy” on Facebook.

“Street Fare highlights for the rest of the region all that our growing, vibrant restaurant scene and business community has to offer,” said Mt. Airy USA’s Executive Director Anuj Gupta. “We’re thrilled to have such a great early response from food trucks and restaurants. It is a testament to the success of last year’s festival. We look forward to another fun-filled, family-friendly night on Germantown Avenue.”

Street Fare will pair award-winning mobile food vendors with notable local restaurants for a night of street eats, craft brews, handcrafted cocktails and wine. Vending spaces for this year sold out early. Mt. Airy restaurants and businesses will include Cantina Avenida, Earth Bread + Brewery, Herb Scott Catering, Jyoti Indian Bistro, and Trolley Car Diner. Food truck participants will include Braz BQ, The Cow and the Curd, Foolish Waffles, Hot Diggity 2, Ka’Chi, Mac Mart Cart, Mompops, Oink and Moo BBQ, PB and U, Pitruco, Sweet Box Cupcakes, Surf and Turf Truck, The Tot Cart, Undrgrnd Donuts and Vernalicious.

While strolling along historic Germantown Avenue, shop from artisans with handmade crafts organized by Renaissance Craftables. Find a stunning new look inside the Smak Parlour Fashion Truck.  Enjoy fun for the whole family inside our Family Area, featuring locally designed temporary tattoos from Mt. Airy-based Kadillac Tattoo, hairstyles from Culture Hair Salon, plus hand sewing from Handcraft Workshop, and other arts and crafts for the young ones. Entertainment will include live music on two stages from Akil Dasan, Deb Callahan Band, Johnny Showcase, Papo Gely and the Gin Canaries.

“Street Fare is not only a fabulous street festival, it’s a celebration of the continued revitalization of Germantown Avenue,” said Gupta. “Our local neighbors and businesses are excited to play host and the region better come hungry!”

For event updates and additional information about Street Fare, visit, call 215-844-6021, follow @gomtairy #stfaremtairy on Twitter and like “Go Mt. Airy” on Facebook.


Mt. Airy USA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, empower, and advance a vibrant and diverse community by stimulating development responsive to Mt. Airy. Go Mt. Airy — an initiative of Mt. Airy USA — seeks to promote area businesses and the greater community. For more information about the organization and its initiatives, please call 215-844-6021 or


Mt. Airy is SEPTA-accessible with two regional rail lines that connect Mt. Airy to Center City Philadelphia. Mt. Airy is only a 20 minute train ride from Center City.  Via Chestnut Hill West line (formerly the R8), get off at Carpenter or Allen Lane Station. Via the Chestnut Hill East line (formerly the R7), get off at Sedgwick Station. The neighborhood can also be reached by the H, XH, and 23 bus lines, which connect to the Broad Street Line at the Erie station. Valet parking will be available on a first come, first served basis. Driving directions and more parking information is available at

Belinda’s Lunch Bus – Camden, NJ

Belinda’s Lunch Bus – Camden, NJ


Sitting on a sidewalk across from the South Jersey Port Corporation in Camden, New Jersey that has definitely seen better days is Belinda’s Lunch Bus (BLB). If and when I would have a reason to divert through this area to get on Interstate 676, BLB always intrigued me. I decided to stop in and get a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on a bagel.

bus sandwich

The inside of BLB is somewhat amazing with the transformation as they were able to turn an old school bus into a quasi-diner. They have a television to watch, a long table and chairs on the driver side of bus, drink and condiment station on passenger side of the bus, counter in the middle of the bus, and kitchen taking up the entire rear. The interior of the bus is very clean and immaculate and the two women working that day could not have been nicer to the crowd waiting, which you could tell had a lot of regulars as each person knew each other by name. The bus was packed with patrons and tractor trailers surrounding it on both sides of the road waiting to get in or leaving the port. I called my order in twenty minutes before arrival, but sadly still had to wait another fifteen minutes before my order was ready. I do not rate breakfast, but what I can tell you is that my sandwich was delicious, bacon crisp the way I like, and felt welcome at BLB. You may have to wait quite a while to get what you came for, but you will as least hear the news of the day in and around the port while you are there.

2nd Annual Red Cross Fight Fire with Fire BBQ Event

Click blue link below to check out flier for event.

red cross fire with fire

It is that time of year again. Join me for not only supporting a great cause, but also to enjoy some great BBQ offering from:

Whole Hog Café

Dadz Grilled Cheez

JNA Institute of Culinary Arts

El Camino Real

St. Brian’s BBQ

The Grill Cheese

Insomnia Cookies

If that is not enough, there will also be a beer garden featuring:

City Tap House

Yard’s Brewing Company

Victory Brewing

Cisco Brewers

For more info and to buy tickets CLICK HERE



The first ever food truck festival in the Southern Shore region already has ten confirmed trucks. The Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival will host the following trucks so far including, Sum Pig, El Lechon De Negro, Surf and Turf, Zinna’s Bistro, Ahh! La Cart, Pura Vida Dogs, Shore Shake, Lincoln Grill, Churro Heaven and On a Roll Street Food.

The Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival will take place from Sept. 26 to Sept. 28, on the grounds of Kix McNutley’s, 63rd and Landis Ave. Friday. Sept 26 will be a preview night with some of the vendors open. The remaining vendors will be open Saturday Sept. 27 and Sunday Sept. 28

“We have a number of the most well-respected food trucks in our region,” said festival organizer Denis Brown. “Food truck events are new to South Jersey but we really think that between visitors and locals that it will be a big hit.”

While food trucks have become ever more popular in metro cities like Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore, there isn’t a major gathering of food trucks in the Southern Shore region. This event will bring together some of the best food trucks in the Northeast, crafters, live music, and family fun. The entire event is free to enter and open to the public.

“Whether you’re looking for pork, chicken, burgers, Spanish food, seafood, churros, or great desserts,” Brown said. “ We have great options for you to check out and hope to add a couple of more selections before the festival.”

More information on the Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival can be found at

Spaghetti Under the Stars

Catelli Dou and Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation have created a new charity event for the Voorhees Town Center called Spaghetti Under the Stars. It will be August 20th from 6:30pm to 10:30pm.

For the menu click below:

spaghetti under the stars

To buy tickets CLICK HERE


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