SOURCE: Delaware River Waterfront Corp.

Delaware River Waterfront Corp.

May 01, 2012 17:05 ET

Taste of Philadelphia Promises to Add Extra Flavor to Wawa Welcome America! Festival

Popular Weekend Event to Transform Delaware River Waterfront Into Food Nirvana With an Array of Delicious Philadelphia Fare, Stellar Jazz and Blues Artists and Fireworks Sponsored by Adventure Aquarium

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - Wawa Welcome America! invites visitors and Philadelphians alike to ignite their taste buds at Taste of Philadelphia, a signature three-day food sampling event from June 29 to July 1. Each year, Taste of Philadelphia continues to expand its food offerings, family friendly activities and free music entertainment -- with 2012 set to be the "biggest bite" for food lovers yet.

Philadelphia's most notable restaurants and most famous food trucks will line the Chestnut Street bridge offering festival attendees a unique twist on the traditional sidewalk cart. As guests dine on local favorites, their eyes and ears will take "note" -- not only of the sounds of some of the nation's most storied jazz and blues musicians but also of the beautiful views of historic Philadelphia. Entertainment and admission to Penn's Landing for Taste of Philadelphia is free -- with bite-sized dishes from restaurants and food trucks offered at a few dollars each.

"Not surprisingly, our Wawa Welcome America! guests get a bigger appetite for Taste of Philadelphia each year," said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "We are taking this popular food fest to the next level, surprising and delighting those who attend with the quality and diversity of restaurants, food trucks and entertainment. There will certainly be a 'taste' for everyone throughout the entire weekend."

Throughout the duration of Taste of Philadelphia, sultry blues and jazz artists will entertain guests on two stages -- the RiverStage at Penn's Landing and the Old City Stage at Front and Chestnut Streets. For a special touch on Saturday, June 30 at 3 p.m., Taste of Philadelphia attendees will have an opportunity to meet the Wawa Welcome America! Singer/Songwriter Competition Finalists, who will perform before Philadelphia music industry judges on the RiverStage in the hopes of being crowned the 2012 winner. Later that evening, guests will be treated to free musical entertainment from top-notch talent in the jazz and blues industry. Taste will end with a bang -- literally -- as a brilliant fireworks display, sponsored by Adventure Aquarium, illuminates the sky over the Delaware River.

The final day of Taste of Philadelphia, Sunday, July 1, will be Gospel Sunday, featuring local gospel choirs performing inspiring and uplifting sets along the waterfront at the RiverStage.

Taste of Philadelphia will take place Friday, June 29 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The media partner for Taste of Philadelphia is CBS3 and The CWPhilly.

Wawa Welcome America! is a multi-day festival that celebrates America's birthday in America's birthplace, Philadelphia, and is produced by Welcome America, Inc. For more information, please visit, like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at @July4thPhilly.

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