Philly Cheesesteak and Food Fest: October 13th, 2018- Philadelphia, PA

The Philly Cheesesteak and Food Fest will be held on October 13th, 2018 at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. We had the opportunity to attend last years event and this is one that we are very much looking forward to again this year! Everything you need to know about the event can be found below.


Philadelphia’s largest food & entertainment festival returns, this year with a new venue, to the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia on Saturday, October 13th! Enjoy a family friendly day at the arena filled with Philly’s most iconic foods featuring 25+ restaurants & vendors, live entertainment, Astrafoods cheesesteak eating competition, carnival attractions & games, craft beer garden, local vendors & much more!

When: Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Where: 2300 Arena – 2300 S Swanson St. Philadelphia, PA 19148
Time: 12PM – 6PM (VIP), 1PM – 6PM



General Admission (1PM-6PM) $14.95*

  • Entrance into festival
  • Complimentary French Fries
  • First Drink Free (Good for Beer, Wine, Water, or Soda)

VIP Package (12PM – 6PM) $54.95*

  • 60 Min VIP early entrance 
  • 10 Cheesesteak & food vouchers
  • 4 Beverage Vouchers (Good for Beer, Wine, Water, or Soda)
  • Private Indoor VIP Area – Includes close access to restrooms, VIP Entertainment, Private VIP Bar & More!

Kids Admission (Ages 10 & under are Free)

  • Ages 10 & under are free & require no ticket


Come hungry as there will be over 25 of the area’s best cheesesteak restaurants and food purveyors dishing out a variety of samples of cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches, hoagies, water ice, soft pretzels, and more!


Earn your seat to the 2017 Cheesesteak eating contest by attending our free qualifiers at (Announcements with location & time coming)

  • 1st place $1,000 00 & 2018 Championship belt 
  • 2nd place $500
  • 3rd place $250


Have a restaurant, food truck or vendor inquiry? Drop us a line at, call (888) 827-8340 or visit us at


  • Carnival rides & games 
  • Face Painters & Balloon Twisters


Bring your dancing shoes and expect to hear the sounds of traditional rock, acoustic acts, Philly’s best DJ’s, Mechanical Bull, tailgating games & more! 


All tickets purchased for The Philly Cheesesteak & Food Fest by phone or online are final. We Do Not issue refunds & this is a rain or shine indoor/outdoor event.

Check out all the additional details & purchase tickets by heading to today!



Q:  What is the size of each Sample?

A:  It will depend on the sample item. Cheesesteak, Hoagie, Roast Pork, and other sandwiches will be 1.5-2″ samples. Other items will vary, however will all be a 2-3 bite sample.

Q:  What type of  Food will be available for Sampling?

A:  Cheesesteaks, Hoagies, Roast Pork Sandwiches, Pretzels, Water Ice, and other classic Philly foods.

Q:  I’m a vegetarian, is there anything for me?

A:  Yes, There will be food at the event that is vegetarian friendly.  We are currently working with Vendors that will be sampling Vegetarian Options.  This is important to us.

Q:  Will there be Gluten Free Options?

A:  Yes, there will be Gluten Free food options at the event.  


Q:  Do I have to buy the samples at the event or does my ticket include samples?

A:  Premium and VIP tickets will include Sample Vouchers. General Admission Tickets will not include vouchers, but sample sheets can be purchased inside the festival gates in sheets of 5 samples for $10. 

Q:  How do I get a  Sample from one of the Food Vendors?

A:  When you visit a Vendor’s booth, you would hand them one of your Sample Vouchers and in return they will hand you a Sample.

Q:  How do I become a vendor at Philly’s Food Fest?

A:  Click HERE to fill out our Vendor Application Form.


Q:  Are Children permitted at this Festival?

A:  Yes.  In fact, Children 8 years old and under are Free.

Q:  If I buy the “VIP” Ticket, can I bring my child into the VIP Rooftop without purchasing a “VIP” Ticket for my child?

A:  Yes, every VIP Ticket can bring a guest along with them to the VIP Rooftop.


Q:  How does the Craft Beer Sampling Work?

A:  Guests can enjoy samples of craft beer in the Craft Beer Sampling Garden for an additional charge of $20 that will be payable at the entrance of the beer garden. 


Q:  Are there additional fees and taxes associated with my ticket?

A:  Yes, there will be a service fee that will include processing and all applicable taxes.


Q.  Should I purchase my Ticket before the event?

A.  Yes!  This event has a limited capacity and most likely will sell out.  Do not miss out.

Q.  Can I purchase my Ticket at the venue other than on event day (if the event is not sold out)?

A.  Tickets for the Festival are only available online (exception – if the event is not sold out, tickets will be available for purchase at the venue the day of event).

Q.  Is this a “Rain or Shine” Event?

A.  Yes…if rainy, please bring a rain coat but the show will go on!


Q.  Are Pets allowed?

A.  Unfortunately, no pets are allowed.


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