In Search of the Perfect Cheesesteak

Lincoln Financial Field will host the first Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24.

It might be odd that it took many decades for the greater Philadelphia region to host a food festival celebrating its most ubiquitous food—nonetheless, it has finally arrived. To celebrate our much-lauded sandwich, Lincoln Financial Field will welcome cheesesteak lovers on Saturday, Oct. 24, for the inaugural Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival.

The festival is slated to get underway at 11 a.m., with more than 50 participating restaurants slinging their renditions. Attendees can expect the obvious Philly kingpins, Pat’s and Geno’s, aside cult-favorites like the Anthony Bourdain-buzzed Donkey’s Place. Additional regional favorites will include Tony Luke’s Cheesesteaks, Shank’s Original, Fat Jack’s BBQ, Twenty9, The Pierogie Kitchen and Railroad Street Bar and Grill.

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While noshing on the many flavors of the area’s favorites is the main event, there will also be a cheesesteak eating competition, a seriously intense cheesesteak cook-off, and even a record-breaking 450-foot cheesesteak construction courtesy of Steve’s Prince of Steaks (built, of course, on classic Amoroso’s rolls).

Live music, drinks, carnival games, food trucks and much more will round out the celebration. Want in? Tickets range from $20 to $40 per person, with $20 granting general admission and $40 scoring entrance into the festival, 10 cheesesteak samples and a T-shirt.

Photo by Ed Williams.

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