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3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook Off

South Street Headhouse District

Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook Off

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
VIP Advance Ticket Ended $30.00 $2.64
4 Food/Drink Tickets Ended $10.00 $1.54
RSVP - Free Admission @ 1pm Ended Free $0.00
Donation to the Headhouse Square Shambles Ended

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Celebrate the dog days of summer - and National Hot Dog month - with the ultimate hot dog cook-off!
South Street Headhouse District, in conjunction with Hot Diggity!, returns with the 3rd Annual Dog Day of Summer Cook-Off under the Shambles in historic Headhouse Square. Follow: #DogDays14

Dog Days of Summer will feature hot dogs and homemade sausages created by 20 restaurants and food trucks from around the region, including: 

  • Alla Spina
  • Bistro Romano
  • Brauhaus Schmitz
  • BrazBQ
  • Bridget Foy's
  • Cavanaugh's
  • Cherry Bomb Bus
  • Copabanana
  • Headhouse Oyster & Crab Co.
  • Hot Diggity!
  • Industry Bar
  • Lucky's Last Chance
  • MisConduct Tavern
  • Noir
  • Rex 1516
  • Sancho Pistola's
  • Serrano Restaurant
  • Society Hill Society
  • Tap Room on 19th
  • Twisted Tail

A panel of judges that includes media, chefs and celebrities will award three prizes to the top grill masters, including a $1,000 first place award. The ticket-buying public will also have the opportunity to try all of the hot dog creations and vote for their "fan favorite" dog. Judges announced so far include: Marc Summers, Matt Cord, Danya Henninger, Michael Klein, Drew Lazor, Josh Middleton, Audra Neff, Carly Szkaradnik and Julia West.

In addition to the professional competition, 20 contestants will compete in an amateur topping contest that features a "Philadelphia" theme this year. All topping combinations should be inspired by a favorite street, neighborhood, sports team, restaurant, or even favorite Philly Centric ingredients like our local beers, pickles and produce. The winner of the toppings contest will have their creation feaured for a month on the menu at Hot Diggity! Nominate yourself by emailing Hot Diggity! owner Keith Garabedian at keith@thehotdiggity.com. For more information and rules, visit Hot Diggity! on Facebook.

In addition to delicious dogs, attendees are invited to enjoy cold drafts provided by Victory Brewing Company, 5 O'Clock Brew Co. (21 and up) and fruity, natural and small-batch pops from Mom Pops. Live entertainment will be provided by local band Black Stars. 


A limited number of VIP tickets are on sale now for $30 and include early admission during VIP hour 12-1pm, a special VIP gift, and 20 food/drink tickets (food = 1 ticket, craft beer = 2 tickets). VIP tickets are only available in advance of the event. General admission starts at 1:00pm and is free. Food and drink for general admission is pay-as-you-go with tickets costing 4/$10 or 15/$30. Food will cost one ticket. Beer will cost two tickets.

Funds raised will support the preservation of the historic Headhouse Square Shambles. The Shambles is America’s oldest surviving Colonial-era marketplace, also known as “New Market.”  Built before the Revolution in 1745, its design mimics the many market structures or rural England – characterized by two parallel rows of brick pillars supporting a gable roof that covers an arched and plastered ceiling.  Farmers, merchants, traders, and craftsmen would back their wagons under the archway where Colonists would shop.  Headhouse Square Farmers' Market, Phair, Veg Fest, Green Fest, Philly Beer Week Beer Garden and many other events all call the Shambles their home during the year. 

Come hungry and ready to try the best hot dogs that Philadelphia has to offer!

Thank you to sponsors 5 O'Clock Brew Co., Drink Philly, Green Mountain Energy, Mom Pops, Uber, Victory Brewing Company and Yelp Philly.

For more about the event, visit www.southstreet.com, call (215) 413­-3713 or follow #DogDays14 @officialsouthst on Twitter. 

The South Street Headhouse District is a renowned commercial corridor and home to over 400 unique businesses, including some of the best restaurants, retailers, and services in the region. The South Street Headhouse District is also one of the top tourist destinations in Philadelphia, with over one million visitors each year. Surrounded by the historic neighborhoods of Society Hill, Queen Village, Bella Vista, and Washington Square West, the South Street Headhouse District is great place to eat, shop, play, and live.

Have questions about 3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook Off? Contact South Street Headhouse District

When & Where

Headhouse Square Shambles
200 Pine St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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