Dishes at Bing Bing Dim Sum, which will serve bites at Flavors on the Avenue on East Passsyunk (Jessica Kourkounis)

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It’s a big weekend for runners, between the Penn Relays and Sunday’s Broad Street Run.

But it’s also a big weekend for food lovers (when isn’t it?), with watch parties, a cool chef residency, a blowout street fest, and more.

Pretzels + prime rib

Reason to venture into the Live Casino in South Philly? Chef Justin Nelson is celebrating consecutive national food days – April 26 honors pretzels, April 27 prime rib — with a pretzel-bun prime rib slider. Served with housemade beer cheese sauce ($8), it’s available during happy hour both Wednesday and Thursday. If you’re into the NFL Draft, hit up the Sports & Social bar (a former BP Quizzo venue), which is serving $4 draft beers and showing the action on its 52-foot 4k “media wall.”

The Prime Rib at Live! Casino & Hotel | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27   

Prime rib pretzel sliders for National Pretzel Day and National Prime Rib Day at The Prime Rib (Courtesy Live Casino)

Funky Friday

Get down with brews and beats courtesy of Neshaminy Creek. The Bristol, Pa., beermaker is bringing its new Mango Blonde Ale, the first in a new line of flavors inspired by Rita’s Italian Ice, to an early Friday shindig in Old City, with tunes provided by local DJ collective Vinyl Tap 215. If mango beer isn’t your thing, the brewery will also be pouring its popular Tart Tooth Sour Wheat Ale and J.A.W.N. American Pale Ale.

Independence Beer Garden | 4 to 8 p.m. Friday April 28

Independence Beer Garden (Danya Henninger/Billy Penn) Credit: Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

Dim Sum at the Kimmel

Chef Sally Song of Dim Sum Garden kicks off her tenure as Volver’s chef in residence on April 26, bringing a selection of her specialty dumplings to Jose Garces’ Kimmel Center fine dining venue. The menu features four entrees — pork noodles, chicken curry, honey walnut shrimp, and black pepper sauce steak — and a mango-tapioca pudding for dessert. Song’s residency runs through June 3; reservations recommended.

Volvér | 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday

Chefs Sally Song of Dim Sum Garden and Jose Garces of Volver (Courtesy Volver)

Flavors of the Avenue

East Passyunk’s spring festival makes its highly anticipated return, showcasing the avenue’s deliciously diverse food selection. With over 50 eateries participating this year –— including Cantina los Caballitos, Bing Bing Dim Sum, Ember & Ash, Kouklet Brazilian Bakehouse, and recent avenue addition MoonNight — you’d do best to arrive early (and maybe a few days underfed). Liquid refreshment will be provided by Cartesian Brewing, Manatawny Still Works, and The Bottle Shop. Everything is pay as you go.

East Passyunk Avenue | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30

Flavors of the Avenue on East Passyunk (East Passyunk BID)

Dogwarts Quidditch Tournament

Gruffindor vs Slobberin? Perhaps! The Dogwarts School of Good Boys and Good Girls (aka Craft Hall and Unleashed Bark & Beer) hosts the first ever competitive Quidditch Match for canines at the waterfront venue. The canine games are preceded by a Hat Sorting and opening ceremony, with handcrafted “potions” available for human adult audience members. All proceeds benefit the PSPCA. Think your puggle can catch the golden snitch and bring glory to their house? Register them here to find out. No werewolves, please.

Craft Hall and Unleashed Bark & Beer, 901 N. Delaware Avenue | 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 30

Yep, that’s a dog in wizard wear. (Courtesy Craft Hall/Bark & Beer)
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Ali MohsenFood & Drink Reporter

Ali Mohsen is Billy Penn's food and drink reporter.