Iconic Philly Food at Made in America Music Festival

Cheesesteaks and water ice were among the most popular items at this weekend’s music festival
Iconic Philly Food at Made in America Music Festival
Jane Bruce

Wild Bill's made these custom cups for Made in America.

For the third year, Jay-Z and Live Nation put on Budweiser's Made in America Festival, a two-day musical celebration in the city of brotherly love. This was the first year the festival was thrown in Los Angeles as well as Philadelphia on the same weekend. Headliners Kanye West (at both the LA and Philadelphia festivals) and Kings of Leon played for a sold out crowd at the Ben Franklin Parkway in the heart of Philadelphia. The Neighbourhood, Cherub, City and Colour, J. Cole, The National, and more performed Saturday afternoon. Veterans Spoon played on the appropriately named Rocky stage, located directly in front of the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, Sunday evening, before being interrupted by a lightning-induced evacuation. After about 30 minutes the storm had passed, and attendees were let back in to see Pharrell, Girl Talk, Tiesto, and Kings of Leon close out the weekend.

Iconic Philly Food at Made in America Music Festival (Slideshow)

The Budweiser-sponsored festival had no shortage of beer. With bars set up throughout the space, plus baseball-game-style vendors strolling through the crowds, you'd be hard pressed not to find a red tall can in everyone's hand. With the temperature creeping high into the 80s, the water vendors became more and more popular as the weekend went on. 

As far as refueling, festival-goers chose from an array of Philadelphia culinary classics. Philly cheesesteaks were a good carbo-load when the energy levels started getting low. The hotter it got, the longer the line for water ice, a flavored ice dessert in flavors like cherry and lemon, became. Almost as common as seeing a Budweiser in the crowd was seeing a Federal soft pretzel. Click through our slideshow to see what the Kanye and Pharrell fans were chowing down on between sets.


Attendees had their choice of various Budweiser products to imbibe at the festival.


The Philly natives opened the festival on Sunday afternoon.

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Jane Bruce is the Photo Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @janeebruce.