Cookie contest at Midtown Village's Oktoberfest

Midtown Village's Fall Festival (noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1), whose epicenter is 13th and Walnut Streets, will have a strong food component.

Among the goods on sale will be El Vez's grilled corn on the cob; Fergie's fried pickles, Scotch eggs and potato pancakes; fried shrimp tacos with tomatillo sauce from 13 at the Marriott; the Loews' spicy crab chowder; Opa's chicken gyros; Barbuzzo's pickled onions, veggie slaw and BBQ; Raw's autumn sushi rolls; Hard Rock Cafe's mini pulled BBQ pork and chicken sandwiches; and Philly Cupcake truck.

Save room for the "I Love Philadelphia" cookie-eating contest, scheduled from 3:45 and 4 p.m. at 13th and Locust Streets. It's an oversize shortbread cookie, baked by Philadelphia Chocolate, bearing an image of the skyline of Philly including Macy's, the Art Museum, Reading Terminal clock, the LOVE statue and the Phillies P. Contestants can eat as many as they can stomach to the theme song from Rocky.

Details here.

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