Private panel with Philadelphia Eagle Brian Dawkins, special menu items and more during weeklong event

PHILADELPHIA — March 21, 2022 — Every day is Cheesesteak Day in Philadelphia, but March 24 is National Cheesesteak Day, and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is celebrating all week long, from March 21 to March 25, with special events and freebies. Travelers can enjoy cheesesteaks and cheesesteak-inspired items from 13 renowned local eateries throughout the airport.

The spotlight event of Cheesesteak Week will be a private tasting with former Philadelphia Eagle and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins on Tuesday, March 22, at Chickie’s & Pete’s, located in the D/E Connector. This private panel event will be recorded and available for travelers to watch on PHL Food & Shops’ social media and website at Travelers can still experience all this celebration has to offer in other activities taking place all week long.

"One thing Philadelphia knows is cheesesteaks, and we’re excited to share our city’s specialty with travelers," said Mel Hannah, Vice President and General Manager of MarketPlace PHL. "This weeklong event will allow guests to have an authentic Philly experience."
Get a taste of what celebrating Philly’s favorite sandwich will look like at Philadelphia International Airport during Cheesesteak Week at these events.

Spotlight Event — Private Cheesesteak Tasting Panel
March 22, noon-1 p.m., Chickie’s & Pete’s, D/E Connector

Four panelists, including Philadelphia Eagles’ fan favorite and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins, will sample items from Chickie’s & Pete’s robust cheesesteak menu and their perfect Pepsi pairings while discussing all things Philly: cheesesteaks, football and more. Guests can view highlights of this event on PHL Food & Shops’ social media and website at

Cheesesteak Tour
March 21-25

Interactive tour maps displayed throughout the airport will feature all 13 PHL Food & Shops restaurants that offer cheesesteaks or cheesesteak-related items. Guests can scan the QR code, displayed on various Cheesesteak Week promo items, at any of the participating locations to access the map that highlights each location, the cheesesteak menu items and their perfect Pepsi pairings.

Delivery of Free Pretzel Factory Mini Cheesesteaks
March 21-25

Any time a guest places a delivery order with the Grab app or via during delivery hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and uses the keyword "Cheesesteak" in the order notes, they’ll receive a free order of cheesesteak pretzel rivets from Philly Pretzel Factory. Travelers can also look out for PHL Food & Shops’ delivery robot, Jawnbot, which may deliver some of these orders.

Snapchat Filter
March 21-25

During Cheesesteak Week, anyone in the airport or within its proximity can use the Cheesesteak Day/Week Snapchat filter. Guests are encouraged to tag PHL Food & Shops and PHL Airport in their posts and use #SayCheesesteak for a chance to be featured on social media.
For more information on all events and offers taking place during Cheesesteak Week, please visit

MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is the private partner with the City of Philadelphia in the management of the food and retail programs throughout Philadelphia International Airport. The award-winning program offers more than 170 shops, restaurants and services. The MarketPlace PHL portfolio features local Philly favorites, as well as regional and national brands. MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is a partnership between MarketPlace Development, a Boston-based airport retail development firm, and LeJeune & Associates, a Philadelphia-based retail development, management and consulting firm. For more information, visit

Shaina Gilstein
For MarketPlace PHL