Published on September 8 2023

DRWC is seeking proposals from restaurateurs, restaurant groups, artisan food vendors or individuals to lease space and operate a high quality food and non-alcoholic beverage seasonal operation within Independence Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest.  

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DRWC hopes to capture the diversity of Philadelphia’s local fare and have a unique offering of menu items. The organization is seeking responses from companies or individuals with a solid background in the food service business to oversee operations, including the health department and other food/beverage-related agency interface. Preference is given for proposals that emphasize quality products offered in an attractive, appealing manner that highlights the growing culinary arts scene in Philadelphia.

Applicants should be self-sufficient. DRWC will not provide cooking equipment. In most cases, DRWC can provide power and access to water.  In the Sea-Box, DRWC will provide the structure, power, limited storage, kitchen hood with Ansul fire suppression system, and access to water.

Applicants must apply for and adhere to all City of Philadelphia Office of Food Protection permits, procedures, and regulations.


  • Request Released on September 8, 2023
  • Submit questions to by September 29, 2023
  • Optional Site Visit, Please RSVP to for availability.
  • Proposals are due by 5:00 PM on October 6, 2023
  • Vendor(s) selected by mid-October
  • Food concession program to commence November 24, 2023

Proposals should be sent to the email inbox , Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, October 06, 2023, at 5:00 P.M. EST. Large files can be sent via Dropbox web URL link to the submission  email address. 

Review the full RFP below:

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    RFP: Food Vendors for Independence Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest 2023-2024 Season
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    Conflict of Interest Disclosure