A food festival in University City Thursday night turned into a wet T-shirt contest and light show when an intense thunderstorm and lightning hovered over the city at about 8 p.m.
Still, some of Philadelphia's hard-core foodies stuck it out and splashed their way across a parking lot on 39th and Market to try dishes and sweets from vendors participating in the Philadelphia Night Market.
The event is organized by The Food Trust, a non-profit that works to ensure that all of Philadelphia's communities have access to healthy and affordable foods.
Organizers said there will be more night-market events throughout the summer, and hopefully the weather will be a little more cooperative.
"We had a lot of people, a lot of food, all kinds of different people enjoying themselves, music - and then, the heavens opened up and the rain came down," Yael Lehmann, executive director of The Food Trust said as a bolt of lightning tore through the sky behind her.
Despite the rain, the crowd - enthusiastic and soaking wet - still lined up for burgers, sausages, pizza, tacos and cupcakes, and crossed their fingers that the beer garden would stay open through the downpour.
"It was a great crowd, the food was amazing - this is sort of an interesting surprise," said John Weidman, while rain hammered on the thin roof of a white tent toward the corner of the parking lot.
He was huddled under the tent with his wife, Ebony, and many others who ran for cover.