Celebrating Italian Culture - three days of music, food, wine, dancing and games
A family-friendly festival that supports local charities
(www.feastofla.com) – The 15th Annual Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles takes over Hollywood from September 23-25 with their annual street festival, celebrating everything that it means to be Italian. The savory smells of Italian sausage and peppers, meatballs simmering in homemade sauce, baked clams on the half shell, warm cheese on perfectly crusted pizza and sugar-powdered zeppole fill the streets of Hollywood while patrons enjoy cold glasses of sangria and listen to the sweet sounds of opera, jazz and big band late into the night!
Inspired by the 80+ year old New York City tradition, the Feast celebrates Italian culture, entertainment and cuisine by featuring great food, music, genealogy research, free kid’s corner & petting zoo, pony rides, bocce, bingo, games and more. Over thirty hours of live music and performances are scheduled throughout the weekend on the Galbani Cheese Main Stage and special guest, Galbani Cheese’s very own Chef Marco, will demonstrate cooking Italian recipes on Saturday, September 24th at 6pm and host a “Galbani Cheese Building Contest for Charity” at 7pm. A “Gravy-Sauce Cooking Competition,” open to all levels of chefs, is a two-day contest full of favorite family recipes and stories for all to enjoy.
“For fifteen years we have been bringing Italian culture to the heart of Hollywood,” said Frankie Competelli, Festival President. “We have welcomed thousands of Angelenos, celebrated tradition family, and great food with the community and everyone leaves happy and with a little red sauce on their shirts!”
St. Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples Italy, worked tirelessly to help people in need and is the inspiration for the Feast created in his name. The Mass & Procession of St. Gennaro on Hollywood Blvd. begins at 11am on Saturday, September 24th, presided by Monsignors Montoya and Cacciapuoti. The festival commences on Friday, September 23rd and lends support to local charities throughout the weekend, including a “Will You Marrow Me?” donor campaign for Be the Match registry, which recruits marrow donors to save lives of blood cancer patients. A local Blood Drive will be hosted on-site from 11am-5pm on Sunday September 27th. The Feast will also be the last stop on the Youth Cancer Baseball Tour, which takes families of children fighting cancer to Major League Baseball games. The Uncle Frank Helping Hand Foundation, established in honor of Jimmy Kimmel’s real uncle and regular cast member on Jimmy Kimmel Live! began hosting the baseball tour upon the year of his passing in 2011. “My dad (Uncle Frank) was always helping others and lending a hand to those in need. The idea that he is helping families have a fun day together would mean the world to him,” said Ann Potenza, Festival Director. “The support from the community to make this happen is overwhelming and greatly appreciated.”
“Galbani Cheese is proud to be back as the title sponsor for the 15th annual Feast,” said Jessica Ruth, spokesperson for Galbani Cheese. “We love being a part of this event, as it brings together friends and family as they celebrate Italian food and culture.”
All weekend long, festival patrons are invited to enjoy complimentary Galbani Cheese samples and photo souvenirs from the Galbani photo booth. Festival photos can be shared at #GalbaniItalianFest.
The festival venue is conveniently located across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex and Metro Red Line, at 1651 N. Highland Ave, one block south of Hollywood Blvd. The Feast will be held September 23-25, 2016 (Fri 5pm-Midnight, Sat 11am-Midnight, Sun 11am-10pm). General admission is $5 and kids under 12 are Free.
This year, the Feast is affiliated with Christ the King Church, Midnight Mission, PAL (Police Activities League), Uncle Frank Helping Hand Foundation, Be the Match registry and local blood drives. The Feast also extends support to various Italian American organizations. For more information about the Galbani® Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles, please visit www.feastofla.com.
About The Feast of San Gennaro LA
The Feast of San Gennaro LA was originally created in 2002 under the auspices of The San Gennaro Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit created by celebrity Jimmy Kimmel, producer Douglas DeLuca and restaurateur Frankie Competelli, along with some of Los Angeles’ most prominent Italian-American citizens. Although the Foundation closed its doors in 2014, its mission, to emulate St. Gennaro, patron saint of Naples who worked tirelessly to help people in need, continues to this day by partnering with various local charities that help underprivileged children and homeless in LA, as well as to provide entertainment and cultural enrichment to the community through its cultural outreach program.
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