The Borough of Belmar, home to seafood festivals, sandcastle contests, Monmouth County’s best beach and the state’s biggest St. Patrick’s Parade, is welcoming another cultural celebration. The Feast of San Gennaro at the Jersey Shore, presented by Nicchio Ristorante, will fill the streets of downtown Belmar all day Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th.
This traditional festival, first adopted by immigrants from Naples in the 1920s, is meant to honor the patron saint of San Gennaro and create a way to give back to the community. Immigrants used to collect money and wares to distribute to the poor during the street festival.
The festival will feature plenty of Italian foods, wines, games and activities, starting with the traditional procession of the statue of San Gennaro, benefitting the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Look for eating contests, dancing, games for young and old, live entertainment and exciting special guests. Many of Belmar's popular dining spots will take advantage of the festival to extend their seating outdoors.
The Festival will take place from 11 am to 10 pm on Saturday, September 8 and 11 am to 9 pm Sunday, September 9 between 10th and 12th Avenues on Belmar's Main Street. More information is available on www.feastofnj.com and we're on Facebook! Go like our page and stay up to date on everything San Gennaro!