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The Feast of San Gennaro at the Jersey Shore

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!

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  • Bob H.

    It was very nice for a first time festival. Perhaps next years will be larger. The only person I recognized from the group was Red Bank Charlie, but had a good time anyway.

    September 11, 2012

  • Richard

    I never found the group.

    September 11, 2012

  • Richard

    I was there today, but didn't know who I should be looking for.

    September 8, 2012

    • RedBankCharlie

      Hi Richard, I did post my cell number so people could call to find us.

      September 8, 2012

    • RedBankCharlie

      Sorry, it was posted on the Venue event site

      September 8, 2012

  • Richard

    Or we could go to Asbury Park afterward for the Oyster Fest. Providing you don't mind a little rain. lol

    September 8, 2012

  • RedBankCharlie

    Here's my thought...we will probably only be able to spend 3-4 hours at the Festival.

    You can only walk around, eat and chat for so long.

    So, what are so many of us going to do after that?

    Here's my idea:

    Let's go to D'JAIS at 3:00PM!

    Here's what's going on there:

    * HAPPY HOUR ALL DAY 11:00AM to 8:00PM

    * 3:00PM KIPPLES BEACH PARTY

    * MUSIC BY DJ ROBBIE O & KIPPLES

    D'Jais
    1801 Ocean Avenue
    Belmar NJ 07719

    Let's go to D'JAIS at 3:00PM!

    redbankcharlie

    September 7, 2012

  • Richard

    Is anyone going to the festival on Sunday or later on Saturday? I can't go at 11am Saturday.

    September 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where are you all meeting and at what time?

    September 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    ill be there

    September 7, 2012

  • Richard

    How is the group coordinating meeting? He's my cell #[masked], incase you want to use cells to get everyone together. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    September 6, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      ur the one bringing the dog on the hike...awesome

      September 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a plan if it rains?

    September 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was just wondering how to find everyone being that this will be my 1st meetup event?

    August 21, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will see what I can do!

      August 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unless other have any suggestions, why don't we meet up at Nicchio Ristorante and go from there...what do you all think? Let me know!

    August 29, 2012

  • Michelle C.

    This sounds like a great venue..i will definitely be there...can't wait to meet some members..i am new to this meetups

    July 13, 2012

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