April 19, 2014

11th Annual Italian Feast of San Gennaro, September 28–30

 

The San Gennaro Foundation kicks off October’s Italian Heritage Month, a celebration of everything it means to be Italian, with their three-day annual street festival and fundraiser, The Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles.

Inspired by the 80-year-old New York City tradition, the Feast celebrates Italian culture, entertainment and cuisine, and will feature great food, music, genealogy research, a kid’s corner, bocce, bingo, carnival rides, games and more.

“The Feast of San Gennaro is something my family and I look forward to every year,” said Festival co-founder Jimmy Kimmel. “I have no doubt that our eleventh year will be a great one.”

The festival begins with the Prima Notte Gala on Thursday, Sept. 27. Hosted by Kimmel and Adam Carolla, it will celebrate Italian-Americans in Sports, including Tommy Lasorda, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Lou Cordileone and many others.

Mark DeCarlo serves as Master of Ceremonies, Louie Prima Jr. is set for a Big Band “swinging” performance and Italian-American comedians finish out the evening with a special “Comedy under the Stars” show, courtesy of the LA Improv.

The fun-filled weekend brings in surprise celebrity guests to join the cooking team, as they demonstrate Italian recipes on the Galbani Cheese La Cucina Italiana Cooking Stage with its very own Chef Marco.

A Procession of St. Gennaro on Hollywood Blvd. will begin at noon on Saturday, Sept. 29, concluding with a Mass on the Main Stage presided by Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti.

On Sunday, Sept. 30, the Feast will partner with the Order Sons of Italy in America by broadcasting a Live Telethon from the Main Stage to raise funds for Veteran charities.

“We have been bringing Italian culture to the heart of Hollywood for ten years running,” said Frankie Competelli, President of The San Gennaro Foundation, Los Angeles.

“We’re so happy to continue our support with The San Gennaro Foundation as title sponsor and look forward to this wonderful event that brings friends and families together to celebrate Italian food and culture,” said Jessica Ruth, spokesperson for Precious Galbani.

Since 2002, the San Gennaro Foundation has donated more than $750,000 to local charities that benefit Los Angeles shelters for children and families, food banks for the homeless, and school programs for underprivileged youth, among others.

Tickets for the opening night gala are available online at www.feastofla.org and are $100 each for VIP admission and $50 each for general admission. Reserved tables for 10 guests are available for $2,000 for VIP and $1,000 general.

General admission is $5; kids under 12 are free. All proceeds benefit the San Gennaro Foundation, established to provide aid to children and families in need in Los Angeles. For more information about the Galbani Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles, please visit feastofla.org or call (818) 508-0082.

The festival venue is located across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex and Metro Red Line, directly behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live Theater at 1651 N. Highland Avenue. The Feast will be held September 28-30, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.