Celebrating Italian Culture – three days of music, food, wine, rides and games Community festival returns to its root
Hollywood, September 10, 2014 (www.feastofla.com) – The 13th Annual Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles takes over Hollywood from September 26-28 with their annual street festival, celebrating everything that it means to be Italian.
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 free kid’s corner & petting zoo, pony rides, bocce, bingo, carnival rides, games and more. Surprise celebrity guests will join the cooking team, as they demonstrate Italian recipes on the Galbani Cheese La Cucina Italiana Cooking Stage with special guest, Galbani Cheese’s very own Chef Marco. 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 to complement such mouth-watering food!
The fun-filled weekend commences on Friday, September 26th with live music and performances scheduled over the entire thirty hours the festival doors are open. Special events going on throughout the weekend, include a “Gravy-Sauce” competition, “Galbani Cheese Building Contest for Charity” and a weekend “Will You Marrow Me?” donor campaign for Be the Match registry, which recruits marrow donors to save lives of blood cancer patients. A Blood Drive for Cedars Sinai Hospital will be hosted on-site from 11am-5pm on Sunday.
A Procession of St. Gennaro on Hollywood Blvd. will begin at noon on Saturday, September 27th following the 11:00am Mass on the Main Stage presided by Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti.
“Celebrating tradition, family and great food with our community is what the Feast is all about,” said Frankie Competelli, Festival President. “For 12 years the Feast has welcomed thousands of Angelenos and everyone leaves the Feast a little happier and a littler fuller.”
The Feast will also be the last stop on the 2014 Uncle Frank’s Youth Spirit Baseball Tour, which takes families of children fighting cancer to Major League Baseball games throughout the month of September. “My father always lent a helping hand to people in need. For these families to be able to have a day of fun together, letting the kids be kids again, means the world to them,” said Ann Potenza, Festival Director. “We really appreciate the support of everyone who helps make this happen!” Uncle Frank’s Helping Hand Foundation, established in honor of Jimmy Kimmel’s real uncle and regular on Jimmy Kimmel Live! began hosting the baseball tour in 2011. The tour concludes with a pizza party at the Feast, a tour of the JKL Studio and a meet and greet with Jimmy before the families go to the Dodgers game.
Galbani Cheese (formerly Precious Cheese), same great taste, different name, is proud to be back for the 13th annual Feast! “We’re so happy to continue our support as the title sponsor of the Galbani Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro and are looking forward to this wonderful event that brings friends and families together to celebrate Italian food and culture,” said Jessica Ruth, spokesperson for Galbani Cheese.
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 26-28, 2014 (Fri 5pm-Midnight, Sat 11am-Midnight, Sun 11am-10pm). General admission is $5 and kids under 12 are Free.
The Feast of LA is affiliated with San Gennaro Society, Christ the King Church, Uncle Frank’s Helping Hand Foundation, Be the Match Marrow Registry and local Blood Drives.
About Galbani® Cheese
Precious has now joined Galbani cheese – Italy’s favorite cheese brand. The Galbani brand is known worldwide for crafting authentic cheeses in the Italian tradition; so when you see the Galbani name, you can count on the same authentic cheese you’ve come to know and love from Precious cheese, as well as a broader world of Italian cheeses to explore. Galbani and Precious brands are brought to you by Lactalis Retail Dairy, Inc. (“LRDI”), a division of Lactalis American Group, Inc. (“LAG”). With headquarters in Buffalo, NY, LAG is a subsidiary of Parmalat S.p.A., an Italian public entity majority-owned by France-based Groupe Lactalis – the world’s largest producer of premium cheese. LRDI produces a wide array of natural cheese products included among the leading brands of mozzarella, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and snack cheese sold in the United States. Our wide variety of specialty cheese is available to retail, foodservice and industrial customers. More information on Galbani cheese may be found at www.galbanicheese.com.
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