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CANCELED: Celebrate Italian Culture And Cuisine At The Belmar Feast Of San Gennaro

The 2020 Belmar Feast of San Gennaro is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please contact Belmar tourism officials at 732-681-3700, ext. 214, for more information.

You don't have to be of Italian descent to enjoy the Belmar Feast of San Gennaro at the Jersey Shore. This two-day cultural and culinary celebration takes place September 19 and 20, 2020, in downtown Belmar, New Jersey, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days.

In addition to plenty of food truck fare such as sausage and peppers, pasta and zeppole, you'll find live music, dancing, and vendor shopping along the festival route between 10th and 12th Avenues in Belmar. Shops and restaurants throughout Belmar will also be open during the festival.

The original San Gennaro Festival started in Little Italy (New York) in 1926 by recently arrived Italian immigrants to honor the patron saint of their hometown, St. Gennaro. Belmar launched its inaugural Feast of San Gennaro in 2012 as a way of giving back to the Jersey Shore community. RELATED: Upcoming events in Belmar, NJ

The Belmar Feast of San Gennaro is a street festival that celebrates the cuisine and culture of Italian-Americans.

On Saturday, September 19, the celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a special Mass of San Gennaro at St. Rose Catholic Church in Belmar. The Mass will be presented in Italian. Immediately after Mass, join the procession down Main Street, where the Statue of San Gennaro will be proudly displayed in the center of Main Street for all to see and honor.

During the 2019 event, Belmar Mayor Mark Walsifer recognized local residents Rosalba Mistretta Morris with a San Gennaro of the Jersey Shore Italian-American Businesswoman of the Year award, Maria Florio with a Daughter of San Gennaro of the Jersey Shore award, and Anthony "Sonny" Nardone as the San Gennaro of the Jersey Shore Italian-American Businessman of the Year. The mayor also honored Belmar resident Ralph Marino as the Son of San Gennaro of the Jersey Shore.

In addition, the Belmar Italian festival will include a cannoli-eating contest sponsored by Sweet!, a family-owned candy and confection shop. Proceeds from the $15 admission fee will be donated to a local charitable organization. In 2019, the proceeds were donated to the Belmar Circle of Friends HYDAS, a non-profit that benefits young adults with special needs, and the prior year's proceeds were donated to MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue for the medical care of their bulldogs in need.

All participants in the Sweet! cannoli-eating contest will receive a commemorative T-shirt. The winner also receives a $25 Sweet! gift certificate and recognition on a custom-engraved plaque displayed in the shop for all to see.

Belmar Feast of San Gennaro

Saturday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 20, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Cannoli-Eating Contest

Saturday, September 19, 1:00 p.m.

Two divisions: Adults (age 13 and older) and kids (age 12 and under)

$15 entry fee

For more information about the Belmar San Gennaro Festival, or to inquire about being a food or market vendor, contact the Belmar Tourism Commission at 732-681-3700, ext. 214. Please call 732-280-8889 to register for the cannoli-eating contest, or stop by 702 10th Avenue by September 13 to register in person.

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