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Belmar’s Feast of San Gennaro: Meatball and Pasta Contests Cap Last Day of Celebration

Waves on Main is offering several of its signature Italian dishes during Belmar's Feast of San Gennaro, which continues Sunday, September 17. Credits: Wave on Main
Belmar's Feast of San Gennaro, will continue on Sunday, September 17, featuring a plethora of authentic Italian food choices. Credits: Belmar Tourism Commission

BELMAR, NJ —  Meatball making and pasta eating contests are on the menu for the final day of Belmar’s fifth annual Feast of San Gennaro on Sunday, September 17.

Belmar’s Best Meatball Contest, sponsored by Federico’s, will be held at 11 a.m. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate from the Belmar pizzeria and restaurant.

Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty is one of the featured competitors in a Pasta Eating Contest, to be held at 1 p.m. Sponsor Patrizia's of Red Bank will hold a chef’s demonstration at 12:15 p.m.

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The three-block area of Main Street between 10th and 13th Avenues is serving as the festival’s hub from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Attendees will enjoy a plethora of authentic Italian food choices, a beer and wine garden, contests and games, children’s activities, and performances by top-notch musicians and dancers.

Another highlight of the festivities is the creation of a large-size mural at The Working Artist, 1102 Main Street. Anyone is invited to participate in the artistic project, which continues through to Sunday afternoon.

As for entertainment, the Metropolitan Festival Band will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Bob Ballack from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sponsored by the Belmar Tourism Commission, the festival has been growing in popularity since its inception, drawing dozens of vendors from throughout the region, as well as corporate sponsors.

For more information and updates on Belmar’s Feast of San Gennaro, visit its Facebook page by clicking here.


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