The smell of cannoli’s and Italian sausage and peppers is already in the air at this year’s feast of San Gennaro! The 85th celebration kicked off last week with it’s famous cannoli eating contest. Patrick Bertoletti, 26, broke the all time record by eating 32 cannolis in 6 minutes. If you missed it, have no fear, there are plenty of pizza and pasta eating contests all week.
Running along Mott Street from Hester to Prince, enjoy the street festival filled with amazing (yes, we mean amazing) Italian foods and delicacies, carnival games, live music and so much more. Located in NYC’s area of Little Italy, you can also pop into the cafe’s and restaurants for great deals and a wonderful dinner experience. Activities run from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (midnight on Fridays and Saturdays) and the festival will end this weekend on September 25th.
Today is Official Feast Day so there is a religious procession begin at Most Precious Blood Church, and will proceed north on Mulberry to Houston, then move south on Mott to Grand, where they will turn right on Grand to Baxter Street. The Grand Procession is also on Saturday, September 24 and will run the same route.
To learn more about the San Gennaro Feast, visit the official website here. It’s a must see event (ahem, eat) in NYC. Be sure to go hungry!