The name might be a mouthful, but Menlo Park's July festival is... a mouthful. Besides the 250 plus artists bringing their finest work to display, this festival is known as much for art as for food. Local artisans from all over the Bay Area bring an endless variety of cuisine to downtown Menlo Park. The air in and around Santa Cruz Avenue becomes saturated with rich, sweet and spicy bouquets. On a single, increasingly well-known corner of Santa Cruz Avenue, near Fremont Park, sits the Connoisseur's Corner. Here artisans display hand-crafted delectables such as chutney, honey and balsamic vinegar, all for festival goers to sample and purchase. This festival attracts one of the biggest crowds of any Bay Area festival. Connoisseur's Marketplace is free and features a Kid Zone so the kiddies can entertain themselves while the adults go and indulge in good wine and drink. Full bellies are a priority, but with that achieved, there's plenty of art and live music to enjoy.
Chefs’ Demos, World-Class Collector Cars, Wine & Microbrew Tasting Added to Popular Summer FestivalThe long, laid-back days of summer are here, bringing with them the very best of the Bay Area’s popular festival season. For a sun-splashed weekend featuring world-class art by 250 of America’s top artists, two days of great music, engaging chefs’ demos, fabulous food and drink, tons of fun for kids, artisan specialty food purveyors, a new collector car show, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays and an organic and green products showcase, head to downtown Menlo Park for the 25th Annual Connoisseurs’ Marketplace, July 16-17. Take a nice, easy stroll down charming, tree-lined Santa Cruz Avenue and experience an authentic feast for the senses. Presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, large crowds are expected to pour onto the downtown streets for this vibrant celebration of visual, performing and culinary arts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is free.