The 12th Annual Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles, takes place this weekend, September 27–29, 2013. The festival is hosted by event co-founder Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla. Inspired by the New York City tradition, the Feast celebrates Italian culture with entertainment, food, music, genealogy research, a kid’s corner, bocce, bingo, carnival rides, games and more.
The event opens tonight with the Prima Notte Gala on Thursday, September 26th. “The evening features Mark DeCarlo as Master of Ceremonies, silent and live auctions, an “Italian Casino & Poker Tournament” pay tribute to Italy from North to South, including music made famous from the “San Remo Music and “That’s Amore! An American Italian Songbook.”
The Feast itself takes place on Hawthorn Ave. (between Highland and Orange) in Hollywood beginning at noon on Saturday, September 28th and concluding with a Mass on the Main Stage. Catholics represent! “The festival venue is conveniently located across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex and Metro Red Line, directly behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live Theater at 1651 N. Highland Ave.”
Tickets for the opening night Prima Notte gala are available online at $30 each for general admission with food and drink available for purchase. Reserved tables for 10 guests are available for $1,000 with a five course family-style dinner included. Entry for Poker Tournament is $100 per player. Admission to the weekend Festival is $5. Kids 12 and under are free.
“The San Gennaro Foundation has donated over $1,000,000 to local charities that benefit Los Angeles shelters for children and families, food banks for the homeless, and school programs for underprivileged youth, among others.”