Bethany Qualls | Jul 13, 2011
It might be the 25th Connoisseurs’ Marketplace in Menlo Park, CA, but this premier food and wine festival never seems to show its age. Chef demos, live music, collector cars, fine art from 250 of America’s best artists, incredible food and drink, and much more takes over Santa Cruz Ave and downtown Menlo Park July 16-17.
Imagine sampling 2007 Kings Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and other fine wines before moving on to gustatory delights from the world over, including gumbo, bratwurst, pupusas, Italian ices, and more. This sunny weekend food and wine festival has tons of family friendly fun with special activities for kids and adults alike, from a Froghopper and Kids’ Copters rides to a 24-foot climbing wall and several other arts and crafts activities. Fine wine and food purveyors will also showcase their wares, making the 25th Annual Connoisseur’s Marketplace a vibrant celebration of visual, performing and culinary arts. It’s no surprise that this the biggest annual event presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce.
Admission is free to world-class sampler for the senses, with various wine and beer tastings for $10 a person. The 25th Annual Connoisseur’s Marketplace takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The special Saturday After Hours Concert is from 5:30-8 p.m. in Fremont Park, featuring David Martin’s House Party, the Bay Area’s legendary, high-energy dance band. We’ll see you there for some delicious fun in the sun.
About the Author: A teacher, traveler, student of languages, and wrangler of words, Bethany harbors a love of helping others find information and communicate it in the clearest way possible. She has taught English as a foreign language in France, Serbia, and the U.S., maintained records for archeological excavations in Greece and Turkey, proofread or edited almost every kind of document known to humankind. When not finding even more delicious food at the latest restaurant or reading in the sporadic San Francisco sunshine (an art to itself) she loves storytelling, biking, and bringing people together. She finds that conferences are often a concentrated milieu for finding interesting folks and is currently working on a MA in English Literature at SFSU.