La Merienda celebrates the City of Monterey’s 249th birthday with a very special BARBECUE BUFFET EXTRAVAGANZA, a five-star culinary experience created by the OLD FISHERMAN’S GROTTO CHEFS and the VIP Merienda Barbecue Committee, with entertainment by Mike Marotta, Jr. & special guests, mariachis, folklorico dancers, and a festive “Californio” party in the historic Memory Garden on Custom House Plaza on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
Monterey’s 248th birthday celebration “La Merienda”, the City’s oldest and very significant annual event, will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 11:15 am to 3 pm in the Memory Garden on Custom House Plaza. For the past 88 years, the Monterey History & Art Association has hosted this community fiesta to commemorate the founding of the City of Monterey when in 1770 Father Junipero Serra and Captain Gaspar de Portola celebrated with a picnic overlooking the Monterey Bay.
The OLD FISHERMAN’S GROTTO CHEFS and the VIP Merienda Barbeque Committee will once again create La Merienda’s BBQ BUFFET EXTRAVAGANZA, a five-star culinary experience that includes Certified Angus Beef New York Steak, BBQ chicken breast, mild Italian sausage, salmon, sautéed shrimp scamp, Paella and more delicious accompaniments and a few culinary surprises. This mouthwatering feast will be followed by the La Merienda traditional dessert, a beautiful multi-layered birthday cake decorated with roses, from Layers Bakery, cut ceremoniously with the historic sword of Colonel Fitch.
La Merienda also features Master of Ceremonies David Marzetti and outstanding entertainment by local legend and accordion player extraordinaire Mike Marotta Jr. and his special guests, mariachis and folkorico dancers. Gallant dons, donas and senoritas in 18th century costumes will be the order of the day at this festive “Californio” party. For more details for this not-to-be-missed event, go towww.montereyhistory.org/LaMerienda.
Community Members are invited to Host a Party Within the Party!
La Merienda can be described as a “party within a party” with uniquely decorated hosted tables. Attendees invite friends, don a costume, decorate a table, and have fun at this festive event! Local companies are encouraged to purchase a table for their staff or special customers. Or, just come for the celebration, join a table and make some new friends. Meet elected officials, military leaders, and local dignitaries at this not-to-be-missed annual event! This outstanding party attracts over 500 people each year. Monterey History & Art Association (MHAA) has hosted this party for the last 88 years and all proceeds go towards supporting Monterey’s history and arts programs, Mayo Hayes O’Donnell Library, Sloat Landing, Casa Serrano, Doud House and Garden, Dali 17, and La Merienda.
For further information, go to www.MontereyHistory.org or call (831) 372-2311 or email LaMerienda2019@gmail.com To schedule an interview, contact Wendy Brickman at (831) 594-1500 or email email@example.com.
In keeping with tradition as old as the city itself, this is a multi-day community celebration featuring the Family Fun Day – Chalk Fest, Feast of Flavors, Pet Parade, Sock Hop, the Story of the Blue Willow pageant and fireworks.
2018 SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
FEAST OF LANTERNS OPENING CEREMONIES
July 24, 2019
12:00pm at Chautauqua Hall in downtown Pacific Grove, CA.
FEAST OF FLAVORS
July 25, 2019
11:30am – 1:30pm at Chautauqua Hall in downtown Pacific Grove, CA.
FEAST OF LANTERNS PET PARADE
July 26, 2019
2:00pm at Caledonia Park in downtown Pacific Grove, CA. The parade starts at 2:30pm.
THE FEAST OF DANCE
July 27, 2019
6:00pm – 9:00pm at Chautauqua Hall in downtown Pacific Grove, CA.
FEAST DAY AT LOVER’S POINT
July 27, 2019
Kids activities from 11:00am till 7:00pm.
Yoga with the Royal Court 11:15am till 12:30pm.
Pier Entertainment starts at 12:30pm.
Pageant and Sponsors walk starts at 8:00pm.
FEAST OF LANTERNS CLOSING CEREMONIES
July 28, 2018
2:00pm at Chautauqua Hall in downtown Pacific Grove, CA.