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Menlo Park Connoisseurs Marketplace July 21-22

World-class art, music, chef’s demos, food, drink, collector car show, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, organic and green products showcase, and loads of kids activities to boot, this summer, the Menlo Park Connoisseurs Marketplace July 21-22 is where it’s at.


More than 250 of America's finest artists and craftmakers will be exhibiting their latest work at Connoisseurs' Marketplace, July 21-22, 2012 in Menlo Park CA (photo courtesy of Miramar Events)


It’s the 26th year for the Menlo Park Connoisseurs’ Marketplace July 21-22. Presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Santa Cruz Avenue, admission is free.

While enjoying this summer festival, you’ll likely meet 250 artists and craftmakers. There will be sculpture, paintings, photography, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, leather, wood, metal, and mixed media, and so much more. Your eyes will thank you.

After you’ve had your fill of art, the Bay Area music scene rocks out with nine bands playing music from classic rock ‘n roll, rhythm and blues, contemporary jazz, funk, dance and party music on stage and the street. Just thinking of all this music makes my body want to move and groove. There will be a free “Saturday After-Hours Concert” featuring The Big Dig, a 12 piece funk and R&B band, from 5:30-8 p.m. in Fremont Park. The music lineup includes The Groove Kings, Six String, Drive, The Jesse Charles Band, SF Bay Jazz, HeartStrings Music, Bob Culbertson, and Emerson & The GroWiser Band.

Of course you can’t have a bonafide festival without food. Well, I can’t. I love food. At the Menlo Park Connoisseur’s Marketplace you’ll find variety; fresh roasted corn-on-the-cob, artichoke hearts topped with crab and shrimp, samosas, tandoori chicken, lamb and vegetarian, spit-roasted gyros, falafel, Philly cheese steaks, fried calamari with cilantro-lime sauce, barbecued oysters, crab cakes, smoked turkey legs, tri-tip and portobello mushroom sandwiches, garlic fries, Hawaiian shredded pork sandwiches, smoked bratwurst and Polish dogs, tamales, tacos, garlic chicken and pork kebobs, pupusas, fish tacos, fish and chips, strawberry shortcake, smoothies, kettle corn, sorbet, Italian ice and fresh-squeezed lemonade. Complementing the food will be exceptional wine, microbrews, refreshing margaritas and mojitos. I wasn’t kidding. There really will be something for everyone. Be sure to loosen the waist on whatever you’re wearing, it’s gonna be grand.

Choi Tse of Hoop Play will be providing a fun-filled hula hooping experience with performances, demos and activities at Connoisseurs' Marketplace, July 21-22, 2012 in Menlo Park CA (photo courtesy of Miramar Events)


Got kids? No problem. Menlo Park Connoisseurs’ Marketplace has it covered with a Kids’ Fun Zone. Temporary tattoos, face painting, inflatable bounces, carnival and train rides, a 24-foot climbing wall, handmade fairy tutus, feather hair extensions, magic shows,  cool fossils digs and dinosaur art, plus music, dance, games and prizes with the Radio Disney Road Crew.

What I’m most excited about is the Chefs’ Demo Tent showcasing talented chefs from top local restaurants who put on a fabulous show, preparing dishes that reflect their imagination and style, while offering festival goers creative ideas and tips to try in the kitchen at home. Rounding out the lineup is the Connoisseurs’ Collector Car Showcase, featuring a special display of world-class automobiles, presented by AutoVino.

The festival runs July 21-22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Santa Cruz Avenue from El Camino Real to Johnson Street in Menlo Park. Admission and parking are free. For festival information, call 650-325-2818 or visit


It looks to be a great family summer party.



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