connoisseur’s marketplace

The 28th annual Connoisseur’s Marketplace is taking place this weekend in downtown Menlo Park along Santa Cruz Avenue, and we wandered down this morning to take a look. Like similar summer street festivals there’s something for everyone — food, shopping, beer/wine and entertainment.

Spider JumpThe fun t-shirts from YeahYeah!PonyPrince, which sells original hand-painted linoleum block printed designs on a line of organic clothing and accessories, caught our eye. We visited with founders Jodi Mullen and Oscar Bevilacqua (pictured top). Jodi said they do about 50 festivals a year in addition to having a retail store in North Beach in the City. “I was an art major in college and this was a way to do art and making a living,” she said.

People ranging in age from tots to adults were enjoying the Spider Jump, and girls were lining up to be transformed into fairy princesses at Fairies and Feathers. We ran into Alessandra who was looking oh so pretty in pink. She was gracious enough to pose at Fremont Park with her mother Carole.

Two princessesA food newcomer to the Marketplace this year is Ñora Cocina Espanalo. Chefs were on the street preparing massive pots of paella —  Spanish bomba rice and saffron mixed with shrimp, chicken and chorizo (pictured below).

Today’s events conclude with an after hours concert in Fremont Park from 5:30 to 8:00 pm featuring Steely Dan/Chicago tribute band, Aja Vu. Hours on Sunday are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Nora Cocina Espanola

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Spotted: Connoisseurs Marketplace sign – one week in advance

If you’ve been to downtown Menlo Park today, you’ve seen signs warning that Santa Cruz Avenue will be closed between 4:00 pm Friday and 11:59 on Sunday due to the Connoisseurs Marketplace. All well and good, except the event is next weekend, July 19-20. More details are available online

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Project Read learners give back to community at Connoisseurs’ Marketplace

Stop by the Information Booth at the Connoisseurs’ Marketplace, located on Santa Cruz Avenue near Crane Street, and you’ll be greeted by friendly folks who can point the way to the restrooms (the most common question), give you the live band schedule, or tell you the time of the next cooking demonstration. These booth volunteers know their […]

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Picking up after the big weekend

A Menlo Park city worker loads traffic barriers near University and Santa Cruz after this past weekend’s events, including the Connoisseur’s Marketplace and farmer’s market. It is amazing to this observer how quickly the extensive array of booths, stands, et al. go up and come down, complete with a major street cleanup. Kudos, city workers!

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