I will miss the Oktoberfest this year. Dr. B offered to pack me off to my girlfriends in Munich for a week. Call me crazy, but after barely seeing him for 5 years, I passed. I hope all my friends are enjoying a splendid Wiesn' and I hope to be there next year.
Of course that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do here in New York. The Feast of San Gennaro is a celebration in Little Italy I've attended on and off since the 80's but it's been a good 10 years since I've been there. So instead of wielding a maß (liter mug of beer) and a giant pretzel, I walked down to Little Italy to
stuff my face bask in a little festival atmosphere.
This is the festival's 85th year. San Gennaro is the patron saint of Naples and the festival pays homage to early italian immigrants to NYC.
But today the feast is all about feasting.
For me, it's always about the cannolis. Always. So dessert first it was.
There were plenty of the usual varieties but cannolis have gone artisanal. Who knew?
With flavors like birthday cake and peanut butter cup, I was in cannoli heaven. My favorite was the mint chocolate chip.
Pizza might have been a silly choice but I was first intrigued by this ziti version...
I passed and went with the pizza with vodka sauce. Had to.
Not so much cheese but it was all about the sauce and all about the yum.
MozzArepas? Never heard of them so I had to try.
Fried corn cakes with mozzerella in the middle.
O.M.G. It was way too greasy to finish the whole thing but it was fabulous.
I admit I hesitated briefly in front of that sign.
But I just couldn't go there. Pass.
Pickle Me Pete was serving up some interesting choices.
My pick was the super spicy version. It looks like that was everyone else's too.
Can't forget to mention the cookies and candy...
The festival still has plenty of attitude.
With a bit of Jersey Shore on the side.
It's still quirky.
What's a feast without basta bananas?
Or a little tiki time?
It was great to see this event is still filled with great NYC character and characters.