Event Details

  • June 2, 2018
  • 11:15 am - 3:00 pm
  • $55 - $550

Venue

  • Custom House Plaza
  • 20 Custom House Plaza
  • Monterey, CA 93940

Event Description

Save the Date! La Merienda! Celebrate the City of Monterey's 248th 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 2, 2018. Monterey's 248th birthday celebration "La Merienda", the City's oldest and very significant annual event, will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 11:15 am to 3 pm in the Memory Garden on Custom House Plaza. For the past 87 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, sauteed shrimp scamp, Paella and more delicious accompaniments and a few culinary surprises. This mouthwatering feast will be followed by our traditional dessert, a beautiful multi-layered birthday cake decorated with roses, from Layers Bakery. La Merienda features Master of Ceremonies David Marzetti and outstanding entertainment by local legend and Accordion player extraordinaire Mike Marotta Jr. & 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, see http//museumofmonterey.org/lamerienda. Children and grandchildren of attendees 4 to11 years old may celebrate with their very own "La Merienda para los Ninos” held concurrently at the MHAA/Stanton Center, featuring a full program of activities including participation in the cake ceremony. All guests are also welcome to dress in 18th century costume. 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 87 years and all proceeds go towards supporting Monterey's history and arts programs. For further information, go to montereyhistoryandart.org or call (831) 372-2311 or email LaMerienda2018@gmail.com To schedule an interview, contact Wendy Brickman at (831) 594-1500 or email brickman@brickmanmarketing.com. At a Glance: What: 87th Annual La Merienda Celebration - City of Monterey’s 248th birthday party features a BARBECUE BUFFET EXTRAVAGANZA by Old Fisherman’s Grotto Chefs and the VIP Merienda Barbecue Committee who will create a five-star culinary experience featuring Certified Angus Beef New York steak, BBQ chicken breast, mild Italian sausage, salmon, sauteed scampi shrimp, Paella, complemented by 3 salad choices: mixed greens, pasta, and fruit salad, fire roasted sweet corn, fresh-made chili beans, fresh grilled garlic bread, fresh-made salsa and more. Included with the meal are complimentary wine, beer, coffee, tea and soft drinks. The mouth-watering feast is followed by the traditional outstanding dessert, a beautiful multi-layered birthday cake from Layers Bakery donated by Tina Del Piero an