23 Jun Connoisseurs’ Marketplace Celebration of the Arts

MENLO PARK – Once again the much anticipated Connoisseurs’ Marketplace will be showcasing the talents of more than 200 fine art and contemporary craft exhibitors as well as the NEW Culinary Arts Corner featuring demonstrations by ten talented Bay Area chefs.  Presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, the 29th annual event will be held July 18-19 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. along beautiful Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park.

“We are delighted to bring this unique celebration of the arts to the community. We hope you will enjoy the wonderful art, food and entertainment as well as all the terrific restaurants and retail businesses that make downtown Menlo Park such an inviting place to live and visit,” says Fran Dehn, President/CEO of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce.

Stroll tree-lined Santa Cruz Avenue while enjoying the vast array of fine art from all around the country: from shimmering glassware as it sparkles in the sunlight to unique jewelry as it captures the light; masterfully crafted paintings in lush oils, delicate watercolors and bold acrylics; ceramics both functional and decorative and photography images that captures moments in time.  These are only a few of the many mediums you will enjoy in addition to the specialty foods at Gourmet Island, where food purveyors will entice you with some tasty bites both sweet and savory to sample and purchase to share with your family and friends.

Stop by the Culinary Arts Corner on Chestnut and view some fabulous cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend. A special thank you to Edible Silicon Valley Magazine for sponsoring many of the chefs demonstrations and to Kitchens by Meyer for providing the appliances. These gifted chefs will entertain and offer some creative tips to the inner “foodie” in all of us.  A feast for the eyes will certainly awaken the senses so be sure to enjoy some of the great food throughout the festival paired with a nice wine or refreshing microbrew to quench your thirst.

Enjoy the exciting glassblowing demonstrations from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday located at Johnson. Then relax with friends and neighbors while enjoying a variety of music on stage at Fremont Park with some soothing jazz with the Doug Miller and Mike Keating Quintet or for a more high energy pace you won’t want to miss Singing Wood’s marimba music.

Don’t forget to bring the kids to the NEW Kids’ Creative Center presented by Sungevity where the City of Menlo Park Community Services representatives will offer free art activities all weekend.  These young art connoisseurs will leave with their own handcrafted memento.

Enjoy the art, food and music at this fun-filled art experience when visiting this popular event.

Admission and parking are free. Public transit information: www.511.org.

For more information please call 650-325-2818 or visit www.menloparkchamber.com.

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