As summer comes to an end and we turn the calendars to September, my thoughts immediately go towards pumpkin ales, apple picking and crisp cool mornings. My taste buds, however, can’t stop thinking about the San Gennaro Festival in Manhattans’ Little Italy. The Feast of San Gennaro was originally a one-day religious commemoration. It arrived to the United States in September 1926 when immigrants from Naples Italy congregated along Mulberry Street, to continue the tradition they had followed in Italy to celebrate Saint Januarius, the Patron Saint of Naples.
The immigrant families on Mulberry Street who started the feast, a group of cafe owners, erected a small chapel in the street to house the image of their patron Saint. They invited all to partake of their wares, asking the devoted to pin an offering to the ribbon streamers that are hung from the statue's apron. This money was then distributed to the needy poor of the neighborhood. Over time, the festival expanded into an 11-day street fair organized and run by people outside the neighborhood. It is now an annual celebration of food and drink during the month of September.
So I know you ask yourself, why would an Irish bar named “The Nutty Irishman” be so excited to participate in Farmingdale’s 1st annual San Gennaro Festival…….for the Food, Beer and Live Music of course!! The town of Farmingdale will close Main Street to traffic, allowing pedestrians to walk from the train station to the fire department. All the local merchants and restaurants will flow onto the streets with tables and chairs for everyone to enjoy food, drinks and live music. The Nutty Irishman recently hired a new energetic chef, “Moose”. In addition to his many talents serving up the best Gastro-Pub Fare on Long Island, he will be transforming his kitchen to serve up mouth-watering Italian cuisine. Look for dishes like, Sausage, Peppers & onions, Chicken Parmesan, Eggplant Parmesan, Meatballs, Baked Ziti and much more. With live music in the air and an Accordion Player walking amongst the tables, Farmingdale will be transformed into an Italian Piazza.
I know - I know, but what about the beer!!! Staying within the traditions of Italy, The Nutty Irishman will be serving up local Italian beers like Peroni (Peroni is the number one lager brand in Italy and has been for over one and a half centuries. This premium, clear, golden-yellow lager, with 4.7 ABV, is the result of the dedication to brewing of generations of the most qualified braumeisters. Brewed using the finest spring barley malts and hops, its taste is slightly bitter. A refreshing smooth lager, Peroni is suitable for all occasions.) and Birra Moretti (Birra Moretti is a genuine beer produced using a traditional process that has remained almost unchanged since 1859. To produce Birra Moretti, only the highest quality raw materials are used and a particular mixture of valuable hops, that gives the beer its aroma and unique fragrance, intensifying the slight bitter flavour. It is a low fermented beer that has a golden colour, the tone of which is given by the quality of malt used. The alcoholic content is 4,6% volume that make it suitable to drink at any time of the day. In fact it is a perfect accompaniment to both dinner and lunch or to drink in the evening with friends.) Keeping up with the Fall traditions, there will also be a number of Pumpkin beers from local breweries. Topping the 16oz pint glass with a blend of sugar and cinnamon, how could you pass one of these baby’s up.
So come and enjoy an Irish Pubs first Italian Festival!!!!! Get all the info here.