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Sep 28, 2011 10:07 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

San Gennaro Feast To Debut In Hampton Bays This Weekend

Sep 28, 2011 12:26 PM

This weekend, Hampton Bays will play host to the first-ever San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons, part of an attempt to attract more visitors to the East End in the fall months.

The weekend event, which will take place on Good Ground Road in the Hampton Bays this Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, was planned and organized by Simone Scotto, the owner of Scotto’s Italian Pork Store in Hampton Bays, and is expected to draw crowds from across Long Island and even New York City.

Mr. Scotto, in conjunction with the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce and several sponsors from the community, has secured an estimated 50 vendors that will be selling traditional Italian foods, conducting wine tastings and offering rides for children and adults.

“I’m really happy they are letting us do this,” Mr. Scotto said. “I am happy that the whole community can come out and have a good time.”

Mr. Scotto had been contemplating planning a feast like this for the past three or four years, and has been actively planning this weekend’s feast for the past eight months.

“It is something to do in the off-season,” he said. “There is not much to do out here in the fall, so I figured what better way to give people something to do than have a community festival.”

Joyce Gilbert, the assistant to the president of the Hampton Bays Chamber of Commerce, agrees with that assessment, adding that she hopes the two-day feast will attract people from all across the island, including those who normally do not venture to the East End after Labor Day.

“We are trying to promote the fall in the east,” she said. “We don’t just shut down our doors at the end of the summer. This is still a great place to be; it is a little bit quieter, but still an enjoyable place.”

One of the highlights of the festival will be the parade, which kicks off the feast at 11 a.m. on Saturday. A statue of San Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, that the Scotto family had custom made in Italy and shipped here will be featured at the head of the parade. Currently, the statue sits on display atop a freezer at the family’s Montauk Highway store.

Serving as the inaugural parade grand marshal will be Hampton Bays resident James Papandrea.

“This is the first festival of its kind on the East End,” Ms. Gilbert said. “We are really looking forward to a large contingent of people coming from all over Long Island and the city.”

There is no charge to attend the festival itself.

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Nice family event.
Good crowds.
The food vendors fell FAR short of any San Genaro feast expectations.
Veggies burgers? Quesadillas? and NO sausage and pepper heros????
C'mon!
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Oct 1, 11 8:59 PM
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You must have missed Scotto's - on Sunday afternoon they had meatball heros and sausage and pepper heros.

That being said... I was severely disappointed in the food choices as well... I expected an Itlaian feast (this is Long Island afterall - should be easy to find italian food vendors) but all I saw was roasted corn, funnel cakes (really?) and burgers (aside from Scotto's and Villa Pauls).

I'm sure it will be better in the years to come - but the event seemed a little unfocused, ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Oct 3, 11 7:56 PM
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You must have missed Scotto's - on Sunday afternoon they had meatball heros and sausage and pepper heros.

That being said... I was severely disappointed in the food choices as well... I expected an Itlaian feast (this is Long Island afterall - should be easy to find italian food vendors) but all I saw was roasted corn, funnel cakes (really?) and burgers (aside from Scotto's and Villa Pauls).

I'm sure it will be better in the years to come - but the event seemed a little unfocused, ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Oct 3, 11 7:56 PM
Such a great idea!!! I am so sorry that I was out of town for the inaugural event, but I will definitely make the next one! Mi piace molto gli Italiani in Hampton Bays!!! Hopefully, this event will grow into something that can express the tremendous contribution of the Italian Americans of the Hamptons to the area over the past 10 years.

Auguri!!! (no, I'm not Italian)
By john Kneski (5), Westhampton on Oct 3, 11 7:34 PM
100, not 10!!! Damn internet!
By john Kneski (5), Westhampton on Oct 3, 11 7:35 PM
I remember going to the "feast" in NYC and there was to much food. HB "feast" was very good but did not have enough food choices. Kudos to all who worked hard to put it togther, the gelato guy was great!, but HB Feast II needs more gourmet food choices. Lets do it next year!!!
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Oct 3, 11 9:51 PM
True the San Gennaro Feast in down town NYC has more food choices. But then again its right smack in the middle of Little Italy. Big difference from having it Hampton Bays. Maybe next year someone could arrange to have more authentic foods and deserts. Yum!
Big thanks to Scotto's for planning this event, good job.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Oct 3, 11 10:19 PM
Its the first year I think we need to give them a break. It exceeded my expectations. The crowds were there early and stayed late great for businesses in HB. I know next year will beat this year...already have it marked on my calender great job cant wait for san genero 2012!!!
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Oct 3, 11 10:41 PM
I loved the feast! Thank you everyone.
Next year try to get better Italian food e.g. good zeppoles and calzones. Like at the real feasts.
Otherwise, it was truly fun! Great seeing everyone. I think the whole hamlet turned out at some point.


By baywoman (165), southampton on Oct 4, 11 9:21 PM
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Can't wait for the Cinco de Mayo Fest
By patrickstar (67), hampton bays on Oct 5, 11 7:40 AM
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Exxcellent job for an intial event-it can only get better. Looking forward to next year.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Oct 7, 11 5:45 PM