The last two weeks in August are very exciting in Bensonhurst, because it means that it’s once again time to celebrate the Feast of Saint Rosalie (Santa Rosalia).
This event has been captivating Brooklynites for many years. The Feast takes place every year in Bensonhurst on 18th Avenue (Christoforo Colombo Blvd.) from 65th Street – 75th Street. The Event runs for the last two weeks in August, ending on Labor Day. Although the Feast has gotten smaller through the years, it still manages attracts thousands of people during it’s two-week run.
The 18th Avenue Feast mainly revolves around food. As with the Italian Culture, food is a mainstay. You can find every type of Italian food you can imagine such as Panelles (Fried chi-chi- bean patties), Fried Calamari, Steaks, Corn on the Cobb, Sausage and Pepper, and the list goes on and on.
There is also a huge array of Italian Pastries to be had. 18th Avenue is known for it’s bakery’s such as Villa bate-Alba and Christoforo Colombo. The bakery’s set up tables outside of their establishments to sell their Gelato and Pastries as well as cater to their long lines of customers inside their stores as well. The same goes for the many Italian restaurants that line Christoforo Colombo Blvd. There are also many restaurants which offer additional outside seating for the duration of the Feast.
Aside from the food, the18th Ave Feast is a great place for children. There are quite a few kiddie rides,as well as pony rides, temporary tattoo’s and face painting. The kids will also have a great time trying to win a goldfish or a stuffed animal with all the different games to choose from.
Also featured are different Italian bands which perform at the bandstand set up between 74th and 75th Street. Local radio stations also pay a visit to entertain the crowds around 69th Street. 103.5 KTU has been there a few years as well as several Oldie Stations along with some live performers.
Make sure to bring you wallet along as this feast is not cheap. Sausage and pepper sandwiches cost around $9.00 now. During it’s run, the Feast takes place for the entire two weeks in the evenings. On Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day it runs from the daytime into the nighttime.
So the next time you want to visit Bensonhurst, make sure to do so during the last two weeks in August and visit to the18th Avenue Feast. Be sure to bring the whole family along, as there is something for everyone. Once you get a taste of that food and the culture, you will be coming back every year for more.