Known for it’s tight knit community and excellent eating, Boston’s North End Neighborhood has always been a dynamic neighborhood rich with history and full of culture. Celebrating Saint Anthony of Padua, The Feast of Saint Anthony has been celebrated in the North End since 1919. It is a celebration that lasts three days (this year it took place from August 28 – August 30th) and is one of the biggest celebrations of its kind. To be honest it had been a long time since I had ventured down to the North End for one of the festivals. But remembering how much fun they were when I used to go more often with friends, I decided that this year I should check out the Feast of Saint Anthony one more time.
Even with narrow streets the crowds were able to file through. Pizzeria Regina is in the Background.
Almost every stall seemed like it was food based. It’s not a complaint, just an observation. Needless to say, this made deciding what to eat very hard.
Not a traditional Italian Food, Arepas made a cameo.
Lots of amazing looking fried foods
The streets were decorated and everyone was out.
Cannoli shells waiting to be stuffed. I know it’s a little soft, but what can I say… I was excited.
The signage was simple but effective. The lure of the food was all in the wonderful smells.
Around 1:00 the streets were already jam packed.
Saint Anthony, in his shrine received visitors.
Just in case you needed a T-Shirt to set the record straight, there were plenty.
Scarves, for different teams.
Restaurants also had open areas set up and there were some carnival games on different streets.
Another view of Saint Anthony’s Shrine
People were just happy to be out checking thing out.
I don’t eat it very often but I still really like Torrone.
How could there not be a stand for tasting olive oil!? Everything I tried was delicious.
I think these are Arancini, and they were enormous.
At one point there was no where to walk without potentially walking into someone eating. Probably the sign of a successful festival.
Fried Oreos!? Woah!!!! I’m going to hazard a guess that this is not a traditional italian food, but who cares!?
Fried cheesecake too!
That is a huge drumstick. Can one person even eat all that!? Hmmm…
chocolate dipped Pizelle, Marshmallows, Apples, and Strawberries. Who doesn’t like stuff dipped in chocolate!?
I loved this table. I had no idea there was such diversity in Italian music. I also almost caved in and got “The Real Italo Party” out of curiosity… but I didn’t.
Polcari’s Coffee. I just really like this storefront.
Hand written signage!!! Some of the “Best Sangria” and a “Delicous Cannoli” sound like a great idea.