Connoisseurs' Marketplace, Menlo Park's annual street festival sponsored by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, continues today on downtown Santa Cruz Avenue.
Santa Cruz Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic in the festival zone, from El Camino Real to Johnson Street. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Parking is available in the parking plazas adjacent to Santa Cruz Avenue, and on side streets surrounding the festival. Admission and parking are free. Pets are not allowed at the festival.
This 22nd annual festival features international cuisine, nonstop music, a juried show with fine art, and 250 artists.
Ten bands, including the Woogie Men and California Beach Boys, will perform.
"Organic Alley," a new feature this year, is in a tented area and offers samples from local organic purveyors. One of the vendors, Planet Organics, a home-delivery service based in Sonoma, exhibits its delivery boxes packed with seasonal produce.
Draeger's supermarket is conducting cooking demonstrations from noon to 4 p.m. in the Menlo Park store at 1010 University Drive.
Food stalls are dishing up Philly cheese steaks, falafel sandwiches, gyros, seafood gumbo, barbecued oysters, tri-tip sandwiches, fish tacos, chicken wraps, kettle corn, frozen yogurt and more. There also is a wide selection of wine, margaritas and beer.
The Kids' Fun Zone has a 24-foot climbing wall, sand sculptures, face painting, balloon artists, clowns, bounce houses, temporary tattoos and train rides.
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the city's police department has set up community safety exhibits. The police tent offers children free DNA kits and computer fingerprinting. Parents can take home computerized photographs and fingerprints of their children.
The fire district has set up an emergency preparedness trailer to educate the public about many types of emergencies. A history of earthquakes will be shown on a large video monitor and the trailer will shake just like the real thing. Both exhibits will be on Chestnut Street.
Menlo Park resident and businessman Rick Ciardella is chairman of the street festival.
For more information, call 325-2818.