San Gennaro Feast Cancelled Again Due to Pandemic

Christian Pensa, Reporter

Over a late September weekend in 2019, thousands of tourists and locals alike lined Good Ground Road in Hampton Bays for the annual San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons. From Saturday, September 28th to Sunday, September 29th, the atmosphere was filled with vendors, live music, and Italian food.

The San Gennaro Feast is an important event for the Hamptons of New York, but for the second consecutive year, it has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each year, the San Gennaro Feast attracts thousands to the Hamptons, and shows that they can be more than just a popular summer vacation spot.

With another year of COVID comes another cancelled festival, with the new dates being announced as September 24th and 25th, 2022 for the 10-year anniversary. Financially, this cancellation may negatively affect the town. As a charitable organization, in years past the festival would focus on raising money for those in need as well as a scholarship fund for local schools. 

An event was held to support the 2022 celebration at Oakland’s Restaurant on September 15th. In a post on the official Facebook page for San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons, Inc., attendees were thanked for the success of the night, as well as the various sponsors of the event. Local businesses that supported the event include Nicolock Pavers, Pooltastic Poolworks, Mariners Cove Marina, Shinnecock Hardware, and Ricky’s Plumbing Supplies, among others. 

Given support of this magnitude, and another year, things are looking up for the 2022 San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons. However, we won’t know for sure in the near future, largely due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.