Napa Chef’s Market Season Begins Thursday May 19th In Napa

World-renowned Chefs Will Demonstrate Talent and Serve Up Tasty Treats Every Week

The seventeenth annual Thursday night Napa Chef’s Market summer season kicks off on Thursday, May 19, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on First Street in Downtown Napa. It will run through August 4. The event is free, family-oriented and open to the public.

While many cities have mid-week street festivals, only Chef’s Market features two cooking demonstrations each night, at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., featuring world-renowned chefs who are also Napa locals. After the demonstration, audience members can enjoy a sample of the food paired with a taste of wine from downtown tasting rooms. Both are free of charge.

Chef’s Market manager Julie Morales looks for ways to make the market better each year, and this year she has a couple of changes up her sleeve that market-goers should enjoy.

“The Food Truck Stop should be popular this year,” said Morales. “Food trucks are all the rage these days, and we have invited a number of them to set up at Randolph Street. So far, Cross Road Chicken, Mark’s the Spot and Phat Salads & Wraps will be in the lineup.”

That area will include some of the most popular bands, as well. “We used to put the best bands at Dwight Murray Plaza, but there is so much good music now that the Food Truck Stop stage (on Randolph) will be just as popular,” said Morales.

Other new food vendors include Pizza Azzurro, featuring a pizza oven on the street; Anna’s Catering, offering authentic Mexican food; La Crepe and Divco Dogs, a new hot dog cart.  Regular favorites such as the Oyster Guy, Willie Bird, Fillipi’s and Anderson Catering will also be on hand.

If food isn’t your thing, three musical stages will provide a musical mix to appeal to a variety of tastes.  Opening night bands include Tin Man, which was one of last season’s most popular bands; 5 AM; the All American Hot Dogs and Brian Bergeron. Chef’s Market will have a new and improved Family Entertainment Zone this year, with a focus on art and fitness for the whole family.

This area will feature recycled arts and crafts from Napa Valley Arts Council, an obstacle course from Napa Entertainment & Sports, games and fun from Napa Valley Toy Company and of course, sing-alongs and music from Miss Jenny.  It will now be located on First Street between Randolph and Franklin near Anette’s Chocolates and the new Eiko’s restaurant, formerly Piccolino’s.

A farmers market will feature fresh, local produce. This year, the farmers will be located on Coombs Street, tying them closer to the Chef’s demonstration.

“It only makes sense to have all the fresh food together,” said Morales.  Now the patrons can get the recipe from the Chef’s demo and then walk over to the Farmers Market area to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, too. “When told of the change, the farmers and the chefs loved the idea.”

Chef’s Market has been voted Best Family Outing by local radio station listeners for years.  Stroll the streets while enjoying a glass of Napa Valley wine, a cold beer or other non-alcoholic beverage.

From Highway 29, take the First Street exit toward downtown.  For more information please call (707) 257-0322 or visit www.napadowntown.com. You can also find the Napa Downtown Association on Facebook.