July 10, 2012 > Newark SummerFest
By Jessica Noel Flohr
Photos By Bill Mancebo
Don't be fooled by the mild weather and cool breezes - summertime is here and with it comes summer festivals. Food, fun, drinks, and music make a great mid-summer Bay Area weekend even better. The Newark Chamber of Commerce and City of Newark Recycles have scheduled a fabulous festival at the NewPark Mall July 14-15; sure to be a great time for the whole family!
Admission to SummerFest, in its fourth year, is free and includes a weekend full of things to do, see, taste, and hear. A wide array of microbrews and wines will satisfy the thirsty crowd while Kids' Zone rides and activities will entertain the little ones. Older kids and kids at heart can admire custom vehicles at the car and motorcycle show while listening to a variety of bands and local performers throughout the day. Bands scheduled include Highway 4, Rock & Roll Time Machine, Blues Kitchen, The Diehards with Susan Harlow, Spill the Wine, Mixed Nuts, and Zydeco On Our Minds.
Past year Summerfests and the array of food truck food options have received great reviews. The food court, run by the Food Truck Mafia, offers excellent food and reserves a portion of their proceeds for schools and nonprofit organizations - good food and a good cause rolled into one! Expected food truck attendance includes Forbidden City, Pizza Pimps, Twister Truck, Rice Rockit, Sunrise Deli and others.
In addition to wine, beer, and a belly full of traditional summer eats, shoppers can take heart as local artisans and commercial vendors will be offering their wares - maybe some early Christmas shopping is in order? Parking is plentiful and free; this is the perfect venue to add to a safe and enjoyable weekend.
Bring your friends and family to the NewPark Mall to enjoy summer sunshine and great music.
Saturday, July 14 - Sunday, July 15
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
NewPark Mall, Newark