MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair lovers rejoice! Several much-loved Hometown Fair favorites will be available in Manhattan Beach during the weekend the fair would normally take place — the first weekend in October.
"When we made the announcement that we couldn’t meet in-person [due to COVID-19], nobody was more disappointed than us," said Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair President Joe Marcy. "We received overwhelming support from the community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Many of you understood the circumstances and wanted to support our comeback."
Pepperbellies, tri-tip sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches and funnel cakes will be available at four restaurants that are carrying on the spirit of the Hometown Fair, in spite of the pandemic. The downtown Manhattan Beach restaurants offering these Fair favorites with their own culinary spins are Brewco, Zinc @ Shade, Rock'N Fish and The Strand House. Pepperbellies will be available at Brewco,tri-tip sandwiches at Zinc @ Shade, pulled pork sandwiches at Rock'N Fish and funnel cakes at The Strand House.
"We were determined to maintain a strong community presence fair weekend, he noted. "We
worked hard to develop and launch new initiatives for our fairgoers. For the first time in
our 48 year history, we’re doing things drastically different while honoring our beloved
traditions. Our web traffic and social media engagement have set new records,
outperforming previous years by large margins."
The all-volunteer Hometown Fair board has worked hard to find ways to bring the community together and to raise funds to provide community grants and scholarships as a way to replace the fundraising dollars many civic organizations gain by holding activity/game and food booths at the Fair.
To that end, on Friday, Oct. 2, Johnny Rockets on Rosecrans Avenue will donate a portion of sales when you mention "Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair." Corner Bakery in Manhattan Village is doing much the same on Saturday, Oct. 3 as is Panda Express Chinese Kitchen on Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. Please visit this page on the Hometown Fair website for details.
A portion of the proceeds from these fair food favorites as well as following purchase guidelines for Johnny Rockets, Corner Bakery and Panda Express will fund community grants and scholarships, said Joe Marcy, president of the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair.