92nd Annual La Merienda

                                                 Tickets Now Available to the Public for the

92nd La Merienda

Saturday, June 3, 2023


Note: Ticket purchase cutoff is May 27th

May 2023. Monterey, CA.  Don’t miss Monterey History & Art Association’s premier annual event! A limited number of tickets are now available to the public to attend the 92nd Annual La Merienda, held on Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 11:15 am – 3:00 pm, outdoors in the Memory Garden off of the Custom House Plaza-Monterey State Historic Park.


Tickets:  MHAA members $100. Non-members $125. Tickets are only available through May 27th via the website at www.montereyhistory.org


For more information, call (831) 277-0796 or email [email protected].


About La Merienda
La Merienda celebrates the City of Monterey's 253rd birthday with a very special BARBECUE BUFFET EXTRAVAGANZA, a five-star culinary experience created by the OLD FISHERMAN’S GROTTO CHEFS and the VIP Merienda Barbecue Committee, with entertainment by Mike Marotta, Jr. & special guests, mariachis, folklorico dancers, and a festive "Californio" party.


This year’s delectable menu will include Prime Rib Eye Steak, Smoked BBQ Chicken, BBQ Mild Italian Sausage, BBQ Salmon, Pork Ribs, Paella, Fresh Fruit & Berries Mix, Pasta Salad (Heirloom Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Red Onions tossed in Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar), Special Shake Family Salad (Greens tossed with Mango, Papaya, Candied Walnuts and Gorgonzola Cheese in Balsamic Vinaigrette), Fresh Made Corn Bread, Fresh Made Salsa, Fresh Made Chile Beans, and Fire Roasted Sweet Corn.  This mouthwatering feast will be followed by the La Merienda traditional dessert, a beautiful multi-layered birthday cake from Layers Bakery and wine, beer, soft drinks, coffee, tea and water all included in the ticket price. The majestic cake is donated by Tina Del Piero and Lynn Tomlinson and decorated with roses by Jackie Craghead, cut ceremoniously with the historic sword of Colonel Fitch. Gallant dons, donas and senoritas in 18th century costumes will be the order of the day at this festive "Californio" party. There is also a Silent Auction.  The VIP Merienda Barbecue Committee features an array of community leaders and elected officials!


All proceeds above the cost of La Merienda itself will go to Monterey History & Art Association (MHAA), a 501c3 non-profit organization, to support and maintenance of Casa Serrano, the Doud House and the Mayo Hayes O’Donnell Library.   


The event’s history and more details are available at www.montereyhistory.org