Monday, May 21, 2018

Get Your Summer in Line with These San Jose Festivals!

Food & Music festivals during the beautiful Summers of San Jose go hand in hand. There are some fantastic festivals coming our way & while we can’t possibly cover them all, there are several that we wanted to make sure you are aware of.


SubZERO Festival

June 1st & 2nd from 6pm to midnight the 11th annual SubZERO festival will take place in San Jose’s downtown SoFA district. This ‘artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup’ is where ‘street meets geek.’ Join the artists, performers, & musicians on multiple stages celebrating the indie creative spirit & you can also enjoy South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly art walk. There are dozens of artists & vendors already scheduled & you can click here for a complete breakdown of the musical guests & what time/stages they’ll be on.


Come Be Greek For A Day!

Celebrating their 47th year, The San Jose Greek Festival will be held the entire weekend of June 1-3. Spotlighting the South Bay Area’s Greek community, this cultural festival includes traditional live music and dancing and of course delicious Greek food and drink, along with local-made and handcrafted items. This is a family friendly outdoor festival where you and the kids can experience authentic Greek cuisine and culture that’ll have you all saying “Yiamas” (to our health)!


You’ve Got a Date On Fridays.

Each and every Friday this Summer you can visit San Pedro Square for the Downtown San Jose Farmer’s Market from 10 AM – 2 PM. Live entertainment sets the atmosphere perfectly and with over 30 California-based growers, you have the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown produce along with handmade goods, arts & crafts, and lots of family-friendly activities. Get out and enjoy beautiful downtown San Jose and have a blast at this weekly food & music festival.


Get Your Reggae On.

July 14th at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds starting at 11am you can enjoy a fantastic day full of fun. The Island Reggae Festival is enjoying its 7th year & will have tons of live music, a Polynesian Dance Showcase, plenty of food & merchandise vendors, arts & crafts, a tattoo showcase, & unlimited carnival rides for kids 12 & under. This is a full day of fun in San Jose so be sure to take along your lawn chair or towel/blanket.


So much music, so much food… so little time.


The awesome music festivals around San Jose are really just getting started & we know that you want to stay up-to-date on the great options in the area. We also know that the beautiful weather of the Bay Area means that you likely have your own upcoming event this Summer or Fall. At Handheld Catering we can handle all of your San Jose catering food needs to ensure that your special occasion is just that: special. Reunions, corporate events, weddings, and any other social event is the perfect time to call Handheld Catering.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What’s New in San Jose Food?

Summer is the time for food & fun around San Jose and we’ve found a few things we think you’ll really enjoy. From vegan pastries to delicious seafood, these San Jose food events are definitely kicking it up a notch.


Eat, Pray, Amore!

On Saturday June 2 from 6 to 8:30 PM, a spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be hosted by the Advent Lutheran Church in Morgan Hill. Tickets are only $5-$7, proceeds go toward the church’s Texas youth trip planned at the end of the month, & the night will include live music as well as the spaghetti dinner, drinks, & dessert. Click here to purchase tickets & help a good cause.


Outdoor Seafood Boil!

June 28th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM visit the Sunnyvale TAP’T location for a Summer Kickoff Seafood Boil. The price is only $25 & includes a “bag” of seafood including; crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, sausage, corn, & potatoes prepared with TAP’T’s house cajun spices. There will be open seating out on their patio along with 24 craft beers & other beverage selections for your enjoyment. Visit their website for directions & more info.


MILQ Tea Bar & Lounge

Jackson Avenue recently welcomed newcomer MILQ & so far the buzz has been pretty, well, buzzing. Set with a unique decor complete with lighted tables with swirling water inside them, club-like lighting throughout, & even live music, MILQ brings a new flavor to San Jose. Whether you’re looking for some good boba or want to cool off with something new, MILQ looks set to not disappoint.



Been smelling something new & delicious on your way to work? Downtown San Jose has a new reason to look forward to lunch time & the aroma appears to be only half the delight. The desserts & pastries at Cinnaholic will leave you questioning your assumptions regarding vegan foods & selections & I suggest that if you desire to make it home with any to share, put them in the trunk. Although this is kind of genius on Cinnaholic’s end… I had to return & restock 3 times before I finally figured out the trunk trick.


Let Us Do The Cooking!

Of course Summer in San Jose also means lots of weddings, corporate events, reunions, and so much more and we know that you want the best when it comes to catering your special day. We love what we do here at Handheld Catering for Bay Area event catering and we’ll work with you to create a custom menu that will leave your guests impressed.. and ‘fully’ satisfied. Give us a call today and let us help you make this a day to remember.


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Friday, May 4, 2018

Fest Profile! The Sunnyvale Art Wine & Music Festival

Today we are profiling The Sunnyvale Art Wine & Music Festival

Saturday, June 2 at 10 AM kicks off the 44th annual Sunnyvale Art, Wine & Music Festival. Just head down to historic Murphy Avenue in downtown Sunnyvale both Saturday and Sunday to enjoy live music and over 350 of the nation’s best artists. There is no admission fee and carnival rides are available for kids ages 3 – 8 years old, while the adults can enjoy the selection of margaritas, sangria, champagne, quality beer, and of course, plenty of fine wines courtesy of vendors such as the Artisan Wine Depot.

Sponsored this year by the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce and the festival is set to take place come rain or shine. With a fantastic list of vendors on hand at the food court , no one in the family is going to go hungry that day. Of course there will be the festival-favorites such as roasted corn from Ear-Good Corn Roast, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and other guilty pleasures, but there will be some fantastic selections from Mediterranean Grill & Go, Capelo’s Barbecue, The Tamale Factory, Gaspachos, Elks Care, Roderick’s, Barrett’s, & Aroma Concessions.

Local musical performers such as Aftershock, California Blues Machine, Third Sol, Sage, & Charged Particles will be on stage throughout both days and again, there’s bound to be something for everyone at this festival. This is a weekend full of gorgeous arts and crafts, local live bands, fantastic food, wine, and fun for the whole family.

The Sunnyvale Art, Wine & Music Festival is open from 10 AM to 6 PM both June 2 & 3 and if you’re interested in becoming a vendor you can contact the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce or find additional details and an application at

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Áo Dài Festival

The fifth annual Vietnamese-American art and culture celebration will be Saturday, May 12 at the Fairmont San Jose from 5 PM to 10:30 PM. The Ao Dai Festival is a multi-dimensional experience that celebrates Vietnamese culture and art where you can join internationally acclaimed designers and watch a wondrously colorful parade and pre-show ceremony complete with a tapestry of colored flags and red silk banners. There will be a festival ceremony featuring a Dragon Dance Troupe, dozens of drummers, horn players, and Ao Dai models. You will also see dancers and stilt walkers dressed in the astonishingly exquisite & traditional Vietnamese long gown known as Áo Dài.


Food and wine will be served by the chefs of the Fairmont and there will be an evening cocktail reception, designer’s walk, and topping it off with a “dinner-show extravaganza” known as “Hôi Trùng Dúóng” or “Confluence of the Rivers.”  


There will be performances this year by the Vietnamese Lasallian Youth Troupe, a highly energetic drum concert, and renowned singers Hà Thanh Xuân and Dông Lan will be appearing as well. The Saigon Chamber Ensemble is also set to appear and there will be other renowned musicians providing the exotic sounds of Vietnamese traditional music and sparking the festivities.


There will also be humanitarian awards, Ao Dai fashion awards, and a live auction for great items such as a wine collector package valued at $1400, a lunch at Three Seasons with Jenn Chung and festival creator Jenny Do, and an ultimate dining experience for 12 people with executive Chef Rosalie Cartwright, just to name a few.


The San Jose Museum of Art and CNDC are co-sponsors this year and the festival is organized by nonprofit organizations. If you’d like to volunteer to help at this year’s festival, or want more information about the live auction or other events, simply visit for more information.


The Ao Dai Festival was developed by Jenny Do to bring together artists and social activists who firmly believe in humanity through arts, attempting to use their art to change society in positive ways. The festival has generated a deeper appreciation of Vietnamese history by highlighting the best aspects of the Vietnamese culture, which is fairly unknown among the general population of this country.


Mark your calendars now for May 12 and don’t miss the spectacular Ao Dai festival in beautiful San Jose.

Need a catering company in San Jose? Give Handheld Catering a call for weddings, corporate event or office catering, and special events.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Upcoming Summer Events for Food & Music Lovers in San Jose

Summer is almost here and that means plenty of fun music festivals around the Bay Area. And that means.. FOOD!


The 41st annual Nikkei Matsuri Festival is April 29 9:30 AM to 4 PM in San Jose. Live entertainment will be on 2 stages throughout the day with performances by Shamisen, San Jose Taiko, Bachido, The Wesley Jazz Ensemble, and more! There will be Japanese art, cultural showcases displaying Japanese traditional art and a whole day of celebrating Japanese-American heritage. And don’t miss out on plenty of authentic Japanese cuisine provided by 13 different vendors (so far and if you want to sign up just visit the site) with Tempura, Korokke, Vegetarian Curry, Iced Green Tea, Yaki Soba, Gyoza, and much more.


San Jose’s Japanese-American community started this festival in 1976 as part of America’s Bicentennial celebration and has been going strong ever since. You don’t want to miss it!

The Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh is May 12th – 13th in downtown Mountain View. The Gaelic word ‘Fleadh’ is pronounced “Fla” and means ‘Festival.’ This is the 4th annual festival hosted by the Irish Bar & Restaurant St. Stephens Green and is only possible through the help of volunteers. So if you’d like to join in on the fun, head on down!


The local Mountain View Avas Supermarket will be selling Irish treats like Tayto and other popular Irish snacks and local Irish vendors will have Fish & Chips, Corned Beef Rolls, Shepard’s Pie, and much more. There will be plenty of beer and wine of course and you can even get your hands on a commemorative glass at this year’s festival. But an Irish festival wouldn’t be complete without music and this year the US tribute band Zoo Station is returning along with The Black Donnellys, which will be part of their World Breaking Tour of 60 gigs in 50 states in 35 days. There will be other music entertainment throughout the weekend and you can find out more details at their website. Don’t miss the fun!


And that’s barely getting the Summer started! We’ll have more info in the coming weeks on other festivals and events around San Jose & the Bay Area, so check back often and let us know if there’s an event you’d like us to talk about.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Upcoming Food Festivals for Hungry Folks in San Jose!

Spring is in the air in & around San Jose & it’s the perfect time to get out & enjoy the festivals. Whether you’re looking for something new to do or eat, the Bay Area has it covered in April. Below are just a few of the many events we’re lucky enough to experience in this fair city.


Visit the newest Dog Haus Biergarten in Belmont as they celebrate their grand opening from 11 AM to 10 PM on April 14 with a FREE food event giving away Haus Dogs all day long. Don’t miss out on “the absolute wurst” giveaway and help welcome them to town or visit their site for additional locations.


Saturday, April 14 from 830 to 11 AM join executive chef Daniel Grice at Maggiano’s Little Italy in San Jose for a kid’s cooking class. It’s $25 per child & each will receive their own chef hat, apron, recipe card, & be treated to a brunch buffet. Mom & dad you can enjoy the brunch for an additional $15.


Also on the 14th – at Cabrillo College is the Aptos Farmers Market from 8 AM to 12 PM. Get your hands on premium quality produce & specialty foods while mingling with the producers. Over 90 vendors available, many of which are certified organic. Certified sushi Chef Carlos Mayorga will teach you how to make crab, shrimp, and tempura rolls from scratch. Join him at the New Leaf Community Markets in Santa Cruz on April 19 from 6 to 8 PM.


The International Chocolate Festival is at San Mateo Event Center April 21 & 22nd. Tickets are $25-$55 & this festival will have chocolate samples, chocolate making demonstrations, demo kitchens, wine/beer pairings, & much more. This is a MUST visit 2-day event for Bay Area chocolate lovers. Watch how chocolate goes from simple concept to taking the bean and turning it into that chocolate bar, bonbon, and the rest of the things we crave so much. A portion of the proceeds go to area non-profits and food banks so get out there April 21 & 22nd for a SWEET time and help some good causes.


Need to stay up to date with all of the latest and greatest food and art events in the Bay? Check out the Handheld Catering blog!

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Bay Area Brew Fest Is Back In Town

There is always something BREWING in the Bay Area, and the next memorable event is just around the corner. The Bay Area Brew Festival is back for its seventh year and it looks like it’s going to be bigger and better. The Fest will take place at Pier 35, San Francisco on March 24.


If you have never been to The Bay Area Brew Festival, you are missing out. It is a day full of food trucks, djs, photo booths, breweries and of course BEER!. Admission includes unlimited beer samplings, with VIP attendees getting an extra hour of admission and some specialty beers poured during the first hour.


The Bay Area Brew Fest is put on my the very only, Drink Eat Play . They are a LA based event production company, producing entertaining and memorable experiences. They have events across the country such as  80s and 90s Prom, Tribute fests, food events and of course beer festivals.


This year, The Bay Area Brew Fest’s proceeds will benefit Coppers Dream Animal Rescue whose aim is to rescue dogs from shelters and find permanent homes for rescued pets. Proceeds from the event will towards funding food, shelter, and veterinary bills for rescued pets.


General admission ($45) includes unlimited beer samplings, with VIP ($60) attendees getting an extra hour of admission and some specialty beers poured during the first hour. Designated driver tickets will be sold for $20 cash at the door. DDs must be 21 and over as well to attend. There will also be a “Food Truck Alley” that will showcase some of SF’s favorite food trucks but food will be sold separately.


Love the idea of having a happy hour at your work? Let Handheld Catering bring you the brew to you. Have a monthly brew fest for you team to mingle, eat and drink. Call us at  408 692 4782


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