Get into the spirit of Italy at Festa Italiana! on Sunday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds.
This annual event is designed to bring the community together through the finest food, activities and entertainment of the Italian culture. Food is the common denominator at Festa Italiana. From sausage sandwiches and gnocchi to pizza and lasagna, you will have dozens of Italian food options to choose from. Taste and stroll through the Wine and Local Product Sampling area and enjoy Italian beverages at the Festa bar, while talented plein air painters, street artists and infiorata artists will create masterpieces for all to enjoy.
The Morada Produce Main Stage will host world-renowned Italian musician, Pasquale Esposito, presented by John and Maxine Ferraiolo, as well as the Anthony “Nino” Lane Band, Balliamo! Italian Folk Dancers and local favorite, the Steve Trucco Band. The Benvenuti Stage, sponsored by Lagorio Family of Companies, will also provide continuous performances throughout the day, including the accordion trio – Nicolini Brothers, In the Mood Italian Band and Caden Webb singing Italian Arias.
The Good Time Accordion Club will be special guests this year.
Be a judge at the Boss of the Sauce contest in Jackson Hall, sponsored by Collins Electrical Company and Gini Family and Pietro’s Trattoria. Attendees will taste and judge sauces from local chefs for just $5. Just outside in the celebrity chef kitchen, guests can watch the impressive pizza pie hand tossing demonstrations and watch local chefs create their savory masterpieces.
Car lovers will enjoy the Italian automobili show, displaying beautiful Italian vehicles. Italians or those who own Italian cars can enter their vehicles for a $35 entry fee (please register in advance). Other activities include the oh-so-popular Italian history display, a Mercato shopping area, bocce ball and the popular salame toss.
There is something for everyone at Festa Italiana!, including the little ones. The Adventist Health Lodi Memorial bambini zone will be stocked full of fun, including games, activities and face-painting. The bambini stage will keep them entertained all day long, with performances from Sparkles and Ravioli the Clowns, puppeteers and dancers.
Festa Italiana! will boast an incredible Italian atmosphere where you’ll be immersed in the culture as you stroll, dance, taste and play. Tickets are $10, and children 12 and under are free. Free parking is available on site. Due to construction on Lockeford Street, the parking entrance is accessed off Cherokee Lane.
For more information, visit www.festa-italiana.com.