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2014 Italian Festival!

Welcome to Seattle's 27th Annual Festa Italiana! Festa Italiana is actually an organization which produces an annual week-long series of events the last week of September, culminating in a major Italian Festival at Seattle Center. Since 1988, Festa Italiana has been celebrating the cultural roots of Italians and Italian-Americans in the Pacific Northwest by promoting the arts, the food and the culture that are uniquely Italian. (Photo by Bruce Turner)Grape Stomp Girls

Come join us in the beautiful Fisher Pavilion and the surrounding grounds and buildings at Seattle Center as once again we present the 27th Annual Italian Festival, September 27 & 28, 2014.
Times are 10AM - 7PM, Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday night at 7PM we will also present the Taste of Italy wine Tasting and Reception in the Seattle Center Armory.

Our highlights include a Celebrity Chef headlining a great schedule of cooking demos, one show each day by Mbrascatu, a world-music group from Portland, OR, Sicilian puppetry by the Carter Family Marionettes and a Grape Stomping competition which has to be seen to be believed! By popular demand, the Food Court & Vendor Market has been expanded as well.

As always, we will again offer a wide array of cultural and educational opportunities in which to participate and learn. Year after year, however, our main attractions continue to be food, entertainment and fun for the whole family!

Calendar 2014

Saturday, September 13
Traditional Mass in Italian
5:00 PM at Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Church
2800 S. Massachusetts St. in Seattle, 98144
Free Reception to follow.

Tuesday, September 23
The Italian Club presents
The Festa Italiana Luncheon
11:00 AM in the prestigious
Seattle Yacht Club.
Presentation of the Gill Centioli Memorial Award to an outstanding local Italian-American and a presentation by keynote speaker John Maggio, award-winning writer and producer, about his new TV series "The Italian Americans" airing on PBS in February..

Saturday-Sunday, September 27 & 28
The 27th Annual Italian Festival
at Seattle Center
Everyone is invited - Admission is FREE!
Saturday, September 27
"Taste of Italy™" Wine Tasting and Reception
7:00 PM in the Armory at Seattle Center.
Great wine, antipasto & live music by
Tony LaStella & the Goombas. (photo credit: Paula Alexander)
tony lastella
Sicilian Sight Hounds, known in Italian as Cirneci dell'Etna, will be exhibited along with Italian Greyhounds and other Italian breeds as part of the expanded children's activities at the Italian Festival with "Puppy Parades" each day at 12:15 and 2:15 PM. See the complete schedule.

Mbrascatu Returns to Festa!

mbrascatu

Mbrascatu, the five-piece world-music group from Portland, OR who headlined at the Italian Festival last year, will be returning this year with performances on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Led by Andrea Algieri who writes most of the material and sings in Italian and Calabrese dialect, the group has become the darling of the Portland indy club scene and a big favorite is Seattle as well. Bio.


Frank Isernio to do Cooking Demo

Frank Isernio, founder and CEO of Isernio's Sausage Company will share family recipes and cooking tips on the "Great Italian Chefs" Cooking Stage, Saturday, September 27th at 3:00 PM.

No stranger to TV cameras, Frank also stars in an popular series of cooking videos on YouTube. Over the years, we have welcomed to the stage such culinary luminaries as Mario Batali, Giuliano Bugali, Anne Burrell, Biba Caggiano, Michael Chiarello, Rocco DiSpirito, Mary Ann Esposito, Maria Liberati, Michol Negrin, Christina Pirello, Rosella Rago and Nick Stellino. As always, we will pass out free samples!

Complete Schedule of Chefs for 2014 and available recipes.


Grape Stomp

Jump in with both feet and make wine as they used to in the old country. Put together a three-person team and compete for T-shirts and great prizes. What a Show! More Grape Stomp information.


Bocce Tournament

Now in a beautiful new location in the Seattle Center Armory, this Italian version of lawn bowling is always one of our most popular events. Featuring a Masters division for professionals and a Recreational division for occasional players, it's fascinating to watch. Tournament rules and Bocce information.


Tino's Cortile

The Kids Courtyard has moved indoors! Acclaimed ASL Storyteller Gerardo DiPietro, the famous Pizza Toss, a Sicilian puppet show, the Italian Dog Show, a Bouncy Castle and hands-on activities - all free! Now located inside the Seattle Center pavilion.

More Attractions

Le Arti della Festa Italiana International Art Show, an Italian Car Show and the Historical Photo Exhibit about Seattle's earliest Italians.


Food

Pizza, Pasta, Italian Sausage, Salami, Meatballs, Foccacia, Gelato, Birra, Vino, Espresso and more. Plus: Great family entertainment, crafts, food-sampling booths and three Wine & Beer Gardens!

Win a  One-Week Stay in Italy

raffle

Win a one-week stay in Italy for two in a villa in Tuscany from Italy4Real.com. Raffle Tickets $5 a piece. Only 1,000 chances will be sold. Drawing at 6:00pm Sunday in the Fisher Pavilion.

 

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