Welcome to Seattle's 26th Annual -
Festa Italiana actually is a week-long
series of events held the last week of September and 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)
Come join us in the beautiful Fisher Pavilion
and the surrounding grounds and buildings at Seattle
Center as once again we present the Taste of Italy™,
Friday, September 27, and the 26th Annual Italian Festival,
September 28 & 29, 2013. Times
are 10AM - 9PM, Saturday and 10AM - 6PM, Sunday.
Our highlights include Celebrity Chef
headlining a great schedule of cooking demos, two performances
daily of Sicilian puppetry
by the Carter
Family Marionettes and a Grape Stomping competition which
as 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!
|Saturday, September 14
Traditional Mass in
at Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Church
2800 S. Massachusetts St. in Seattle, 98144
Free Reception to follow
Tuesday, September 24
The Italian Club presents
The Festa Italiana
11:00 AM in the prestigious
Seattle Yacht Club.
Keynote speaker and the Presentation
of the Gill Centioli Memorial Award
to an outstanding local Italian-American.
|Friday, September 27
"Taste of Italy™"
& Opening Reception
7 PM Center House Armory at Seattle Center.
Great wine, antipasto & live music
September 28 & 29
The 26th Annual Italian Festival
at the Seattle Center
Everyone is invited - Admission is FREE!
|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. See the complete schedule.
will be the
Celebrity Chef for 2013?
year it seemed only fitting that for our 25th Annual,
Chef should be the Public Television cooking
icon who started it all for us, Nick Stellino. The
year was 1994 and Nick was frequently in Seattle filming
his first TV cooking show "Cucina Amore,"
when we approached him to be the headliner of our brand
new showcase the "Great Italian Chefs" Cooking
Stage. Since that time, Nick has been back many times
but the excitement he originally generated cooking great
Italian food out in the "piazza," reverberates
to this day. Not only have local chefs from Seattle's
best Italian restaurants all appeared through the years,
but such national luminaries as Mario Batali, Giuliano
Bugali, Anne Burrell, Biba Caggiano, Michael Chiarello,
Rocco DiSpirito, Mary Ann Esposito, Michol Negrin, and
Christina Pirello have also been with us."
is still filming at Seattle's Channel Nine and his latest
series "Nick Stellino Cooking with Friends"
is one of Public Television's most popular cooking series.
His demo in 2012 was sponsored by Electrolux.
Please visit his website at nickstellino.com.
Nick's appearance both days was
preceded by 2011 Celebrity Chef Rosella Rago, host of
the online culinary show "Cooking
with Nonna." Since 2009, this Web-TV star has
been interviewing the "greatest chefs in the world"
- our Italian grandmothers - and sharing their recipes
and cooking techniques with homemakers and food preparers
everywhere. Rossella was sponsored by the inventor of
the fully automatic espresso coffee machines Saeco
and her bio
is fascinating. Rossella appears at 2 PM each day..
all the recipes for last year's
"Great Italian Chefs" for 2012.
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
on four courts in the Seattle Center Pavilion,
this Italian version of lawn bowling is always one of
our most popular events. Tournament rules and Bocce
|Attractions and exhibits
include children's activities in the Kid's Courtyard,
Italian and Italian-American arts and craft, a pizza
toss, an Italian Classic Vehicle
show, the FOTOITALIANA Gallery
Show of contemporary Italy and a chance to relive
memories of Seattle's original Italian families in the
Historical Photo Display.
pasta, prosciutto, salami, focaccia, gelato, espresso
Want a Complete List
of Vendors & Exhibitors?