Welcome to Seattle's 28th
Annual Festa Italiana!
Festa Italiana is an all-volunteer community
organization which produces an annual 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
Come join us in the beautiful
Fisher Pavilion and the surrounding grounds and
buildings at Seattle Center
as once again we present the 28th Annual Italian
Festival, September 26 & 27, 2015.
Times are 10AM - 7PM, Saturday and Sunday.
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, 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
Mass in Italian 6:30 PM at Our Lady of Mt. Virgin
2800 S. Massachusetts St. in Seattle,
98144 Free Reception to follow.
11:00 AM at the prestigious Seattle Yacht Club. Featuring a nationally-known keynote speaker and the presentation of the Gill Centioli Memorial Award to an outstanding local proponent of Italian culture. Delicious food, No-host bar. Tickets are $50 per person (plus a processing fee of $3.74 per ticket).
September 26 & 27
The 28th Annual Italian Festival
at Seattle Center Everyone is invited - Admission is FREE!
It seems fitting that for Festa's 28th Annual Italian Festival, the Celebrity Chef should again be the 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" for Public Television when we approached him to be the headliner of our new culinary 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. Over the last twenty years, local chefs from Seattle's best Italian restaurants have all appeared at one time or another along with such national luminaries as Mario Batali, Giuliano Bugali, Anne Burrell, Biba Caggiano, Michael Chiarello, Rocco DiSpirito, Mary Ann Esposito, Maria Liberati, Michol Negrin, Christina Pirello and Rosella Rago. And no matter who's on the stage, every demo is followed by passing out lots of free samples!
Nick is still filming at Seattle's Channel Nine and his latest series "Cooking with Nick Stellino" is again one of Public Television's most popular cooking series. His appearances at Festa will be at 4:00 PM Saturday and 2:00 PM Sunday, and we encourage you to prepare by visiting his great website.
SIGN UP FOR THE TUTTA BELLA 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
Grape Stomp information.
Mbrascatu is Back!
Mbrascatu, the nationally-known indie band from Portland, OR will be playing one show only at Festa this year, Sunday at 4 PM. With all their songs sung in Calabrese dialect, this is "Tarantella Rock" at its finest!
in a beautiful new locationin 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
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.
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