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2015 Italian Festival!

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 Bruce Turner)Grape Stompers

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.

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, 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 2015

Saturday, September 12
Traditional Mass in Italian
6:30 PM at Our Lady of Mt. Virgin Church
2800 S. Massachusetts St. in Seattle, 98144
Free Reception to follow.

Friday, September 18th
The Italian Club of Seattle presents
The 27th Annual Festa Luncheon

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).

Eventbrite - Annual Festa Italiana Luncheon

Saturday-Sunday, September 26 & 27
The 28th Annual Italian Festival
at Seattle Center
Everyone is invited - Admission is FREE!

Saturday, September 26
"Taste of Italy™" Wine Tasting and Reception
7:00 PM in the Armory at Seattle Center.
Great wine, antipasto & live music by
Tony LaStella & his band. (photo credit: Paula Alexander)
tony lastella

NICK STELLINO RETURNS F0R 2015!

Nick StellinoIt 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.


DO THE STOMP!

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 Show! More Grape Stomp information.


Mbrascatu is Back!

mbrascatuMbrascatu, 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!

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.

Puppy Parades

puppies

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.

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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