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 5:00 PM at Our Lady of Mt. Virgin
2800 S. Massachusetts St. in Seattle,
98144 Free Reception to follow.
A NEW EVENT!!!
Friday, September 25
The Italian American Heritage
Association presents The Festa Italiana Gala
6:00 PM in the prestigious
Spanish Ballroom at The Fairmont Olympic
Hotel Presentation of the Gill Centioli
Memorial Award to an outstanding local
Italian-American and a featuring a
national keynote speaker.
September 26 & 27
The 28th Annual Italian Festival
at Seattle Center Everyone is invited - Admission is FREE!
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.
2015 CELEBRITY CHEF
“Great Italian Chefs”
Cooking Stage: Learn
culinary secrets from the masters at these
popular cooking demos outdoors in the
piazza, starring a Celebrity Chef as well
as local chefs from Seattle’s best
Italian restaurants.Who will be the
Celebrity Chef for 2015? Watch this space
for an announcement over the next few
weeks. In the past we have welcomed 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!
year, Frank Isernio, founder and CEO of
Isernio's Sausage Company shared family
recipes and cooking tips on the "Great
Italian Chefs" Cooking Stage on
Saturday. This year, look for him at 2
PM each day.
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