Thanks for a great 31st Annual! See you September 27 – 29, 2019
2019 Italian Festival!
Welcome to Seattle’s 32nd 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 FREE 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.
Where and When
Come join us in the beautiful Fisher Pavilion and the surrounding grounds and buildings of the Seattle Center, as we present the 32nd Annual Italian Festival:
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
September 28 & 29, 2019
10AM – 9PM, Saturday
10AM – 6PM, Sunday
Our highlights include the return of Galbani’s celebrity Chef Marco Sciortino from Marco’s in Buffalo, New York, headlining a great schedule of cooking demos on La Cucina Galbani® Cooking Stage, “Opera Magic – Stories in Song” starring Spotlight Repertory NW, 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.
Over the years we have had demos from chef’s representing such local restaurants as: Café Juanita, Tulio, il Fornaio, Il Terrazzo Carmine, Café Bengodi, Serefina, Assaggio, etc. Some of their recipes can be found in our online Recipe Collection. At the same time, we have featured such national 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.
Taste of Italy™ Wine Tasting and Opening Reception
On Friday, September 27th at 7:00 PM we’ll present the Taste of Italy™ Wine Tasting and Opening Reception in the Armory at Seattle Center. Featuring music by Danny Quintero, over 60 Italian wines to taste, and delicious Hors d’oeuvres and antipasti from Big John’s PFI. Tickets are $30 per person and you must be 21 or older to enter. ($2.49 service charge applies.)
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!
An Intro to Opera for Youngsters
Local opera troupe, Spotlight Repertory NW present their newly developed introduction to opera, “Opera Magic – Stories in Song.”
There will be two 40-minute performances each day at 1:00pm and 3:00pm, at Tino’s Cortile, now in the Seattle Center Armory.
Galbani’s celebrity Chef Marco Sciortino from Marco’s in Buffalo, New York.
KING5, New Day NW
Festa Italiana is a community driven event, so if you’re interested in getting involved we have several ways in which you could help: