Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support

The board and volunteers of Festa Italiana Seattle work hard all year round to help make the annual festival an event to remember, but we owe much of our success to the generous and continuous support provided by our corporate, organizational and individual sponsors.

Festál 2021: Now in its 25th year, Festál is a coalition of twenty-four ethnic and cultural festivals held throughout the year at Seattle Center. See the annual calendar and learn more about Festál’s impact on the community.

Seattle Center: “Seattle’s Living Room” and the Northwest region’s premier destination for arts, entertainment, sports and leisure activities. In 2022, Seattle Center will celebrate its 60th Anniversary and that of the 1962 World’s Fair.

City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods: is the single largest funder of the infrastructure brought in by Festa Italiana to produce the Italian Festival at Seattle Center. Our appreciation to them and their partners Seattle Center and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is unbounded.

4Culture: King County cultural service organization that funds the arts. Entertainment at the Italian Festival is supported in part by a grant from 4Culture, as was the filming of our Virtual Italian Festival 2020.

Isernio’s Sausage: The not-so-secret ingredient in the famous Italian Sausage Sandwiches sold at the Italian Festival for 27 years, and a co-presenter of the “Great Italian Chefs” Cooking Stage. Isernio’s has expanded dramatically the last few years and is now available nationwide. Take a look at their entire product line and view their cooking demos!

Wine & Beer: This year with pride and gratitude, we welcome three new beverage sponsors “Corsa” Italian-Style Lager from Chainlink Brewery right here in Kirkland, Washington, Argiolas Costamolino” Vermentino white wine from Sardegna, and finally, wait for it… the fabulous Damilano – Barbera d’Asti red wine from Piemonte. For a Wine Garden at an Italian festival, these are superior products we can’t wait to taste and share. Once our patrons try this beer and these wines, they are going to go pazzi!

Merlino Foods: Three years ago, we were proud to announce the signing of longtime icon in Seattle’s Italian culinary history, Merlino Foods. They’re back this year to present our virtual Cooking Stage.

Galbani Cheese: As they did in 2018 and 2019, “Italy’s #1 Cheese” returns as the sponsor of La Cucina Galbani Cooking Stage where we present the best of Italian cooking in the Northwest. Due to health concerns, we are not able to offer free samples this year but in 2022 when Galbani’s Chef Marco returns to the Italian Festival, look forward to many, free tasty treats. Meanwhile, visit Galbani’s website for recipes and special offers.

Big John’s PFI: Festa welcomes back old friends Big John Croce and Pacific Food Importers, both as a sponsor and the official supplier of pasta, olive oil and spaghetti sauce to the Italian Festival. You can find their products at their retail outlet at: 1001 Sixth Ave S., or at your favorite grocery store.

Italy4real.com: Longtime sponsor of the Italian Festival and underwriter of our popular raffle, Italy4real has been helping travelers since 1995. They are the foremost experts on guided tours, independent tours, villa rentals and agriturismo in Italy. While you won’t be able to stop by their booth this year, be sure to visit them online.

Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria: Makers of authentic Neapolitan pizza and regular sponsor of the ever popular Tutta Bella Grape Stomp. If you happen to live in the Seattle Puget Sound area, find their Grab-n-Go options at your local QFC supermarket, or visit their website for more information.

Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts: The Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts are two agencies who have contributed substantially to the creation of the Virtual Italian Festival 2020. Festa Italiana is indebted to them for their support.

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture: Year after year, one of the most consistent supporters of Live entertainment at the Italian Festival, enabling us to feature as many as 20 different acts and solo performers in one weekend. Please visit their website.

Oh Boy! Oberto: Oberto is the sponsor of one of Festa’s most popular events, the Oberto Bocce Tournament. Oberto’s philosophy for decades has been “simple is better: fewer ingredients allow the flavor of the meat to shine through.” This year we are featuring Oberto Charcuterie, a line of cold cuts imported directly from Italy.

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Costantino Lazzaretti Endowment: This family-sponsored fund has been created to perpetuate the memory of Costantino “Tino” Lazzaretti, a board member and avid supporter of Festa Italiana. The Kid’s Courtyard, usually at the Armory, has been renamed “Tino’s Cortile” in his honor.

DiJulio Pasta: A hearty “Benvenuto”  to Festa’s newest sponsor, DiJulio Pasta who will be supplying and preparing all the pasta dishes in the Festa Pasta Booth this year. Brian DiJulio and his family trace their roots all the way back to the 1800’s and the family’s pasta wagon in the streets of Sulmona, Italy! As my grandmother used to say “Mangiate voi gli spaghetti!”

Bicerin: A wonderful chocolate liqueur from Northern Italy, great in coffee or straight. Bicerin is also the supplier of Limoncello di Torino, both usually available in our Wine Garden. For this year’s virtual Festa, try contacting some of our food importers sponsors and vendors.

The Mediterranean Inn: Loaded with European charm and only two blocks away from the Seattle Center, the Mediterranean Inn is the official Hotel Sponsor of Festa Italiana and the “home away from home” of our entertainers and Celebrity Chefs.

Torani Syrups: Makers of Italian flavored syrups and more… joined us with San Pellegrino Sparkling Water as partners in our Italian Soda booth many years ago. Download recipes and learn more about this fascinating Italian-American enterprise by checking out their website.

West Coast Italian Radio Show: Partners of Festa Italiana in promoting the joy of “All Things Italian” in the Pacific NW. Listen to them live every Monday at 3 PM on 1150-AM KKNW. Sponsored in part by the La Stella Foundation.

San Pellegrino: Proudly returns to Festa each year as our official sponsor of Italian sparkling mineral water. You can usually buy San Pellegrino at the Italian Festival either in the cute little 8 oz. green bottles or in our delicious Italian Sodas. They also have a wonderful non-sparkling Italian mineral water, Acqua Panna. Visit their website to learn more about these products and where to find them in your neighborhood.

T-Mobile: Official Sponsor of Seattle Center. Introducing JUMP! Only from T-Mobile.

Coca-Cola: Official Sponsor of Seattle Center. Drink Coke! Coke’s website.

ArtsFund: Celebrating 50 years of strengthening the community by supporting the arts. Visit ArtsFund.org.