Central New York is home to many festivals – and one of them is marking a milestone this month.
Festa Italiana returns to downtown Syracuse from Sept. 15-17.
“I would like to thank your readers who have supported us during our 25 years,” said President Ginnie Lostumbo. “We couldn’t do it without them.”
Held in front of Syracuse City Hall, at the corner of Washington and Montgomery Streets, Festa Italiana is exactly what it sounds like – a celebration of Italian culture. And there is a variety of things to do there: live music, demonstrations, Italian lessons, a bocce tournament, and, new this year, a talent showcase for children ages 4-12.
But Lostumbo said one of the things that makes the festival so unique is the food – “They all have to serve something Italian.” This year’s vendors include Avicolli’s Italian Restaurant, Big Mama’s Cheesecake Company, Pascarella’s Bakery & Catering, The Saucy Sandwich, and Villa Pizze Fritte.
“Everybody meets each other downtown,” said Lostumbo. “It’s like a reunion.”
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL INCLUDE:
FRIDAY, SEPT. 15
Italian Bingo. 6 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 16
Bocce tournament. 9 a.m. Syracuse Opera on the Main Stage. 1:30 p.m.
Tracing your Italian Roots with Laura Hand and Tom Riccardiello 3 p.m.
Cooking Italian with Joe Borio. 4:30 p.m.
Learning Basic Italian. 5:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 17
Festa Italiana Talent Showcase. 1 p.m.
Michelle Belso Cooks Italian. 2 p.m.
Presenting Italian Meats and Cheeses. 3 p.m.
Learning Basic Italian. 4 p.m.
For more information, and a full schedule, visit festa italianasyracuse.org.