2014 Italian Festival
Welcome to Seattle's 27th
Annual Festa Italiana!
Festa Italiana is actually an organization which
produces an annual week-long 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)
Come join us in the beautiful
Fisher Pavilion and the surrounding grounds and
buildings at Seattle Center
as once again we present the 27th Annual Italian
Festival, September 27 & 28, 2014.
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, one show each day by Mbrascatu,
a world-music group from Portland, OR, 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
at Our Lady of Mt. Virgin
2800 S. Massachusetts St. in Seattle,
Free Reception to follow
Tuesday, September 23
The Italian Club presents
Festa Italiana Luncheon
11:00 AM in the prestigious
Seattle Yacht Club.
Presentation of the Gill Centioli
Memorial Award to an outstanding local
Italian-American and a keynote speaker.
September 27 & 28
The 27th Annual Italian Festival
at Seattle Center
Everyone is invited - Admission is FREE!
Wine Tasting and
7 PM in the Armory at Seattle Center.
Great wine, antipasto & live music
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
Mbrascatu Returns to
the five-piece world-music group from
Portland, OR who headlined at the
Italian Festival last year, will be
returning this year with performances on
both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Led by Andrea Algieri
who writes most of the material and sings
in Italian and Calabrese dialect, the
group has become the darling of the
Portland indy club scene and a big
favorite is Seattle as well. Bio.
Who will be the
Celebrity Chef for 2014?
search is on! Every year our committee
seeks out an exciting master of Italian
cuisine to headline the great lineup of
chefs on the "Great Italian Chefs"
In the past we have
hosted such luminaries as Mario Batali,
Giuliano Bugali, Anne Burrell, Biba
Caggiano, Michael Chiarello, Rocco
DiSpirito, Mary Ann Esposito, Michol
Negrin, Christina Pirello, Rosella Rago
and Nick Stellino. Watch this space for a
of Chefs for 2014.
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
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
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.
Arti della Festa Italiana International Art
Show, an Italian Car
Show and the Historical
Photo Exhibit about Seattle's earliest Italians.
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