Come join us at our 30th annual, September 22-24, 2017.
Welcome to Seattle's 30th
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.
Come join us in the
beautiful Fisher Pavilion and the surrounding
grounds and buildings at Seattle Center
as we present the 30th Annual Italian
Festival, September 23 & 24, 2017.
Times are 10AM - 7PM, Saturday and Sunday.
Our highlights include two concerts starring New York tenor Aaron Caruso in only his third appearance in Seattle, Celebrity Chef Rossella Rago a great schedule of cooking demos, puppetry by the Olde World Puppet Theater 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 whole family!
Friday, September 15
The Italian Club of Seattle presents The 30th
Annual Festa Luncheon
11:00 AM at the prestigious Seattle Yacht Club. Featuring a keynote address by nationally recognized guest speaker, there will also be the presentation of the Gill Centioli Memorial Award to an outstanding local proponent of Italian culture, and the presentation of the Patricia DeLaurenti Memorial award to one of our volunteers. Free parking. Delicious food. No-host bar. Tickets $55 per person (plus a processing fee of $4.02 per ticket).
Saturday, September 16 Traditional
Mass in Italian 6:30 PM at Our Lady of Mt.
2800 S. Massachusetts St. in Seattle,
98144 Free Reception to follow.
Friday, September 22 Back by Popular Demand The "Taste of Italy"TM
7 PM in the Armory at Seattle Center. Featuring live music, over 60 Italian wines to taste, and delicious Hors d'oeuvres and antipasti. Tickets are $25 per person and you must be 21 or older to enter. (Service charges apply).
Saturday-Sunday, September 23
The 30th Annual Italian Festival
at Seattle Center Everyone is invited - Admission is
Chef Rossella Rago Returns to Festa for our 30th Annual!
At 3:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday, September 23 & 24, 2017, Festa Italiana is proud to present Rossella Rago as our Celebrity Chef for the 30th Annual Italian Festival at Seattle Center. She will headline a dazzling line-up of local chefs from Seattle's best Italian restaurants on the "Great Italian Chefs" Cooking Stage that runs from Noon to 5 PM daily. Previous Celebrity Chefs have included Mario Batali, Anne Burrell, Rocco DiSpirito, Michael Chiarello, Mary Ann Esposito, Biba Caggiano, Christina Pirello, Maria Liberati, Rossella Rago, and in 2015, Nick Stellino, host of Cooking with Nick Stellino on Public Television.
Rossella Rago is the host of the popular web cooking show Cooking with Nonna. In each episode, Rossella invites an Italian American nonna (grandma) to cook with her, sharing traditional Italian recipes and fond memories of growing up in Italian in America. Rossella has traveled the country and has performed cooking demonstrations in many cities across the United States, with local grandmothers as her partners. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Rossella spent her childhood in the kitchen with her maternal grandmother, Nonna Romana. In fact in July, 2010, with Nonna Romana and Mamma Angela on her team, Rossella won the Food Network: 24 Hour Restaurant Battle - Battle Italiano and won many new fans across the nation.
Returning to the Italian Festival for the first time in ten years, Aaron Caruso has just finished an 8-city tour of Italy where among other venues, he sang in Rome with a 60-piece carabinieri orchestra!
This young tenor with a big voice is no stranger to big stages, having appeared on Broadway as the star of a musical about Mario Lanza. In New York City recently, he sold out his solo concert at Carnegie Hall and sang on the red carpet for NBC's Columbus Day Parade. More...
Aaron is scheduled to perform at Festa at 4 PM on both Saturday and Sunday and, rumor has it, will also be involved in the big Festa "All-Star" Jam Session at 7 PM on Saturday night.
DO THE STOMP!
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 Show!More Grape Stomp
back in the Seattle Center Pavilion,
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
Olde World Puppet Theater presents "Pinocchio" in Tino's Cortile
A retelling of the classic Italian children's story about a puppet that comes to life, performed by by a the renowned Olde World Puppet Theater outdoors in the children's courtyard of the Italian Festival at Seattle Center, along with the famous Pizza Toss, an Italian Dog Show, hands-on activities and an inflatable soccer court for soccer clinics for children of all ages - all free!
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 complete schedule.