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79th Annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival 2014

Attend the 79th Annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival 2014. It is the the oldest state
chartered harvest festival in Louisiana.

The Festival honors the working men and women of both the seafood and petroleum
industries; which are the economic lifeblood industries of this area.

Blessing of the Fleet event logo

Blessing of the Fleet event logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shrimp fishermen, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

Shrimp fishermen, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a Blessing of the Fleet and water parade with
shrimp boats, pleasure craft and the biggest “muscle boats” of the
oilpatch.  There is also a toast between the King’s Vessel and the
Queen’s Vessel with a “bow-to-bow kiss” for the traditional champagne

Shrimp Boat

Shrimp Boat (Photo credit: IllinoisHorseSoldier)


shrimp-heads-dau-tom (Photo credit: Phú Thịnh Co)

The Cajun Culinary Classic features home-style Cajun cooking with jambalaya, fried alligator and plenty of shrimp. The festival will feature music of different genres and a regional crafts show and  “Children’s Village.”

WHEN: August 30th-September 3rd

WHERE: The Morgan City Louisiana Downtown Historic District

For more information visit www.shrimp-petrofest.org

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Viva Palermo e Santa Rosalia: Festino in Vino con Vista Sicily

English: St Rosalia Chapel

English: St Rosalia Chapel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Santa Rosalia in Monte Pellegrino San...

English: Santa Rosalia in Monte Pellegrino Sanctuary, Palermo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italy-2131 - Chapel of Saint Rosalia

Italy-2131 – Chapel of Saint Rosalia (Photo credit: archer10 (Dennis))

Chapel of Saint Rosalia, Cathedral of Palermo,...

Chapel of Saint Rosalia, Cathedral of Palermo, Sicily (Photo credit: travfotos)

Detail from the flank of the Cathedral of Pale...

Detail from the flank of the Cathedral of Palermo (Sicily), showing the statue of Saint Rosalie in the forefront and the church tower behind. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, September 28 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A statue of St. Rosalia being carried through ...

A statue of St. Rosalia being carried through the streets of Bivona, Sicily. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italiano: Bancarella di "calia e simenza&...

Italiano: Bancarella di “calia e simenza” a Palermo (festino di Santa Rosalia) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Watch this video to see how important Santa Rosalia is to the residents of Palermo Sicily:

English: Santa Rosalia (particolare) in Monte ...

English: Santa Rosalia (particolare) in Monte Pellegrino Sanctuary (Palermo) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


If you travel to Palermo Sicily, you will see the Patron Saint of the Palermitani guarding the Cathedral of Palermo.

La statua di Santa Rosalia, la "Santuzza",  e la Cattedrale di Palermo.

Santa Rosalia and the Cathedral of Palermo

Monte Pellegrino

Monte Pellegrino (Photo credit: ingirogiro)

If you travel to Monte Pellegrino, perched at the top of the mountain you can visit the cave-shrine of the holy hermit where the sanctuary of Saint Rosalia is located.  Monte Pellegrino offers spectacular views over Palermo and the Conca d’Oro. The cave is covered with zinc which helps collect the dripping water from the cave walls. This water is considered to have miraculous healing properties.

Detail from the flank of the Cathedral of Pale...

Detail from the flank of the Cathedral of Palermo (Sicily), showing the statue of Saint Rosalie in the forefront and the church tower behind. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, September 28 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saint Rosalia is celebrated in with a massive culinary street party in July in the streets of Palermo: Festino de Santa Rosalia to celebrate the end of the Plague in Palermo. Her emblem is a crown of roses and a skull. In 1630, Pope Urban VII established two holidays for Santa Rosalia: July 15th to commemorate the anniversary of the discovery of her relics and September 4th, the day of the death of  “Santuzza” and her official ecclesiastical feast day.

She died on September 4, 1160 and was canonized on 26 January 1630 and was adopted as the patron saint of Palermo. An annual procession of Palermo’s beloved patron saint starts at the  Palace of the Normans and travels along the ancient road of Cassaro to the sea.


The relics of the Santuzza are paraded through the town with the festival culminating in the cheering crowd chanting “Viva Palermo e Santa Rosalia!” Her triumphal chariot passes through Porta Felice and ends with fireworks at the Marina.

Italiano: Festino di Santa Rosalia a Palermo, ...

Italiano: Festino di Santa Rosalia a Palermo, carro delle rose (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Feast is a very popular event with many Vino con Vista opportunities. It consists of carretti Siciliani, performances, exhibitions, traditional culinary and Sicilian wine options and concerts http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDYMM6ZxY8s.

The Festival begins the first day of July and ends with the religious procession on July 15 to celebrate the miraculous victory over the Plague. This annual event has been celebrated since 1625.

When the city of Palermo was ravaged by the plague, Santa Rosalia appeared to a sick woman and later to a hunter. She revealed the location of her remains in the cave and told him to bring her bones down to Palermo. These relics were found on  July 15th in 1624. When Rosalia appeared in the dream, she described where her remains could be found,  in the cave on Monte Pellegrino. She indicated in the dream, that if her remains were brought to Palermo and carried through the quartined city in a procession, the plague would end. When the relics were found, they were paraded through Palermo on 15 July in a procession. The archbishop was followed by all the clergy, the senate and notable citizens of Palermo. In a few days the city was liberated from the plague.

Santa Rosalia

Santa Rosalia (Photo credit: Palazzo Isnello)

In 1625 the relics were placed inside a silver reliquary and guarded inside the Archbishop’s Palace and every year they are part of the procession that includes many confraternities. The “Confraternita di Santa Rosalia dei Sacchi” (Brotherhood of Santa Rosalia of bags) was founded in 1635 by barbers and cobblers (and varberi Scarpari). The brotherhood, which takes its name from clothing used during the procession, has the task of carrying the effigy of the Saint. During the year it is kept in the Church of Professed House of the Society of Jesus in Palermo.

Let’s all salute Santa Rosalia: “Viva Palermo e Santa Rosalia”


Here’s the link to the program: http://www.festinosantarosalia.it/

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Italy Travel Guides.To learn more about Sicily visit www.vino-con-vista.com

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Italian Festivals in America Compiled by the National Italian American Foundation

Logo of Sons of Italy, which is the largest It...

Logo of Sons of Italy, which is the largest Italian American fraternal organization in the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love Italian Festivals! Here’s a list of Italian and Italian American festivals held around the country compiled by the National Italian American Foundation.

Italian-American Statue

Italian-American Statue (Photo credit: benjamin_scott_florin)

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC and dedicated to preserving the heritage of an estimated 25 million Americans of Italian descent, the nation’s fifth largest ethnic group.  The NIAF funds scholarships, internships, conferences and other programs, and promotes closer cultural and economic ties with Italy.

For information, visit the home page at www.niaf.org.

Here’s their list:

ST               CITY               FESTA               & DATE CONTACT              
AL Birmingham Feast of Saint Mark and Italian Food Festival April 28, 2012 View website robertsbrissa@aol.com
CA Belmont Shore So Cal Italian Festival Autumn View website jbgriffin85@gmail.com
CA Carlsbad Festa Italiana July View website Sons Of Italy
CA Fashion Island, Newport Beach Newport Beach Film Festival April-May View website Newport Beach Film Festival
CA Fashion Island, Newport Beach Italian Spotlight Event April View website Newport Beach Film Festival
CA Los Angeles The Fest of San Gennaro Festival September View website info@theproperimageevents.com
CA Memorial Park Nevada County Italian Festival September 17-18th, 2011 View website  kimaladesena@yahoo.com
CA Oakland, Lack Longon Square Temescal Street Festival and Festa Italiana August September Gloria Girolami,President510.581.9139
CA Redwood City Columbus Day Italian American Heritage Celebration October emilbag@aol.com
CA Riverside Festa Italiana October View website gdomen@pacbell.net
CA Sacramento Festa Italiana First Weekend of August View website italy@winfirst.com
CA San Diego Little Italy Festa October View website mail@LittleItalySD.com
CA San Diego CINEMA SUD – Italian Film Festival October View website 619 521 0977
CA San Diego, Little Italy The Sicilian Festival! May 18 View website sicilianfesta@cox.net
CA San Francisco North American Trentino Convention July View website Giuseppina Piasente AlvarezPresident707.996.8311
CA San Francisco Feste of the Madonna del Lume September Rose Ana Cresci,PresidentMadonna del Lume707.763.8192
CA San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade October 10, 2010 12:30 pm View website sfchambers2@sbcglobal.net
CA San Francisco La Dolce Vita January 19th, 2010 View website View website ladolcevita@lpsisf.com
CA San Francisco 2012 San Francisco Festa Coloniale Italiana August 11, 2012 View website communications@sfiac.org
CA San Jose Italian Family Festival August 25 and 26, 2012 View website italianfamilyfesta@yahoo.com
CA San Juan Capistrano Ferragosto Italian Summer Festival August 11, 2012 View website info@ferragostosjc.com
CA San Juan Capistrano Italian Celebration of the Swallows Return March 21 & 22, 2009 View website View website vcarabini@cox.net or rfestivals@aol.com
CA San Marcos: St. Mark’s Church – Monsignor Healy Ha Everybody loves Somebody Friday, January 23rd, 2009   St. Mark’sKnights of Columbus Council(760) 736-4529
CA San Mateo Festa Italiana July Emil Bagneschi650.343.7981
CA San Rafael The Italian Film Festival 6 Saturdays in October & November View website lido@italianfilm.com
CA Santa Barbara Festa Italiana October Italian American Boot Club805.565.2968
CA Santa Rosa Festa Italiana September View website nbicf@sonic.net
CA Visalia Putignano-Visalia Sister City Italian Festival October Ida Romanazzi559.732.0823
CO Denver Feast of St. Rocco August Potenza Lodge303.477.1722
CT Ansonia Italian Festa August tomaffeor@snet.net
CT Bridgeport St. Anthony Festival June 10 2010 June 13 2010 alfonsopicone@snet.net
CT New Haven St. Andrew Festa June View website pattijoespo@msn.com
CT New Haven Feast of St. Anthony di Padova June St. Anthony’s Church203.624.1418
CT North Haven Italian Festival of Angels August nhsdifa@sbcglobal.net
CT Norwich The Taste of Italy September Italian Heritage andCultural Society Committeeof Norwich860.889.0864
CT Oakville Festa della Madonna della Libera June 21-23, 2012 View website 3mzezima@snet.net
CT Stratford Italian Picnic August Daniel Cappozi203.375.5861
CT Waterbury San Donato Festa August Roberto Mancini860.274.2302
CT Waterbury Lady of Mount Carmel Festival July View website Carmine B. Raneri203.756.8981
CT Westport Festival Italiano July View website contacts@festivalitaliano.info
DC Washington Festa Italiana June View website Tommaso Ammazzaloroso202.638.2323
DE Wilmington St. Anthony’s Italian American Festival June View website St. Anthony of Padua Parish(302) 421-2790
DE Wilmington Vendemmia da Vinci Sunday, October 7, 2012 2PM – 6PM View website larryg@carmanautogroup.com
FL Coachman Park, Clearwater The LIADO San Gennaro Festa February 16-17, 2008 View website Barbara Abela,President ofLe Italo-Americane di Oggi727.443.5414
FL Delray Beach Columbus Day Italian Festa October Bill and Martha Fuoco561.278.9936
FL Fort Walton Beach Festa Italiana Columbus Day Weekend October View website Joe Salazar850.897.6486
FL Jupiter Feast of Little Italy November 2-4, 2012 View website jerry@feastoflittleitaly.com
FL Melbourne The Italian American Society of Palm Bay May 11-15th. 2011 View website YANNIVEETS@aol.com
FL Palm Coast Festa October View website John Bonomo,Club Manager904.445.1893
FL Port St. Lucie Taste of Little Italy January 25-27, 2013 View website jerry@feastoflittleitaly.com
FL St. Augustine San Sebastian Festival , the Knights of  Colombus at San Sebastian Catholic Church February 18, 2012 judicecharles@bellsouth.net
FL Tallahassee Italian Family Festa April 13-14, 2013 View website andiamomanagement@gmail.com
FL Tampa St. Joseph Festa March View website smesko@macdonaldcenter.org
FL Tampa, Centennial Park – Ybor City Festa Italiana April View website Stephanie Petrucelli813.342.3630
FL Venice Italian Feast and Carnival February View website italfeast@aol.com
FL Vero Beach Columbus Day Fest October Judy Giordano561.562.9170
FL Vero Beach Italian Food Festival March View website IACA Club772.778.1522
Fla 34952 Port St Lucie, Inaugural San Gennaro Festival of Port St. Lucie Sept. 17th – 18th  2011 event@sangennarofestivalpsl.com
Florida Delray Beach Italian American Cultural Festival March 25, 26, 27, 2011 View website josephlaviola@msn.com
Florida Port St Lucie Taste of Little Italy January 27, 28 & 29, 2012 View website jerry@TasteofLittleItaly.Net
Florida Port St. Lucie Third Annual Festival Italiano February 25, 2012 View website JDiGiorgio@cityofpsl.com
IA Des Moines Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa July 29, 2011 July 30, 2011 civitate9@msn.com
IA Des Moines Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa July 30 – 31 View website Darren Marasco515.979.9997
IL Addison The  Italian  American  Police  Association  of  Illinois    47th  Annual  Dinner  Dance October  23,  2010 6pm View website joeandheidi30@comcast.net
IL Addison Chicago’s West Suburban Italian Fest August 21-24, 2008 onesti@onestientertainment.com
IL Benld Italian American Days May Jerry Saracco217.835.2689
IL Berwyn Maria Santissima Laurentana di Altavilla Milicia September Jow Camarda773.736.3766
IL Blue Island Feast of St. Donatus August St. Donatus Church Rectory708.385.2890
IL Chicago Societa’ San Giovanni Bosco di Ciminna July Frank Cassata847.670.8439
IL Chicago Sorrento Cheese Festa Pasta Vino June Ron Onesti,Heart of Italy Association773.625.0506
IL Chicago Taylor Street Festa Italiana August 9-12, 2012 View website phiggins@vasta.com
IL Chicago Oakley Festa Pasta Vino June 12-15 2008 onesti@onestientertainment.com
IL Chicago 57th Annual Columbus Day Parade Monday October 12, 2009 View website jcc@jccia.com
IL Chicago (north side) The Annual Feast of St. Rocco Di Potenza Sunday, August 16, 2009 View website stroccochicago@gmail.com
IL Chicago Heights Feast of St. Lorenzo August Judge Luciano Panici,President of Amasan708.755.2982
IL Chicago, Northlake St. Joseph  March  Villa Scalabrini708.562.5530
IL Chicago, Northlake Villa Day September Villa Scalabrini708.562.5530
IL Farmington Italian Fest September Kent Kowal,Farmington Chamberof Commerce309.245.2441
IL Melrose Park Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival July Our Lady of MountCarmel Church708.344.4140
IL Peoria Italian-American Society 83rd Annual Festa August 12, 2012 View website RLBL@aol.com
IL Rockford Festa Italiana August Greater RockfordColumbus Day Committee815.395.7250
IL Springfield Ethnic Festival September Claudio Pecori,Membership Chairman217.788.2450
IL Stone Park Feast of St. Francesco di Paola August Joe Bruno630.350.7822
IL Stone Park Italian Day Picnic August Italian Cultural Center708.345.3842
IL Stone Park Feast of St. Beato Giovanni Liccio di Caccamo May Pat Porretta773.736.3684
IN Clinton Little Italy Festival September littleit@littleitalyfestival.org
IN Indianapolis Indianapolis Italian Street Festa June 10, 5 p.m.-11 p.m June 11, 5 p.m.-11 p.m View website attorleg@aol.com
Iowa Fairfield ALL THINGS ITALIAN FESTIVAL First Friday of June Dick DeAngelis641 919 4277
KY Louisville Festa Italiana September 12-14, 2008 View website L4Perri@aol.com
KY Newport Italianfest, Newport KY 7-10 June, 2007 View website City of Newport859.292.3666
LA Harvey St. Rosalie Parish Fair September Hilton Lirette504.368.3597
LA New Orleans Maria Santissima Della Favara Feast September schiro@orleanscdc.com
MA Boston The Fisherman’s Feast (Madonna del Soccorco di Sciacca) August View website Ralph Amorosoand Dom Strazzullo
MA Boston Madonna Della Cava Festival August Tony LoVuolo617.523.8842
MA Boston Madonna del Grazie July Edna617.635.3911
MA Boston Italia Unita July View website italiaunita@verizon.net
MA Boston – The North End Saint Anthony’s Feast & Feast of Saint Lucy August (weekend of the last Sunday in August) View website Jason A. Aluia617.723.8669
MA Boston, Little Italy, the North End St. Agrippinas Festival Boston August 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2011 acedogie@aol.com
MA Cambridge Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian September View website Sal DiDomenico, Sr.617.661.1164and 1.888.725.9090
MA East Boston Italia Unita Italian Festival July View website italiaunita@verizon.net
MA Lawrence Feast of the Three Saints Labor Day August & September View website Saint Alfio Society Inc.978.794.3258
MA Malden St. Rocco Feast Society August View website Steve Ultrino617.733.7552
MA North Adams JuneFest, Italian Street Fair June View website 413.663.3782
MA Worcester Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel July Fr. Michael Bafaro, Pastor508.797.4546
MD Baltimore Feast of St. Anthony  June View website italysflag@aol.com
MD Baltimore Feast of San Gabriel August View website italysflag@aol.com
MD Glen Echo Park Name Strega Nona 1 April 24 – June 7 2009 View website tickets@adventuretheatre.org
MD Mitchellville 46th Annual Villa Rosa Italian Festival Sunday Sept. 7, 2008 11am-6pm View Flyer
ME Portland Feast of Assumption & St. Rocco’s Street Bazaar August View website St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church 207.773.0748
MI Grand Rapids Festa Italiana August Al Forte616.222.4783
MI Lansing St. Ippolito Festival at Bunker Hill August 9, 2009 View website tomlamacchia@ippolitosociety.com
MI Sterling Heights Italian Festival al Freedom Hill Park July View website 586.323.0798
MN Chisolm Festa Italiana July View website Ironworld Discovery Center218.254.7959 or1.800.372.6437
MN Duluth Italian American Festival April to May View website jbowman1@d.umn.edu
MN St. Paul Festa Italiana Minnesota September 23 and 24th View website Jgsocha@aol.com
MO Saint Louis Columbus Day Parade and Festival October Marianne Peri Sack
MS Cleveland Italian Festival of Mississippi MARCH 12 MARCH 13 View website
NC Leland Cape Fear Italian Festival Sept. 25 & 26, 2010 Sept. 24 & 25, 2011 View website kevin@capefearitalianfestival.com
NC Ronda Raffaldini Vineyards Annual Festa Italiana September 17, 2011 11 am to 5 pm View website Thomas Salley(336) 835-9463
NC Wachovia Atrium, 203 S. Tryon St., Charlotte “Ciao, Italia” Italian Festival October 11, 2008 View website loucar6@windstream.net
NE Omaha La Festa Italiana Labor Day Weekend September Joe Citro402.341.9562
NJ Bayonne Italian Carnival August Joseph Barbone201.436.8160
NJ Elizabeth Festa Di San Vito June 14-17, 2012 View website Mazza_law@yahoo.com
NJ Fort Lee Saint Rocco’s Italian Festival August 5 – August 9 2009 View website Domenico Tripodi(551) 574-1473
NJ Garfield La Festa Italiana in honor of Our Lady of Mount Virgin September 10-13, 2009 View website aek67@optonline.net
NJ Gloucester County Gloucester County Italian Heritage Festival October View website Deptford Township856-467-0096
NJ Hammonton Feast of Mount Carmel July View website information@MtCarmelFeast.com
NJ Hoboken St. Ann’s Italian Festival July View website Sain Ann Roman Catholic Church 201.659.1114
NJ Hoboken, Sinatra Park Feast of the Madonna dei Martiri / Hoboken Italian Festival September View website Len De Pinto973.684.0362
NJ Jersey City La Festa Italiana  August View website Nicholas Grillo201.795.0120 x 101
NJ Lodi Festa di San Giuseppe Labor Day Weekend View website St. Joseph Church973.779.0643
NJ North Wildwood Elks Italian American Weekend June View website The Greater WildwoodsFraternalElks Lodge No. 1896609.729.2170
NJ North Wildwood Italian American Festival June Joe Quattrone609.729.4533
NJ Oakhurst Italian American Festival August info@iaato.com
NJ Ocean Italian Festival of Ocean, New Jersey August 10th – 14th, 2011 View website info@iaato.com
NJ Roselle Park Feast of St. Anthony June 7, 2012 June 10, 2012 View website Ann Marie Peterson
NJ Union Columbia Italian Club September 18, 19 & 20 2009 View website firevinman@yahoo.com
NJ West Windsor, Mercer County Mercer Country Italian American Festival September View website Buongiorno2000@optonline.net
NJ Wildwood Festa Italiana: Ieri e Oggi September 26-27, 2008 Joseph Martorano, OSIASylvester Grande Lodge #1838T215-919-1275
NM ALBUQUERQUE ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL FEB. 14 – 21, 2010 View website rsteiner@swcp.com
NV Las Vegas Celebration of Italy Festival of Italian Folk Music and Dance October 12-18 View website View website italianfolk@lycos.com
NV Las Vegas, Grand Canyon Shopping Ctr. San Gennaro Feast September 9-14, 2008 View website anthony@sangennarofeast.net
NV Las Vegas, Silverton Casino San Gennaro Feast May 5-9, 2010 View website rfestivals@aol.com
NV Reno Eldorado Great Italian Festival June View website Eldorado Casino1.800.648.5966 or775.786.5700
NY Albany Festa Italiana – Italian American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave. Ext. View website George Urciuoli518.456.0292 x17914.475.3219
NY Bronx Ferragosto 2010: Arthur Avenue, Little Italy in the Bronx September 12th 2010 View website info@ArthurAvenueBronx.com
NY Bronx St. Anthony Feast July Rev. Msgr. John A. Ruvo718.295.3770
NY Bronx Mount Carmel Feast July Rev. Msgr. John A. Ruvo718.295.3770
NY Brooklyn Feast of the Giglio July View website Rev. Joseph G. Fonti andMr. Phil Manna,Our Lady of MountCarmel Church718.384.0223
NY Buffalo Sorrento Cheese Italian Heritage Festival July View website Robert O’Brien716.823.0158
NY Canandaigua The Downtown Canandaigua Italian Festival July View website janet@bardeenenterprises.com
NY Glen Clove Tomato Festival August Ida Corvino Miletich516.676.1625 x 101
NY Glen Clove Feast of St. Rocco July to August (516) 676-2482
NY Hempstead Hofstra University’s 20th Annual Italian Experience Festival September 23, 2012 festivals@hofstra.edu
NY Hempstead, Hofstra University Italian Festival September View website Mary.B.Jacovides@Hofstra.edu
NY Hulberton St. Rocco Italian Festival September View website smysmk@yahoo.com
NY Manhattan San Gennaro Festival September View website Mort BerkowitzFigli di San Gennaro, Inc.212.768.9320 or212.941.5244
NY Manhattan Giglio di Sant’ Antonio Feast August (View website) View website bob631@aol.com
NY Mechanicville Feast of the Assumption August nurselanci@hotmail.com
NY New Hyde Park, Long Island Italian Festival ~ Cellini Lodge, Sons of Italy 22-26 Aug. 2007 Angspero@aol.com
NY New York St. Gandolfo Feast June John Cappello718.236.7792
NY New York FIERI International Biannual Convention and Anniversary Celebration May Joe Aquilino,Regional Vice President – NY212.414.5440
NY New York City Puccini’s World Premiere La Coupe et les Levres,  Anton Coppola, Librettist October 31, 2009 7:30 PM, Kaye Playhouse at Hunter Press conference/cocktail , September 30, 2009  7 View website icpainc@yahoo.com
NY Niagara Falls, Columbus Square Pine Avenue Italian Heritage Festival August View website Beth Mazza716.285.0377
NY Norwich St. Bartholomew’s Feast Day August 27, 28, 29th View website tcbiviano@roadrunner.com
NY Oyster Bay (Long Island) St. Rocco Festival July Marie Knight516.922.4186
NY Peekskill Festa Italiana August 12-14, 2011 View website frank@downtownfestivals.com
NY Poughkeepsie A Taste of Little Italy Oct. 7, 2012 View website Erin Cafarelli
NY Poughkeepsie Festa Italiana September View website Dominic Letteri845.454.1492
NY Rochester Festa Italiana May View website Joanne M. Napoli,Italian American Community Center 585.594.8882
NY Schenectady Little Italy Street Festa September 11, 2010 John Ferrari518 374-0854
NY Syracuse A Taste of Italy/Festa Italiana May and September View website Jim Reale315.457.4211 x 204
NY Utica Festival of Saints Cosmos and Damian September St. Anthony’s Church315.732.1177
NY Valhalla Italian Festival July Sal Cantatori914.993.9333
NY Watertown Mount Carmel Italian Religious Festival June St. Anthony’s Church315.782.1190
NY Watertown Bravo Italian Festival September Italian American Club315.782.1080
NY White Plains Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Festa Italiana July View website info@olmcwpny.org
NY White Plains St. Anthony of Padua Church Festa Italiana June St. Anthony’s Catholic Church914.948.1480
OH Akron, Ohio – Downtown, Lock 3 Italian-American Festival of Summit County July View website dferrant@neo.rr.com
OH Canton Italian American Festival June View website Sam Coletti330.494.0886
OH Cincinnati CincItalia Festival St. Catharine of Siena Parish View website info@cincitalia.com
OH Cleveland Cleveland Italian Film Festival 2009 September 24-Oct. 8, 2009 joycemariani3@aol.com
OH Cleveland Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival July Kathleen Webber,Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church 216.281.4245
OH Cleveland Cleveland Italian Film Festival September 18-October 2, 2008 Joyce Mariani216-916-7780
OH Cleveland – Little Italy Feast of the Assumption August 15 – 18 View website CATAGG2@aol.com
OH Columbus The Columbus Italian Festival October 5 – 7 View website Saint John the BaptistItalian Catholic Church614.294.5319
OH Cuyahoga Falls Festa Italiana July 20th to July 25th 2010 View website Comisostar@aol.com
OH Lowellville Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festa July Al Boggia330.536.6978
OH Niles Italian American Festival July Our Lady of Mount Carmel330.652.5825
OH Warren The 24th Warren Ohio Italian Festival August 8-11, 2008 Phil Sidoti330-898-0562330 550 7877
OH Youngston 9th Annual Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Festival July 26-29, 2007 View website Tony Trolio330.757.2779
OH Youngstown The Brier Hill Festival August ITAM Club
OH Youngstown Greater Youngstown Italian Fest   July 30- August 1, 2010 View website johnrr31@sbcglobal.net
OK McAlester Italian Festival May View website McAlester Italian Festival Foundation 918.426.2055
OK Tulsa “A Taste of Italy” October View website pizzo@pizzolaw.com
OR Portland Festa Italiana August View website mikefran1@comcast.net
Oregon Portland 19th FESTA ITALIANA PORTLAND OREGON August 26 August 28 View website
PA Aliquippa Festa di San Rocco August View website Info@SanRocco.org
PA Bcrabtree Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel July View website info@rizzosmalabarinn.com
PA Bridgeport La Granda Festa Italiana July 11-13, 2008 View website salpron@comcast.net
PA Bristol Bristol Lions Club 28th Annual Italian Day Festival Sunday, September 13, 2009 from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. Raindate is Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 from 12-8 pm View website angelog2@verizon.net or bristollionssec@yahoo.com
PA Bristol Bristol Lione Italian Festival Day August View website Bristol Lions
PA Del Grosso’s Amuse. Park, Tipton 19th Annual Italian Food and Heritage Festival 21 September, 2008 View website summerfun@delgrossos.com
PA Dunmore Italian Festival August Rev. Anthony Tombasco570.344.1239
PA Easton Tempo Italiano August View website Pamela Ricchetta 610.258.9378 Richetta@enter.net
PA Edensberg Italian Musical may Joseph J. Bentivegna814.472.8612
PA Erie St. Paul’s RC Church “Italian Festival” August View website St. Paul R.C. Church814.459.3173
PA Erie St. Paul’s Festival of the Assumption August Connie Sell814.454.4225
PA Erie St. Joseph’s Day Celebration March Ronald J. DiVecchio814.456.6304
PA Erie Mazzini Civic Association Italian American Picnic July Ronald J. DiVecchio814.456.6304
PA Glenolden Fifth Annual Italian Night Event held at The Oaks, 511 W. Oak Lane March 1, 2008 Jim Stigale610 497 3353215 729 8713
PA Ligonier Italian Day Festa August 13, 2010 View website trunzo1100@comcast.net
PA New Kensington Festa Italiana 2007 2-4 August, 2007 View website angelo.bolcato@verizon.net
PA Norristown Maria Santissima del Soccorso di Sciacca Festa August rvmontg@adphila.org
PA Norristown 103rd Annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Norristown Sunday, July 18, 2010 Msgr. Arthur Centrella610-277-5320
PA Norristown Santissimo Salvatore di Montella Festival August Msgr. Arthur Centrella610.275.0958
PA Old Forge Felittese Festival September View website Louis Ciuccio570.457.3499
PA Philadelphia Feast of St. Anthony di Padova Sunday, June 13 View website info@stbarnabascc.com
PA Philadelphia St. Nicholas of Tolentine Italian Festival Sunday, October 7, 2012 View website St. Nicholas Rectory215-463-1326
PA Philadelphia – 10th & Dickinson St. 3rd Annual Padre Pio Festival at Annunciation BVM 21-23 September, 2007 Lupobianco104@aol.com
PA Philadelphia, Northeast Italian Festival September joecascerceri@hotmail.com
PA Philadelphia: S. Broad & S. 20th St. Vendemmia Festival, Philadelphia’s Largest Fall Festival of Food & Wine September 28, 2008 2-6 pm View website Laura Yasso
PA Pittsburgh Festa Italia October Consulate -Honorary of Italy412.765.0273
PA Pittsburgh Italian Day at PNC Park – Pirates vs. Nationals Sunday July 1, 2007 @ 1:35 PM Marianne Marcantonio412.325.4487fax 412.325.4410
PA Scranton Italian Festival September View website La Festa Italiana
PA Vandergrift Festa Italiana di Vandergrift 16 August 2009 View website abramdmc12@comcast.net
PA Vandergrift Festa Name  Festa Italiana di Vandergrift — “2nd Annual Italian Film Festival” August 15, 2009 View website abramdmc12@comcast.net
RI Newport Festa Italiana  October View website jbailey@GoNewport.com
RI Providence Italian Arts and Music Festival August 7-11, 2008 View website Michael Antonelli401-226-8092
RI Westerly Mount Carmel Feast July Immaculate Conception Church 401.596.2130
SC Columbia Order Sons of Italy (Bella Italia Lodge 2808) Italian Festival October 22, 2011 Nick D. Pizzutikpizzuti@sc.rr.com
SC Hilton Head Island, Shelter Cove Park Italian Heritage Festival Saturday, September 24th, 2011 11:30 am till 4:00 pm View website John PagluicaPagluicajr@aol.com
SC Myrtle Beach (at Broadway at the Beach) Sons of Italy Columbus Day Weekend Italian Festival Oct 9 and 10 2010 View website Leo Darrigo843.650.3466
SC Myrtle Beach @ Market Common Sons of Italy Italian Festival April 2010 View website Leo Darrigo843.650.3466
TN Memphis Memphis Italian Festival First Weekend in June View website Paul Volpe, Chairman 901.685.1378
TX Houston Festa Italiana October 16-19 View website Jo Ann Pinkerton713.524.4222 Info@HoustonItalianFestival.com
UT Salt Lake City Prescious Cheese FERRAGOSTO August View website Jinger LaGuardia801.979.1997
VA Alexandria Italian Festival September View website
VA Norfolk International Azalea Festival View website Ronda Bausom757.282.2801
VA Richmond Richmond’s Orginial Italian Street Festival Octoer 4 & 5, 2008 View website DuWane Donati804-305-9374ddonati@peoplepc.com
VA Richmond Richmond’s Original Italian Street Festival Oct. 2 Oct. 3 Cherie Andersonheronnow@verizon.net
VA Richmond Saint Joseph Italian Festival June 11 & 12, 2011 View website Nick Maiolo nmaiolo@verizon.net
VA Richmond (Bon Air) “Saint Joseph Italian Festival” April 5-6, 2008 View website Nicholas J. Maiolo -Chairman804-794-6164nmaiolo@comcast.net
VA Virginia Beach Peroni Festa Italiana September 16-18, 2011 View website Donna Agresto757-222-2908donna@sinclairstations.com
WA Seattle Festa Primavera July View website Anita Bingaman,Dante Alighieri Society of Washington 206.320.9159
WA Seattle Festa Italiana Seattle September View website Dennis Caldirola,Festa Italiana206.282.0627dennis@festaseattle.com
WA Walla Walla Italian Heritage Days Festa & Parade October View website Carmela Buttice509.529.1509butticec@hscis.net
WI Kenosha Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival July Rev. John Richetta/Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival 262.652.7660
WI Kenosha Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary August Rev. John Molnar /Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary 262.652.2771
WI Madison Festa Italia  June View website Steve Sasso 608.424.1314
WI Milwaukee Festa Italiana  July View website Patrick S. Morgan,Italian Community Center, Inc.or Mary Hoffman, Festa Italiana Office 414.223.2180 or 414.223.2808 office@festaitaliana.com
WI Racine Roma Lodge Italian Festival July View website Jerry Perona 262.886.3610 gperona@wi.rr.com
WV Bluefield OSIA Italian Festival First Weekend in October Nick Ameli, Jr. – President OSIA West Virginia State304.589.3317 nameli@ft.newyorklife.com
WV Clarksburg Annual Italian Heritage Festival August and September View website Rachel Torchia304.622.7314 BENVENUTO79@wvihf.com
WV Fairmont Feast of the Seven Fishes Festival December 13, 2008 View website View website Vera Sansalone304-366-0468
WV Wheeling The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival July 23-25, 2010 View website Frankie DiCarlantonio1-304-233-1090frankie@italyfest.com

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The Grape Harvest Wine Festival in Mendoza Argentina: Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia

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The Grape Harvest Festival in most countries occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region. Given the differences in climate and crops around the world, harvest festivals can be found at various times throughout the world.

In Mendoza, the capital city of this province of Argentina, they have an annual national wine harvest festival in early March called The Grape Harvest Festival;  Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia.”  There’s plenty of food, wine, music and tango at the Festival!

At the foot of the Andes, Mendoza is the principal wine-producing region with more than 70% of the country’s vineyards. This region of Argentina has hot summers and plenty of sunlight. Mendoza’s vineyards represents about 68% of total surface cultivated with grapevines in Argentina. The altitude of the cultivated valleys in Mendoza is between 700 and 1200 meters above sea level. Here’s the Wine Spectator Map of the wine regions in Argentina: http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Argentinamap.pdf

This is Malbec territory in the foothills of the Andes; the region is famous for viticulture producing 70% of the 1.5 billion liters of Argentine wine. In 1998, vintner Nicolas Catena released Bodegas Esmeralda Malbec Mendoz Catena Alta Lunlunta 1996. and earned 92 points on the Wine Spectator scale, making it Argentina’s highest scoring wine. Within a few years, Malbec’s popularity world-wide skyrocketed in a booming export market.

Bottle and glass of Malbec wine from Argentina

Bottle and glass of Malbec wine from Argentina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Argentine Malbec wine is characterized by its deep color, intense fruity flavors and velvety texture. The Mendoza region is the leading producer of Malbec in Argentina with plantings found throughout the country in places such as La Rioja, Salta, San Juan, Catamarca and Buenos Aires. Argentina’s most highly rated Malbec wines originate from Mendoza’s high altitude wine regions of Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. These Districts are located in the foothills of the Andes mountains.

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The Mendoza Province,Argentina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This festival celebrates the viticultural heritage of Mendoza; tasting, harvesting, winemaking and history is integrated into this festival. The tradition started in 1936, and attendance has been growing exponentially since the onset of the festival. It starts with a blessing of the grapes that leads to parades and performances. It is one of the most important festivals in the country and attracts a large number of tourists to the region.

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Mendoza Vineyard

Mendoza Vineyard (Photo credit: Justin Ornellas)

Mendoza is a province in the Cuyo region of Argentina. The Grape harvest Festival is a  world renowned celebration of wine and winemaking. Each of the 18 departments/districts in the Mendoza Province prepare for the festival in the early months of the year.

Atuel River, Mendoza Province, Argentina.

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The Grape Harvest Festival is an extravaganza held in Mendoza city. It integrates customs, rites of passage and rituals into a multi-day festival. The main events occurs in the first week of March featuring hundreds of dancers and performers. The festivities culminate in the selection of a beauty queen; “Reina Nacional de la Vendimia” (National Vendimia Queen) and a large firework display.

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The first vendimia celebrations in the Mendoza Province occurred in the 17th century in the wineries. The first official Vendimia festival took place in 1936 when it and was supported by various areas in the government and prestigious institutions in the province. Today this celebration is a National Festival.

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The origins of the Grape Harvest Festival date back to 1936 when Frank Romero Day was serving as the Minister of Industry and Public Works. The celebrations began at the gates of General San Martín Park and involved Dr. Miguel Ángel Cárcano the Minister of Agriculture. This park, designed by Carlos Thays in 1897, is the focal point of Mendoza. Beyond the French gates you will find Islas Malvinas Stadium, host of the 1978 World Cup. In addition, the Greek Theatre is also within the gates where the annual Vendimia festival culminates. There is a zoo, a rose garden and a sizable lake with a regatta club.

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Here’s a video of the amazing event:


Traditional dancers and musicians from Mendoza provide a spectacular large-scale sound and light show in the Frank Romero Day Amphitheatre on the final three evenings of the festival. At the end of the festival, around 700 performers frolick beneath rainbow-coloured lights.

The show pays homenage to the “Virgen de la Carrodilla” and features traditional folklore and music. The final event is the selection of the “Reina Nacional de la Vendimia” beauty queen with a spectacular firework display.

There are a number of important traditional events that lead to this culminating spectacle in Mendoza. The Festival begins with the humble blessing of the grapes (the  Benediction of the fruit) that takes place on the last Sunday of February. In Mendoza, the peasants thank their saints for the good harvest. The ceremony of the offering and blessing of the fruit was a biblical tradition that began with Moses.  Thanks are given to God for the harvest and the new wine is offered while evoking the Carrodilla Virgin, patron saint of the vineyards. The Virgin ritual was brought to Argentina from Aragon, Spain by Antonio Solanilla. It is believed that her presence guarantees a good harvest. The new fruit is blessed before being processed and put in casks.

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At the Carrusel parade, parading Argentine gauchos in typical dress ride their horses up and down the streets with a trail of old wooden ox carts. These carts were one of the first vehicles used in Mendoza over 120 years ago.

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On the evening of the first Friday of March,  Vía Blanca de las Reinas involves a parade of the prettiest women (Reinas) from each district. The election of the district queens begins much earlier in the individual provinces. The Reinas ride alegoric chariots through the streets of Mendoza. They are dressed in decorative outfits designed to celebrate the winemaking tradition and the character of their districts. This event has been known to attract over 200,000 spectators.

The Carrusel Vendimial takes place on Saturday morning. This daylight parade, involves the Reinas riding their chariots through the streets, accompanied by formations of Gauchos riding horses. They are followed by dancers representing various provinces of Argentina and other Latin American Countries. This parade also attracts huge numbers of spectators. When the sun sets and it starts to get dark, one of the most important traditions in the Grape Harvest Festival begins; “the Queens White Way.”housands of people from all of the districts in the Province of Mendoza anxiously await the appearance of their district’s queens and princesses. There is one carriage per district. The Main Event takes place in the “Frank Romero Day Greek Theater” when the Grape Harvest Queen is selected.

While you’re in Mendoza, you may want to visit some of these wineries (click on each link for more information):

Bodega Catena Zapata, Bodega Melipal, Bodega Norton, Bodega Ruca Malen, Familia Zuccardi, Finca Decero, and Valle de Uco.

The  Park Hyatt Mendoza Casino and Spa overlooks Plaza Independencia and is about 15 miles away from the main vineyards in Mendoza. In March the hotel host “Masters of Food & Wine” with talented culinary artists and renowned sommeliers. There are lunch and dinner events at Argentinean wineries with exclusive tastings.

For more information visit www.mendoza.park.hyatt.com

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival 2014 in Monterey California

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Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

WHEN: April 3-6, 2014

Here’s a list of the participating wineries:


“Pebble Beach Food & Wine has an enviable reputation for bringing out the Best and the Brightest talent in the world for the four day extravaganza. The line-up is always a virtual Who’s Who of the Culinary World and offered a cross-section of the legendary to the rising stars. Michelin stars from one to three, James Beard award winners, Best New Chef award winners, Rising Stars, Mobil 5 Star award winners, we have had the recipients of just about every culinary award imaginable. Over the years, the event has been graced by Jacques Pepin, Gerard Boyer, Alan Passard, Phillipe Legendre, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Charlie Trotter, Eric Ripert, Ming Tsai, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Joachim Splichal, Wolfgang Puck and Pierre Gagniere to name just a few.” http://www.pbfw.com

This year, Chef/Owner Robert Baker of “Me and the Hound Memphis Barbecue” will be at the Festival. He was born and raised in Memphis and has participated in the Memphis in May World Barbecue Championship for many years. He brings his love of slow cooking to Monterey.

Here are the Chefs:


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What’s more fun than a Celebrity Food and Wine Event? Especially when the proceeds benefit worthy organizations and the venue is scenic and legendary Pebble Beach.

Pebble Beach MapPebble Beach boasts a dramatic coastline nestled among majestic Monterey pine trees. It is a golf mecca; the Pebble  Beach Golf Links in Monterey, California opened in 1919 and is regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world. In 2001, it became the first public course to be selected as the premier Golf Course in America by Golf Digest. Greens fees are among the highest in the world, at $495 per round.

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18th green; taken from the “Ocean View,” the back of The Lodge at Pebble Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Pebble Beach, California (Photo credit: Carodean Road Designs)

Here’s my Video of the highlights of the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012 http://youtu.be/0wS_xkrAKrA

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PEBBLE BEACH, CA – FEBRUARY 14: Paul Goydos hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 14, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)


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The area offers incredible accommodations. Pebble Beach Resorts like the Lodge and the Inn at Spanish Bay offer extraordinary amenities like with world-class golf courses like Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay. There is a spa as well as a Beach and Tennis Club.

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One of the best Vino con Vista sea-front dining opportunities that you can seize, is at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant in the Inn at Spanish Bay. Gaze at the Pacific Ocean from the dining room or the outdoor tables. Wander over to Big Sur or the Monterey Aquarium. There are plenty of interesting sites to visit around the Monterey Peninsula.

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English: Near Bird Rock of the Starboard Trail, Pebble Beach, Calfornia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival enables guests to try cuisine from many restaurants.  You can taste new wines like “Cherry Pie” that I have never seen in Chicago. This distinctive Woodbridge single vineyard, single varietal Carneros Pinot Noir was delightful!

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Lexus Grand Tasting

Pebble Beach Lexus Grand Tasting

I loved the 2012 Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival!! This 5th annual premier epicurean event in California was an incredible Vino con Vista Opportunity!

For more information and tickets visit:


Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

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Sign of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mark your calendars for the 6th annual event, it will be held on April 4-7, 2013.

The 2012 Events were held at luxurious Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach Golf Links and The Lodge at Pebble Beach. There was even a Jenn-Air Pavillion set up on the grounds of the Inn at Spanish Bay for cooking demos.

Inn at Spanish Bay

Inn at Spanish Bay

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

The Grand Tasting was at the Equestrian Center. Shuttle service was provided between the different event locations.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Watch this video to see highlights of the event:

Here a video: http://www.pebblebeachfoodandwine.com/index.cfm/video_4.htm

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Participants learned about “Cult Cabs” and had a meal with Michael Chiarello, who specializes in Italian-influenced California cuisine. There was “Swine and Wine” and  “Italian Love Affair” tasting.  Guy Fieri and other notable chefs were hosting cooking demonstrations.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

There was an opening night reception and plenty of “After Hours Parties.” You could even sign up to play golf on Pebble Beach!

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The 7th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey County, California Svenska: 7:e hålet på Pebble Beach Golf Links. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine Sponsors 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine Sponsors 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

The Grand Tasting Events were held on Saturday and Sunday. There were 250 acclaimed wineries and 75 celebrity chefs with plenty of wine tastings and cooking demonstrations.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

I went to the Sunday “Lexus Grand Tasting” at the Equestrian Center with 25 celebrity chefs showcasing their culinary prowess.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

There were book signings and over 300 wines from 200 of the world’s most prestigious wineries. I even had an opportunity to try “The Black Bottle” iconic wine.

I always search for new Pinot Noirs to try.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Follow this link for more information about this premier culinary event in Pebble Beach California.


Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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29th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival 2014 in South Carolina

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English: The beach on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Français : La plage à Hilton Head Island, en Caroline du Sud. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attend the 29th Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival 2014

The Great Chefs of the Island Wine dinners will take place March 11-15, 2014.
Reservations are made directly with participating restaurants.
For the most  up-to-date information,
please visit the website under About “Schedule  of Events.”
Wine & Cinema Kickoff Event – Custom Audio Video
48 Pennington Drive, Bluffton, SC 29910
Wine Knowledge Sessions – Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Grand Tasting – Sea Pines County Club
30 Governors Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Public Tasting – Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn
70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

March 10th is the kickoff event to benefit the John & Valerie Curry Scholarship Fund Custom Audio Video in Sheridan Park, Bluffton 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Private screening of SOMM the Documentary with hors d’oeuvres catered by Redfish and award winning wines.

Here’s the scedule of events:


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English: The beach on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Français : La plage à Hilton Head Island, en Caroline du Sud. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival began 28 years ago as part of an island wide promotion to bring visitors and stimulate the island’s food and beverage industry in the early spring shoulder season.  At that time, Hilton Head Island was mostly known as a summer beach and golf destination.  A group of fun-loving wine enthusiasts along with some great island culinary talents started the tradition of the annual Wine & Food Festival serving as the herald of spring.  It was a coming out party of sorts, for residents and visitors alike who wanted to shake off winter.  And with the help of many hands, the festival grew.  From its origin as a one-day three-hour tasting, the festival has now blossomed into a full week of events:  wine dinners, author receptions, movie screenings, wine knowledge sessions, a grand tasting and the public tasting.  Our signature event, the original Public Tasting, is the largest outdoor tented public wine tasting on the East Coast!”

One of the unique characteristics of the Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival is the festival’s cornerstone:  the International Wine Competition.  In late January, Certified Wine Educators and Advance Sommeliers spend 3 days judging over 850 different wines.  Gold and silver medals are awarded and those wines are featured throughout the festival events along with other vintner’s choices.  Wines are judged in various categories and at all price levels.

The Festival is an event produced by the non-profit corporation Hilton Head Wine & Food, Inc.  The proceeds from the festival’s wine auction at the Grand and Public Tastings support the John & Valerie Curry Educational Scholarship Fund for college students pursuing degrees in the hospitality & tourism field.  Scholarships are currently offered at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Hilton Head Island is about 20 miles north of Savannah, Georgia and about 95 miles south of Charleston. The Festival provides wine lovers and gourmet foodies alike, an opportunity to sample outstanding domestic and international wines and some of the Lowcountry‘s best cuisine.

The The Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival and Silent Auction will be held from 12 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. The Wine & Food Festival’s Silent Auctions benefit educational opportunities for students in the Hospitality programs at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry though the John T. and Valerie Curry scholarship fund.

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The Annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival brings together wine, spirits and food lovers for a six-days of events. The Great Chefs of the South Wine Dinners took take place at various restaurants and locations on Hilton Head Island, between Monday March 5th and Friday, March 9th, 2012, The Wine & Food Festival Auction offered visitors an opportunity to bid on impressive lots of wine and is the most extensive wine auction on Hilton Head Island. The event was held on Friday, March 9th, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Sea Pines Resort, Harbour Town Conference Center.

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Harbor of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For more information visit: www.hiltonheadwineandfood.com.

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Top Fall Festivals in Chicago 2013

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1. Taste of Polonia, August 30 to September 2, Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.

2. The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

             August 23-September 2

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English: The Magnificent Mile is generally considered the western boundary. A view of the Magnificent Mile. Français : Le Magnificent Mile. 日本語: シカゴ・ウォーター・タワーとマグニフィセント・マイルのビル群. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • 3. North Side Irish Fest, September 13-15,  Lincoln Ave. at Irving Park
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4. Riot Fest, September 13-15, Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Sacramento Ave.

5. Hyde Park Jazz Festival, September 28 & 29, Hyde Park

6. Jazz Fest in Grant Park over Labor Day Weekend


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World Music Festival 2012 in Chicago

At the World Music Festival 2012 jin Chicago, you can hear traditional and contemporary music from diverse cultures by acclaimed musicians from around the world. This seven-day music festival will offer performances and events at a variety of locations throughout the city.

WHEN: September 21, 2012 – September 27, 2012

There will be more than 70 performances. Here are the closing acts for each day:

September 21

  • Martyrs’ Restaurant & Pub (3855 N. Lincoln Ave.) – 9 p.m. – Delhi 2 Dublin with Kalyan Pathak’s Jazz Matta
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A jam session at the Old Town School of Folk Music. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

September 22

September 23

  • Martyrs’ Restaurant & Pub (3855 N. Lincoln Ave.) – 8:30 p.m. – Slavic Soul Party with Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird

September 24

September 25

  • Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th St.) – 8 p.m. – Paulinho Garcia Septet with Luciano Antonio & Silvia Manriques
  • Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse Ave.) – 8 p.m. – Pedrito Martinez with Ecos del Pacific
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Chicago Cultural Center – Grand Staircase and Preston Bradley Hall. The 38-foot dome is by J. A. Holtzer of the Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company. The cultural center states that it is the largest Tiffany dome in the world. Building construction was completed in 1897. Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

September 26

  • Old Town School of Folk Music (4544 N. Lincoln Ave.) – 8:30 p.m. – Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto
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Stained glass dome at Chicago Cultural Center, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Rotunda. According to the Chicago Cultural Center, this work was created by the studio of Healy & Millet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

September 27

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Chicago’s 2012 Oktoberfest at St. Alphonsus in Lakeview


Friday – Sunday; September 28-30, 2012  


Friday: 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm  


St. Alphonsus Church at Southport & Lincoln in Chicago  

If you follow my posts, you know that I can’t pass up a Chicago Festival. Since I truly believe that autumn is the most beautiful time of year in Chicago, I try to hit as many of the Fall Festivals as possible.

Oktoberfest 2011

As a Chicago native, I know that when the fall season ends the possibilities of glorious outdoor festivals evaporate. The dreadful winter weather in Chicago isn’t conducive to outdoor festivals, unless you’re a reindeer or Santa.

Oktoberfest 2011 in Chicago

Saint Alphonsus Parish in Chicago

 Attend the 11th annual festival at St. Aphonsus Church; one of the most highly regarded Oktoberfest celebrations in Chicago at 1429 W. Wellington on September 28-30, 2112

English: 450 years of the “German Beer Purity ...

English: 450 years of the “German Beer Purity Law” Deutsch: 450 Jahre Deutsches Reinheitsgebot :*Graphics by Poell :*Ausgabepreis: 80 Pfennig :*First Day of Issue / Erstausgabetag: 5. Mai 1983 :*Michel-Katalog-Nr: 1179 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map of Chicago's community areas, grouped by c...

Map of Chicago’s community areas, grouped by color by “side” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1900, one in every five Chicago residents was German. These Deutshischers brought their beer-making practices and oom-pah-pah music with them to Chicago. Their beer-making adhered to the principles of Reinheitsgebot; German Purity law. The “German Beer Purity Law” or the “Bavarian Purity Law”  was a regulation concerning the production of beer in Germany. In the original text, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley and hops. The law has since been repealed but many German and American beers, for marketing purposes, continue to claim to abide by the rule.

Octoberfest in Chicago 2011

I always wonder how the out-of -state college graduates  know exactly what neighborhood to move into when they come to Chicago? Is there some Social Media fraternity/sorority news bulletin? The newly minted college graduates in Chicago love Lakeview!

St. Alphonsus in Lakeview in Chicago

Grab your lederhosen and Grampa’s beer stein and attend one of Chicago’s favorite Germanic  festivals.


There will be plenty of beer, brats, pretzels,  music and dancing. On Sunday afternoon, the “Kinderfest” celebration (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. ) will feature games and  activities for children.

German Festival Costume

Saint Alphonsus Liguori was a doctor of the Church, known for his contribution to moral theology and his great kindness. He was born in 1696 in Naples. The original St. Alphonsus church was built at this location when the neighborhood was predominantly German. The existing church was built in 1897 and is located at 1429 W. Wellington www.stalphonsuschgo.org.

Octoberfest celebrations are modeled after the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. This 16-18 day celebration in Munich began as a wedding celebration for the royal couple. We owe it all to Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.

There will be two stages: a Main Stage and a German Stage. 

Sixteen Candles at Oktoberfest 2011

Here’s the entertainment line-up:


5:00pm – The Polkaholics
6:30pm – Hip Hugger
8:30pm – Hi Infidelity

11:00am – Die Musikmeisters German Band
1:45pm – Radio Live
3:45pm – The Bratwurst Brothers
5:30pm – He Said, She Said
8:00pm – 16 Candles

Sixteen Candles Band at Oktoberfest 2011

Sixteen Candles at Oktoberfest 2011


7:00pm – The Polkaholics
9:00pm – The Bratwurst Brothers

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
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Chicago’s Harvest Jam 2013 at Queen of Angels Parish in Lincoln Square

Chicago‘s Queen of Angels parish is hosting a 2013. The Harvest Jam homecoming festival is a school fund-raiser. There’s always plenty of outstanding entertainment and food at this annual two-day festival.

Harvest Jam logoQueen of Angels Harvest Jam, our community fall festival will be September 20 and 21, 2013! Highlights of the event include great live music, delicious food, family games, inflatables, Euro-bungee, arts and crafts and the crowd-pleasing chili, BBQ and pie baking contests!

WHEN: Friday, September 20 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Queen of Angels Church

Queen of Angels Church

This family oriented event features carnival games, choral performances, food, drinks and outstanding live music. The kids had a fun and peaceful “Hay Market Riot” frolicking in the bails of hay. They even auctioned off their Halloween art projects. www.harvestjam.com . I love the Chili Cook-Off!

Harvest Jam 2011

Children playing in the Hay At Harvest Jam 2100

Harvest Jam 2011

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