Festa Italiana started in the spring of 1997 and is an annual multi-day event that benefits The Italian Club of Tampa (L'Unione Italiana) Restoration Fund. What started as just a one day celebration now spans over the course of four days and concludes with the main Festa Italiana event on the final day. Event attendees will experience the finest in live entertainment, family activities, wine and the Tampa Bay area's restaurants and cuisine.
Wines of Italy on Thursday, March 29, 2012: Festa Italiana kicks off with Wines of Italy, a unique tasting experience where guests will sample over 70 wines from Italy while enjoying Italian cuisine from Carraba's, desserts and live entertainment. The silent auction offers an opportunity to win fabulous prizes and gift packages. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
Cinema Italiano on Friday, March 30, 2012: Celebrate fabulous Italian cinema with Festa Italiana at Cinema Italiano where guests will experience award winning films and documentaries while enjoying espresso and dolci. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
Saturday, March 31, 2012: Spend a day with your entire family and enjoy such entertaining activities as the annual Bocce Ball Invitational Tournament, the Homemade Vino Competition, the Italian Idol singing competition and shopping the Ybor Saturday Fresh Market. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
Festa Italiana on Sunday, April 1, 2012: Festa Italiana on Sunday is the pinnacle of the annual Festa Italiana celebration that is a gathering of authentic tastes, sights and sounds straight from Italy. Attendees will enjoy the finest cuisines from over thirty of the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants and caterers. The Main Stage will offer some of the world’s greatest entertainers, singers and dancers. This year, Festa Italiana welcomes singer Matt Morgan along with The Russo Brothers, The Fabulous Rockers, Bella Danza Dance Collective and more. Festa Italiana kicks off with Sunday Mass Procession followed by food, entertainment, cooking competitions and classes, grape stomping along with a children’s area and a cultural and genealogy area. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
ABOUT THE ITALIAN CLUB OF TAMPA (L'UNIONE ITALIANA)
The Italian Club of Tampa (L’Unione Italiana) was founded in 1894 by a small visionary group who realized that by uniting together, the Italian Community of Tampa could overcome many of the social and economic challenges that confronted those “turn-of-the-century” immigrants from Italy.
The mission of The Italian Club of Tampa is to preserve and honor the culture, traditions and heritage of the Italian Community and maintain the historical facility as a functioning memorial to the working class immigrants.
As the oldest historical leader and the voice of the Italian community, The Italian Club of Tampa operates in an environment characterized by the highest ethical standards and provides open and honest communication with the members and the community.
The Italian Club of Tampa is a national historic landmark located at 1731 East 7th Avenue in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida.
For more information about The Italian Club, please visit: www.italian-club.org