Sacramento has a sizable and growing Italian Cultural Center. Did you enjoy this weekend’s Italian food festival on Saturday and Sunday August 4th and 5th 2012 in Sacramento? The garden-like atmosphere where the ‘festa’ of music and food, including vendors for books, CDs, language classes, olive oils, jams and jellies, along with other trinkets such as tea shirts and mushroom types was held at Croatian Hall about two blocks from Watt Avenue along Auburn Avenue, as it has been held each year for the past 26 years.
August each year in Sacramento hosts the Italian Cultural Festival also held at the same Croatian cultural center. In fact, this Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5th, 2012, Sacramento’s Italian Society’s annual “Festa Italiana” takes place each day at Croatian Park, 3730 Auburn Boulevard, Sacramento, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. And don’t forget toward the end of August also is the annual Greek food and music festival at the Sacramento Convention Center downtown. Check out the You Tube video of Sacramento’s Italian Food Festival from 2010, Italica- Sacramento Italian Festival 8-7-2010.
This weekend is Italian festa at Croatian Hall. There will be food, but also an Italian marketplace, children’s games, rides, and bocce ball. Check out the Festa Italiana Sacramento website for further information. There’s an admission price this coming weekend each day. The admission is $12. Children 15 and under are free.
There were plenty of tee shirts with slogans that read, “Made in America with Italian parts.” You also see tee shirts saying IBM standing for “Italian by Marriage, and the old adage, “FBI,” meaning full-blooded Italian. You also see the same type of tee shirts at other ethnic food and music festivals such as Sacramento’s annual Greek Food Festival at the end of August.
Those tee shirts read, “Made in America with Greek Parts.” Pick an ethnic group gathering, and you’re sure to see tee shirt slogans on various garments and bumper stickers, posters, and similar references to being proud of and showing off your ethnicity.
The Festa Italiana has been voted as Northern California’s Best Italian Festival. . This year marked the 27th anniversary of Festa Italiana. This beautiful Italian community event features delicious Italian food and drink and stellar entertainers. There will be an Italian Marketplace, a Children’s games and rides area, bocce ball, Italian cars, motorcycles and much more entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Come out today and celebrate Italian heritage regardless of your own ethnicity. Don’t miss Festa Italiana Northern California’s Italian community gathering for two days of Italian cuisine, music, dancing, fun and friendship. The Festa is at Croatian Hall, but at another location, you can find the local Italian Cultural Center.
Sacramento’ new Northern California’s Italian Cultural Center, is located at 6821 Fair Oaks Blvd, near Carmichael Park, in Carmichael. How would you like to join the club called, Sacramento Young Italians? It’s also called Gioventù? Sacramento.
This club welcomes young people (18 – 40) interested in exploring Italian and Italian American culture in the Sacramento area. Check out aspects of Italian culture with this group. Members include single, married and fluent speakers of the Italian language. See, Gioventu Sacramento Young Italians.
If you are not Italian don’t worry. If you cherish the culture as they do, join them. You don’t have to be Italian to join. You just have to like being around Italian people, language, culture, music, art, and food. Check out the Gioventù website and the Italian Cultural Society in Sacramento. You also can contact them at Gioventù, P.O. Box 189427, Sacramento, CA 95818. E-mail: email@example.com.
And don’t forget Sacramento’s famous Greek food festival held at the downtown convention center this year. Some years it’s at the end of August, and other years, it’s at the start of September. The Greek Food Festival is held each year at Sacramento’s downtown convention center. At the Greek food festival, from the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. lunch hours, on the first Friday, usually the entrance is free, but you pay for the lunch and any other food and also for entrance and food on Saturday.
Coming up at the end of August 2012
Check out the 2012 Greek Festival | Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church | Sacramento. The 49th Annual Greek Festival this year runs from August 31, September 1 – 2, 2012. – Labor Day Weekend at the Sacramento Convention Center. (1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.What I like about the Greek food festival is that for seniors on tiny incomes, the price is excellent, since we come for the lunch time food. With the Italian festival, this year seniors had to pay $12 for entrance, plus $8 for the sandwich. That’s $20 plus any extra for bottled water or beverages if we wanted water.
At the Greek food festival, we pay $8 or $10 for the food on Friday from 11 am to 3 pm, and no entrance fee, so we can have money left over to buy from the vendors any trinkets, tea shirts, packaged foods, or books.
The Italian Food Fest
Last year at the Italian food and music festival, the admission was only $10 for adults, a few years back, admission was only $7, but the food had pretty much the same prices. Entertainment including live singers with recorded music and the children’s folkloric dancing. There’s no senior discount on the entrance fee or the food for folks over age 70 at the Italian food festival, but children under a specific age are free.
What seniors of our group and income range would like to see in Sacramento are more food festivals given at noon or the afternoon hours before sundown and low entrance or free entrance for those of us over age 65 or 70 who love these festivals as they are on bus lines for our group of non-drivers. The food is good and worth the money. And so is the music. So folks, remember all the food festivals.
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