Ancient Italians were renowned for eating every part of the angels they hunted—even the hair. Enjoy divine flavor with today's side deal: for $9, you get two adult weekend passes to the Tallahassee Italian Family Festa at John Paul II Catholic High School, February 19 and 20 (a $20 value). Your ticket price covers the cost of admission, entertainment, and parking, but does not include food or beverages. Children 12 and under get in free. The Tallahassee Italian Family Festa extols the heritage of traditional Italian culture through aliments and activities; prance with a partner for tarantella lessons and plunge toes into a nectarous bath of smashed grapes. The Festa also favors discerning palates with daily cooking demonstrations, a wine tasting, and the Gusto Fino silent auction, which comes packed with Italian wines and delicacies. Festival-goers can salivate over savory pastas, follow the bambini parade, and toss their bocce balls down the earthen path to fun and recreational freedom.
The Tallahassee Democrat featured the Italian Family Festa.
- Lovers of everything Italian are in luck. – Desiree Stennett, Tallahassee Democrat
Tallahassee Italian Family Festa
At Tallahassee Italian Family Festa, held each year since 2010, Italian and Italian-American culture is celebrated in all of its forms. Bocce tournaments, a Madonnari sidewalk-chalk art competition, and a silent auction are just a few attractions, and spectators can fuel up with gelato, meatball sandwiches, and Italian beer and wine. Italian cars and motorcycles gleam in an exhibition, showing off their sleek surfaces and revving their motors with an Italian trill. There's also a children's area where kids can participate in face painting, a grape stomp, and other activities.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Florida State University's international travel programs and CIAO! Italian Club Tallahassee.