Italian-American Civic League of Utah to Host First-Ever Festa Italiana

Jul 25, 2015 1058

The Italian-American Civic League of Utah (IACL) is pleased to announce Festa Italiana, which will be held September 19 -20 in downtown Salt Lake City.

The inaugural festival, which will be located at 300 South and 400 West in front of the historic Rio Grande Train Station, will provide locals with an authentic Italian Street Festival experience that is prevalent in many other cities across the country.

"After visiting Italian festivals in some of the great cities across the country, our organization wanted to bring Italian culture, food and entertainment to the people of Salt Lake," said Festival Director Nick Fuoco. "It is our goal to give a little taste of what we know as Italian-Americans to everyone who attends the festival."

Festa Italiana will run from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday. Highlights of the festival include a performance Saturday night by Ricci Martin, son of the legendary Dean Martin, food from local restaurants featuring regional cuisine of Italy, a beer and wine garden, and local and Italian artists will also be in attendance displaying their work.

Additionally, an inaugural bocce ball tournament will be held at Pioneer Park on Sunday, September 20. This is a non-profit festival and a portion of this year's proceeds will go to support Catholic Community Services.
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Media Contacts:
Nick Fuoco 801.597.9098

About the Italian-American Civic League
The Italian-American Civic League is a nationally recognized, successful non-profit organization that has been around since 1934. The league has consistently brought various functions and events to Salt Lake City and the State of Utah for decades. Comprised of over 200 active members, including a men and women's chapter, the league participates in civic functions and cultural events such as Italian Day at Lagoon, Living Traditions Festival, and Festa di Colombo, and other national, local charities, and non-profits. In addition to these events, the league continues to give back to the community.

Each chapter offers scholarships throughout the entire State of Utah, totaling throughout the years an excess of over $100,000. The University of Utah has also honored the league by requesting publications, documents, and historical archives that highlight the history of the league and its local contributions to the State throughout the past century that can be found in the University of Utah's Marriott Library. For more information, visit or follow utahitalians on Twitter.

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