The Sicilian festival will hold its annual Spaghetti Cookoff May 15 starting at 8 a.m. at Festival Square, 312 E Railroad Ave., Independence, LA. A dessert competition has been added this year. People are encouraged to make their favorite Italian or Sicilian dessert and bring it to the pavilion at Festival Square by 10:30 that morning. The entry fe...

Summer is around the corner and for many of us that means adventures and vacation. For me, it usually means travel to Italy, but this year with things still a bit in the air — pun intended — a trip to Italy may not be in the cards. If traveling outside the U.S. is in question, but you still need an Italy fix, I’d like to recommend a visit to the ma...

St. Anthony’s Festival is offering curbside Italian sub sales on the second Saturday of each month from May through September of 2021. The next event is scheduled for Saturday, May 8th from 11am-2pm, or until gone. This time around, there is no pre-ordering process. It’s a PICK-UP ONLY event in the St. Anthony’s Church Parking Lot, at 50 Pomeroy St...

Board members for the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival officially declared Thursday night that this year’s event will proceed at Heritage Port in Wheeling. Members of the event’s board of directors met at what was described as a “lively” meeting Thursday evening, discussing options and eventually electing to move forward with the wildly...

The Warren Italian-American Heritage Festival will be back in Courthouse Square in August, but the Wings & Wheels at the Ernie Hall Aviation Museum and SLOAS Airfield will stay grounded for another year. Italian festival President Carole Ficeti said the board continued to meet via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic and went back and forth on whether...

Italy debuted in Eurovision at the inaugural contest back in 1956 and have claimed victory twice with Gigliola Cinquetti 'Non ho l'età' (1964) and Toto Cutugno 'Insieme: 1992' (1990). Italy took a hiatus from the contest after the 1997 competition and returned with a bang in 2011 - emerging as part of the newly minted "Big Five". In more recent yea...

Erie News Now has spent the last week taking a look at plans for the region's big summer festivals, fairs and events to see how organizers plan to approach things this year. Our focus this time is on St. Paul's Italian Festival, centered around St. Paul Roman Catholic Church at 16th and Walnut Streets. It's normally a colorful, noisy, vibrant socia...

Verona residents are missing the city's Vinitaly wine fair, cancelled for a second year due to the coronavirus crisis. Writer Richard Hough asks whether such events will remain important in Italy - and tries a digital tasting instead. As I suggested in my last column, wine is the lifeblood of Verona and the cancellation of the Vinitaly fair, for th...

Serene and atmospheric, the hill town of Valguarnera Caropepe sits at 629 meters above sea level on the eastern slopes of the Erei mountains in the province of Enna. The surrounding hills face the giant volcano Mount Etna, the ocean sprawling in the distant background.  In ancient times, the territory was an important place in the Demeter, Persepho...

The Santa Barbara County Education Office has begun planning a virtual version of this year's I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival. The festival is scheduled to take place on May 29, 30, and 31. Normally, the festival is held in front of the Old Mission where artists of all ages from across the country come to draw their chalk masterpieces....