Inaugural Italian Festival comes alive at the Fairgrounds |

Inaugural Italian Festival comes alive at the Fairgrounds

The first Nevada County Italian Festival will celebrate the rich historical significance of Nevada County Italian heritage and culture while offering contemporary events and activities for families.

The 1st Annual Italian Festa will host several great Italian bands and entertainers.

Kicking off the festival on Saturday on the main stage is Chris Gardner, one of the top Dean Martin Tribute Artist/Impersonators in the world. From the moment Chris takes the stage dressed in his trademark vintage tuxedo with the ever-present cocktail, Chris wows the audience with his singing and comedy, Dean Martin mannerisms and distint vocal renditions.

Other entertainment acts scheduled for the weekend include Frank Ricci who has starred opposite many famous celebrities such as Tony Bennett, Wayne Newton, Don Rickles, Louis Prima and Tammy Wynette, the Italian Ricco Dancers, The Italica Band Company, the Great Morgani strolling accordionist and the Bambino Dancers.

Chef demonstrations will include the Amazing SakaBozzo brothers who have cooked in Japan, Canada, Florida and at numerous other festivals and events. They are also the authors of the cookbook “Any Bozzo Can Cook” and you’re guaranteed to learn a trick or two!

The festival will feature more than 15 food and craft booths. There will be lots of games and activities for young children as well as a Bocce Ball tournament for both the experienced and novice players.

Some of the mouthwatering dishes to be served include Toffanelli’s fried calamari, Lazy Dog Italian ice and gelato, Goombas’ pizza and calzone, 5 Mile House Italian steak, pork and eggplant and Christopher Deli’s chicken cannelloni, eggplant parmesan and cannoli. Raw pasta, Italian cheeses, olive oils, tapenade, flags, totes, ceramic plaques, T-shirts, jewelry and homemade aprons are just some of the specialty food and gift items available for purchase at the arts and crafts booths.

To learn more about these events and the other activities such as the wine and heritage tent, visit http://www.Nevada

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