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Tastes, sounds of Italy featured at June 9 event

Get into the spirit of Italy at Festa Italiana. This family-friendly, fun event is scheduled for Sunday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds. This grand event brings the community together with the finest food, activities and entertainment of the Italian culture.

Renowned Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito, presented by John and Maxine Ferraiolo, will once again dazzle the audience as headliner on the Morada Produce Main Stage. Nino, d’Italiano, local opera singer Bianca Orsi, and the Trucco Band are slated to perform as well The Balliamo! Italian Dancers will headline in the Pavilion. Local entertainment will welcome festival attendees on the Benevenuti Stage, including Stockton Garage Combo, Opera Singer Kerri Scott, Louis Lodi, and the Nicolini Brothers on accordions. The Bambini Zone will delight little ones - enjoying Sparkles and Ravioli the clowns, Rhymosaurs, and the Bambini Dancers who will also teach Italian Dance lessons. Strolling through the venue will be the Funambulus Italian Stilt Walkers who delight attendees of all ages.

In addition to the awesome live entertainment, Festa offers delicious Italian food from local Italian ‘chefs’, a Mercato Marketplace, cooking demonstrations, Italian art and history, bocce ball, salami toss, the automobili show, wine tasting, olive oil and local product tastings, and much more. The “Boss of the Sauce” contest is back, and the Pavilion will have an Italian history display.

Festa Italiana is a family-friendly event for all ages. You’ll get to taste food from the most esteemed Italian restaurants and chefs in the area, participate in authentic Italian activities and games and enjoy live music.

Tickets are $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. Festa Ticket Locations include: Gian’s Deli - 2112 Pacific Ave., Stockton; SASS! Public Relations - 628 Lincoln Center, Stockton; Lodi Grape Festival Grounds - 413 E. Lockeford St., Lodi; Rinaldi’s Market - 4625 Duncan Road, Linden; the Fruit Bowl - 8767 E. Waterloo Road, Stockton. Visit for further event information.