Capisci? No? Here it is, in inglese: The Italian-American Heritage Festival of Iowa is this weekend, July 29 – 30, in the Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines (bordered by 12th and 13th Streets, and Locust and Grand Avenues).
A celebration of Des Moines’ (and Iowa’s) long and storied history of Italian-American cultural contributions to our community will be tomorrow (7/29) and Saturday (7/30) from 11 am til after midnight. There will be food and games and entertainment, beauty and art pageants, and even a contest for the best sauce (yum).
For mature appetites only. Of particular interest (we think) to AllSpice readers: new this year is the adult cannoli eating contest which is open to contestants 21 and up. Sign-up at the Graziano Heritage Stage Saturday morning from 10:45 AM until noon. Eight lucky contestants will be selected at 12:30 PM and names will be posted at the Graziano Heritage Stage. The contest will take place on the Graziano Heritage Stage Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM.
Admission to the festival is free before 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday with a nonperishable food or monetary donation to the Food Bank of Iowa. After 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, admission (for adults and children 12 and older) is $5. A portion of the gate proceeds on both nights will benefit Best Buddies Iowa.
For more information. You can get all the details on the Italian American Festival of Iowa website. Ciao!