The ninth annual Italian Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8-9 on the grounds of Walsingham Academy, 1100 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg.
The event will feature Italian food, a wine tasting, musical entertainment, antique cars, arts and crafts and family activities.
Sponsored by the Colonial Italian American Organization, the festival raises money for the organization’s educational fund and other activities. More than $120,000 in educational grants and scholarships have been awarded from the previous eight festivals.
Nine Virginia wineries will provide tastings, including Barboursville, Cooper, Thistle Gate, James River, Horton, Belle Mount, Tomahawk, Montdomaine, and First Colony.
Live performances include impressionist Ron Sabol singing Dean Martin and Bobby Darin favorites, illusionist/juggler Dr. Julian Pittman and accordionist Jim Rice.
Italian specialties such as soup, pastas, sandwiches, pizza and desserts will be served by local restaurants, including Florimonte’s, By George Catering, Rocco's Smokehouse Grill, Brewster’s Ice Cream and the Pretzel Factory. Children’s activities and more than 40 arts and crafts vendors will be on hand.
Ticket prices that include the wine tasting are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate. Non-tasting tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the gate. Active duty military members and their dependents and children age 15 and under will be admitted free.
Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.ciaowilliamsburg.org. Call 220-5535 for tickets and information.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times