Expect an abbondanza of vino, food, culture and entertainment this weekend at Festival Italiano, a street fair and marketplace at Belmar. The two-day event, touting more than 25 Italian food, snack and dessert vendors, includes food and wine pairings from Frank Bonanno (Bones, Luca DItalia, Mizuna and Osteria Marco) and Gabriel Aragon (Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar), and culinary demonstrations from Elise Wiggins (Panzano), Jon Emmanuel and Summer Polson (Project Angel Heart), Ben Davis (Tonys Market), and Mark Kalix (Wystones World Teas). And if you dont know how to ask for your meats, cheeses and pastas in Italian, you can learn while youre there, since Italian language lessons are also part of the weekend festivities.
Italian wine tastings, a kids grape stomp, live Italian music, including opera and chalk artists, are on tap, too, though the biggest draw of the weekend is the testosterone-charged bocce tournament, played both Saturday and Sunday, in which the winning team walks away with $500 in prize money. The festival takes place at West Alaska Drive and South Teller Drive in Lakewoods Belmar district; admission is free, but a portion of ticketed event activities and food and beverage sales will benefit Project Angel Heart. For more info, go to www.belmarcolorado.com.
Sept. 11-12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 2010