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Festa Italiana (Bryan)

In its second triumphant year, Festa Italiana returns to Downtown Bryan, promising an even grander celebration of Italian culture, heritage, and culinary delights. Hosted by Zeitman’s Grocery Store & Deli, Destination Bryan, and supported by key sponsors in the community, Festa Italiana is a testament to the enduring love for Italian traditions in Bryan.

Zeitman’s Grocery Store & Deli owner, Blake Zeitman, inspired by the vibrant Italian festivals of the East Coast, introduced Festa Italiana to Bryan in its inaugural year of 2023. Now in its second iteration, the festival is evolving into a cherished annual tradition. Come summer 2024, the streets of Historic Downtown Bryan will once again come alive with the sights, sounds, and flavors of Italy educating visitors and locals alike about our community’s rich Italian history.

Attendees can savor authentic Italian and Sicilian cuisine from renowned local restaurants, complemented by a diverse selection of wines from Messina Hof Winery. The festival offers a myriad of activities for all ages, from live music and dance performances to a multi-court bocce ball tournament. Pasta-themed activities, storytime, and a pasta-eating contest also add to the family-friendly allure.

Proceeds from Festa Italiana continue to support Poggioreale in America’s College Scholarship program, reinforcing the festival’s commitment to fostering Italian heritage. As Festa Italiana enters its second year, it stands as a vibrant testament to the community’s passion for embracing and celebrating the unique cultural tapestry woven by Italian traditions.

Photo courtesy of Destination Bryan.