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Mercer County hosts Italian American Festival Sept. 23-25


The Italian American Festival of Mercer County is back for its 17th year with three days of days of great music, food, and fun…Italian-style. Opening at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Mercer County Park, the festival runs through Sunday, Sept. 25.

Created to share and celebrate all things Italian, the festival includes a food piazza; an Italian market with specialty products; a heritage pavilion with art, crafts and memorabilia; the indoor cultural theater with cultural presentations throughout the weekend; entertainment on two stages including national acts; amusement rides; bocce; children’s activities and the fireworks spectacular on Saturday.

Vendors include:

  • Mamma Rosa’s Restaurant
  • Pete’s Steak House
  • Gaetano’s Restaurant and Market
  • Station One Seafood
  • Buzzetta’s Festival Foods and Mobile Kitchen
  • Italian Peoples Bakery
  • Scala Bakery
  • Maddalena’s Cheesecake
  • Mannino’s Cannoli Express
  • DeLorenzo’s Pizza on the Go

Beer on tap will include Bud Light, the official festival beer, Birra Moretti, Shock Top, Goose Island IPA and Strongbow Cider.  Three varieties of wine from the award-winning Hopewell Valley Vineyards will be served.

The music, comedy and lecture line up includes:

  • Enrico Capuano & T-Rock
  • Tramps Like Us
  • The Greater Kensington String Band
  • Michael Amante
  • Holly Faris
  • Uncle Floyd Vivino
  • Rich Scannella
  • Gil ‘Bud’ Palmer and Lou Sciara
  • Boheme Opera NJ
  • Sonny Averona Jr.
  • Johnny “Bones” Cipparone
  • No Way Out
  • Penny and the Puppettes
  • Michael Riccards, Ph.D.
  • John Gowdy
  • Maria Verzilli
  • Thomas Frascella, Esq.

The festival will be open 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Friday, September 23; 12:00 noon to 11:00 pm on Saturday, September 24; and 12:00 noon to 9:30 pm on Sunday, September 25. Admission to the festival is $5.00. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted free compliments. Senior Citizens, 65 years of age and older, pay only $4.00. Convenient, on-site parking is free. The festival is a rain or shine event with plenty of covered areas for your comfort. Pets are not permitted. Complete details and schedules can be found at www.ItalianAmericanFestival.com. Contact the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association at 609-631-7544 or visit the Festival facebook page for the latest news.


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