2014 Little Italy Street Fest: A Taste of Italy

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When: Saturday, September 6, 2014 Where: Little Italy, North Jay Street, Schenectady NY COST: FREE ADMISSION
A taste of Italy right in the heart of Schenectady!

Introducing the 9th Annual Schenectady Little Italy Street Fest: A Taste of Italy! Featuring some of Schenectady's most well-known Italian bakeries, restaurants, pastry and spumoni shops; the fest is set for Saturday September 6th 2014 from 12 noon – 9:00pm.

These legends of North Jay Street will be featuring classic Italian favorites that our community has come to know and love for over 90 years. Here's a sneak peek at some of the great food that will be available:

 Babcia's Kitchen at JoJo's: Sausage & peppers, hot dogs & hamburgers and more  Civitello's: Famous Italian lemon-ice made from their nearly 100-year-old secret recipe, gelato, cavatelli & meatballs, sausage and peppers, zeppole, rice balls, calzones, eggplant sandwiches, fried dough, fresh squeezed lemonade, Italian pastries and cookies.

 Cornell's: Traditional favorites: calamari, minestra (beans & greens), rigatoni Bolognese, draft beer and Italian and domestic wines.

 More Perecca's: Specially crafted Italian beer & Gianni Russo wines, fresh cut peaches & wine, fresh & tart lemon ice, strong homemade coffee gelato, Italian pastries, homemade rice balls, eggplant, sausage & peppers, steak sandwiches, and ziti & meatballs.

 Perecca's Bakery: Famous Italian bread, greens and beans, steak sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, pasta fagiloi, tomato pie and pastries.

 Saw Mill Tavern: Italian drink specials

Besides great food the fest will also feature non-stop live entertainment from some of the area's favorite bands. The Main Stage will feature classic favorites from Grand Central Station from 12:00pm -
2:30pm and the party continues with hits from Happy Daze between 3:00pm-5:00pm and from 6:30pm-
9:00pm with Capri Band.
The South Stage will feature Joe Sinatra, singing your favorite Italian tunes and the fest also welcomes back Ed Clifford "The Human Jukebox" who performs vocal impressions of over 30 legendary singers.

The event also features over 20 craft vendors with a wide variety of booths offering local wines, fresh cut flowers, caricatures, decorated glassware and more. Visitors may also enjoy games and raffles.

Italian novelties and souvenirs face painting, hair braiding with Italian tri-colored ribbons, and chair massages will be offered at Kristin's Terme On Jay. Hand beaded Italian themed jewelry will be available at Little Italy's newest boutique, KC Creations Jewelry.

The annual fest also features The Italian Cultural Tent sponsored by the Rossi & Ditoro Funeral Home. The tent features crafts for children including making Venetian Carnival Masks and Italian colored necklaces and a homemade wine contest. Exhibits of Italian heritage and exhibitry by the Sons of Italy, the American Italian Heritage Museum, and Laziali Nel Mondo will also be in the Italian Cultural Tent.

How Do I Get To North Jay Street?
Schenectady's Little Italy on North Jay St. is located off the north side of Union Street between the 400 & 500 blocks. It is two blocks east of Erie Blvd. Rain or shine, the fest will be taking place. Visitors may bring their lawn chairs. Admission to the festival area is free; parking is in nearby lots, on adjacent streets, and at Price Chopper Corporate Headquarters, 461 Nott Street. Be sure to check us out on
Facebook! Those interested in public transportation may call 482-8822 for bus routes or visit www.cdta.org.

Special thanks to our local sponsors for their support! Thank you to Schenectady County for awarding Little Italy a CIP grant to help fund the fest. Without their support, the fest would not be possible and we truly appreciate their commitment to the community and Little Italy.

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