25th annual Italian Fest ends today

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – The three-day Italian Food Festival wraps up today, meaning for a few more hours everyone can still be Italian at the Italian-American Civic Association in the area of US 1 and Aviation Boulevard.

The event offers free parking and admission and plenty Italian treats sure to tantalize. On the menu are cannoli, sausage and peppers, tripe and zeppoli.

“This is our rallying cry,” club president Anthony Aversa said in a club newsletter, adding that the festival serves as the club’s main source of income for the following year. The proceeds also help to fund the group’s scholarship program and other non-profit groups. Food tickets are on sale for $1 each, which can be used to purchase the various dishes.

Along with tons of pasta, pizza and sweet treats for the taking, the club also has music and dance for visitors’ enjoyment.

Entertainers lined up include the Indian River Charter High School Jazz Band, Deja Vue, Reckoning and the Bobby Owen Band.

The festival will run 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free parking is available at various locations within walking distance, including at the County Administration complex, the Garden Club, the Veterans Club, and the Newport Club.

The Italian Food Festival will also benefit several non-profit groups, including the American Red Cross, VNA Hospice, St. Francis Manor, andthe Sun Up Center.


On the Menu


Pasta Fagioli






Sausage and Peppers

Eggplant Parmesan


Escarole and Beans

Specialty Pastas

Fish Salad

Cheese Steak Hoagies


Stuffed Peppers



Meatball Subs


Entertainment Schedule


2-3:30 p.m. – Alita/Jackson Band

4-6 p.m. – Bobby Owen Band


County Office Building – 25th Street at 17th Avenue

Newport Club – 25th Street at 16th Avenue

Veterans Club – 12th Street at 15th Avenue

Garden Club – 2526 17th Avenue

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