Feast Of Italy - Abacoa 2014
FEAST OF LITTLE ITALY RETURNS WITH THREE-DAY JAUNT INTO ‘LA DOLCE VITA’
The Italians are coming and they’re not just bringing an extravagant amount of food and wine to South Florida, but also three days full of music, art, culture and much more.
JUPITER, FL (November, 2014) – The annual Feast of Little Italy, now in its twelfth year, and presented by Arrigo Fiat, returns to the Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter, Florida on November 7, 8 and 9th. This celebration of the very best of Italian culture draws thousands of visitors who will enjoy over 150 booths featuring everything from traditional Italian food to jewelry and home furnishings.
This year there will also be over 15 large amusement rides and games and the Little Smiles Kids Zone. Over the last decade the Feast has drawn attention to various local and national nonprofit organizations and also contributed over $100,000 in direct and in-kind donations to these charities. The Feast's Official charity is Little Smiles, a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides assistance to kids in local hospitals, hospices, shelters and similar facilities.
This year, for the first time, Galbani Cheese, Golden Cannoli Shells Company and the Feast will make an official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest cannoli ever made. According to Guinness, the largest to-date in the world weighed in at 123 pounds and the Feast will be looking to exceed that in weight and length.
Festivities run all day and begin when the gate opens. Following are some of this year’s highlights.
Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms (Fri | Nov 7 | 8pm) –Nationally recognized, popular eight man Italian and Italian American variety band playing traditional Italian favorites, like the Tarantella, and pop culture hits.
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap (Sat | Nov 8 | 8pm) - One of the most successful musical groups of the sixties with such hits as, “Young Girl” and “Woman Woman.”
Franco Corso (Sat | Nov 8 | 5:30pm and Sun | Nov 9 | 4:30pm) – Recognized as the “Voice of Romance,” this Italian singer, from Ventimiglia, Italy, is a favorite of the ladies.
Sal Richards (Sun | Nov 9 | 6pm) – Dubbed “One of the funniest guys in showbiz,” by New York’s Daily News, Richard’s, an actor, comedian and singer, delights audiences with his characterizations of famous singers.
CELEBRITIES AND VIPs
Sal Richards – Event Grand Marshall
Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki and Jason Pennington from WMRF’s “Kevin, Virginia and Jason Show”
Jennifer Ross from Sunny 107.9FM
The Galbani Celebrity Cheese Building for Charity- Be sure to come out on Sunday and support local celebrities from TV, radio and other venues as they compete in stacking string cheese to benefit their charities of choice.
FOOD & WINE/DEMOS/CONTESTS
Costello’s Pizza Eating Contest (Sat | Nov 8 | 2:30pm) Galbani’s Celebrity Cheese Building Contest (Sun | Nov 9 | 1pm)
World’s Largest Cannoli/Guinness World Record Attempt with Galbani Cheese (Sun | Nov 9 | 2pm)
Costello’s Lasagna Eating Contest (Sun | Nov 9 | 2:30pm)
Galbani La Cucina Italiana -Celebrity Chef, Marco Sciortino from the hit TV show "Come Dine With Me" will be demonstrating all weekend.
ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN
COPA/Youth Italian Dance Tour (Sat | Nov 8 | 3pm and Sun | Nov 9 | 3:30pm) – Youth perform traditional Italian dances.
Kid’s Galbani Cheese Building Contest (Sat | Nov 8 | 1:30pm)
Little Smiles Kids Zone- Face Painting, games and fun – All three days
For the full entertainment schedule for the 2014 Feast, please visit: http://feastoflittleitaly.com/Entertainment/
ATTEMPT AT WORLD’S LARGEST CANNOLO TO TAKE PLACE NOVEMBER 9 AT JUPITER’S FEAST OF LITTLE ITALY
JUPITER, FL (October 23, 2014) – An official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest cannolo ever made will take place on Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. at the annual Feast of Little Italy at the Abacoa Town Center in Jupiter, FL. The current official Guinness database reflects a cannolo made in 2010 in Newburgh, NY that weighed in at 123 pounds. However, in July of this year, a bakery in Ontario, Canada prepared a cannolo that weighed in at 211 pounds and is currently under consideration by the Guinness organization. For this attempt, to surpass both, the team will assemble a cannolo that weighs 300 pounds and will be 12 feet in length.
The record attempt will involve three organizations coordinating efforts across three states. In addition to the team for Feast of Little Italy in Jupiter, Lactalis American Group, Inc. makers of Galbani Cheese, headquartered in Buffalo, NY, will supply 500 pounds of ricotta cheese. The Golden Cannoli Shells Company of Boston, MA will supply 200 pounds of dough for the cannolo shell. During the assembly, team members will be armed with over 100 bags of cannoli filling. Prior to final assembly, the cannolo shell dough will be mixed and fried in and shipped from Boston.
Jessica Ruth, spokesperson for Lactalis American Group, Inc. makers of Galbani Cheese, a company that has sponsored Feast of Little Italy since it began 12 years ago, said, “There’s a great deal of preparation involved with this and we’ve been working on it for the past five months. It’s going to take a lot of manpower and an equal amount of care to be sure that we achieve the record.”
The tri-state cannolo assembly team consists of over 60 members that have helped prepare the ingredients in advance of the actual record attempt date. On that day, however, there will be “Team Cannoli,” consisting of 20 people who will handle everything from prepping the pastry bags to handling and filling them and finally working together to weigh the ultimate product.
A Guinness representative will be onsite to certify the record.
Note: “Cannolo” in the Italian language is the singular form of “Cannoli.”