[COLUMBUS-OH] The 38th Annual Columbus Italian Festival comes to town October 6-8 serving a large helping of cold-pressed, Italian heritage. This is a weekend full of great traditions including the enjoyment of fine Italian cuisine from local vendors, tours of the historic St. John the Baptist Church, authentic music, dance and a spirited parade through Italian Village.
“As Columbus continues to grow, we gain the privilege of hosting impressive, dynamic events and celebrations, such as this year’s Columbus Italian Festival,” said Councilmember Michael Stinziano.
Admission is $5. Children 12 and under are free.
This year, in partnership with Greater Columbus Sister Cities International, the Columbus Italian Festival will also host the regional semifinal of the World Pesto Championship. The City’s regional winner will receive airfare and lodging to Genoa, Italy to represent Columbus in the Genoa Pesto World Championship on March 18, 2018.
“We are thrilled to bring the regional semi-finals to Columbus,” said Tim Sword, President of Greater Columbus Sister Cities International. “Thanks to the long-standing sister city relationship between Columbus and Genoa, we are able to bring this unique opportunity to our community.”
“I am so excited about the addition of the Pesto competition. It showcases our place on the culinary stage,” said Council President Pro Tem Priscilla Tyson.
Tyson is one of the judges for the Pesto competition.
Located at Hamlet and E. Lincoln streets, between Summit and N. Fourth streets, the Columbus Italian Festival celebrates Italian-American culture. Festival hours are Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 12-11pm and Sunday 11am-7pm.