Get ready for a day of great eating, dancing and helping a wonderful cause!
Ever dream of going to Italy and tasting all the wonderful and authentic Italian food such as Italian meatballs, flavorful lasagna and delectable cannoli’s? Save yourself the long airplane ride and bring Italy’s finest to you right here in Huntington! The Italiano Italian Festival will return for the 3rd year on Saturday, August 19th from 12pm-8pm, in downtown Huntington between 8th and 10th streets of 4th Avenue.
The event continues to grow and get even better each year celebrating all thing Italian; dancing, heritage, colors and food! The event is to benefit Facing Hunger Food Bank located in Huntington, WV, and is proudly presented by Cabell Huntington Hospital. The Headlining Musical Act will be “The Diamonds.” This is a fantastic free entertainment family event that everyone can enjoy. Various local food vendors will be set-up offering only Italian based cuisine for purchase at the event.
West Virginia has a strong history of Italian Heritage; by 1910 there were more than 17,000 Italian immigrants in the state. These immigrants quickly showed they had the work ethic, self-sacrificing and frugal living lifestyle to adapt and contribute to the state of West Virginia and overall American way of life. Their many accomplishments and additions to our state is what we celebrate along with all things Italian at this great event!
The event was developed to support Facing Huger Food Bank in Huntington, WV. Their mission is to feed hungry people through the distribution of nutritious food through the pantry and agency network. The overall goal is to see this area become one where no person has to go hungry. The organization is affiliated with Feeding America and currently has 226 agencies throughout the state of West Virginia in 12 different counties while also having agencies in Ohio and Kentucky. In 2016 Facing Hunger Foodbank distributed 5.8 million pounds of foods and goods to individuals in our area. Money raised from the Italian Festival will go to support the Backpack Programming through the Food Bank.
Cabell Huntington Hospital is proud to support this great event and organization that is doing so much to help those in need throughout our community.
“By working together as a community, we can help battle hunger,” said Kevin Fowler, President and CEO of Cabell Huntington Hospital. “Our partnership with the food bank has generated awareness that to eliminate hunger, we all must get involved. We encourage everyone to attend the Italian Festival and enjoy a great day for a great cause.“
Be sure to mark your calendar for Italian Festival 2017 as this is an event you don’t want to miss! For more information and to keep up with the latest on the event follow it on Facebook or visit Facing Hunger Food Bank for more details.