Italian flavor about to Rome into Houston

September 16, 2012 by  

It is nearly time for the Italian Festival will take place at the University of St. Thomas. In traditional celebration, there will be a grape stomp, a pasta-eating contest, and a sidewalk chalk art competition.

Highlighting the festival will be the wine tasting and authentic cuisine experiences at the Taste of Italy Pavilion. The event is presented by the Italian Cultural and Community Center.

The Italian Festival dates back to its first event in 1978 which featured about a dozen booths offering pastries and homemade Italian food specialties. Of course, it would not be an Italian festival without plenty of wines to taste. 34 years later, the festival is the largest ethnic event in Houston, attracting thousands of residents and visitors annually.

Benefiting the Italian Cultural and Community Center, raffle tickets are now on sale via the festival website. The grand prize this year is a 2012 Fiat 400 Hatchback Lounge, with a value of over $21,000. The second prize is an arranged tour of Houston’s top restaurants, worth $1000. Third prize is a one-night stay at Hotel Granduca along with a brunch for two with a $625 value.

Cultural festivals of this nature often depend on printing companies to assist in providing print services to help promote the event. Banner and poster printing is quite common for such events. Posters can be mounted throughout the city to advertise the festival, while banners may be placed throughout the festival to help direct and draw attention to special areas.

With the festival scheduled for October 11 – 14, the event has its own website with more information.