Second annual Italian Festival celebrates culture, food, arts

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Italian Festival is back and ready to transform Scottsdale's SouthBridge into an Italian piazza.

The festival will celebrate Italian culture on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22. The festivities begin on Saturday afternoon with Italian music, Italian wine tastings and Italian cuisines from over 10 local bistros.

Festivities will run from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be exhibits and shopping for hand crafted items and products. Visitors can watch cooking demonstrations and participate in "all you can eat" competitions. The festival will also feature dancing and live music from the Italian folk group La Ziarella from Benevento, a city in the Campania region of Italy.

There is a $10 entrance fee for the festival, and the fun is free for children under 12 as well as Veterans and Italian Association members

For more details, visit italianassociation.org or www.facebook.com/italianassociation.

Italian Festival

Saturday, March 21 – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, March 22 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SouthBridge in Old Town Scottsdale

italianassociation.org