Sunday, June 22, 2014
We got there just before the crowds on the opening day of the event, so we were able to walk around and get a lay of the land before the crowds arrived. On the food front, we started off with a refreshing Leinenkugel Summer Shandy and a slice of pizza while taking everything in...later moving on to some chicken parm sandwiches before topping everything off with some homemade gelato. On the activity side, we saw a string band as well as an orchestra accompanied by a Choral group in the actual church.
I think they have been doing the festival for about 30 years now, so they really have it down to a science on how to turn the church grounds into a festival. The surrounding neighborhood was also decorated with Italian flags and banners, so while I am sure parking is a bit of challenge for the church's residential neighbors during the week long event, it seems they embrace the spirit of the event.