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BR A N D AV E. ST U DIOS CON T EN T

The 2019 Collinsville, Illinois Italian Fest

challenges you to channel your inner

Italian

By Sarah Gerrein, Brand Ave. Studios Contributing Writer

or 36 years, Italian Fest has brought F thousands to Main Street in Collinsville, Illinois to celebrate the city’s Italian culture and heritage. The twoday festival features Italian food from over 30 vendors, a children’s area and fun activities for the whole family. Live music plays on two stages, while the local community puts on a showcase of fun and food. Enjoy Italian fare, including favorites such as toasted ravioli, spedini, Italian beef, bagna cauda, spumoni and cannoli. Wash it down with a nice glass of wine from the wine garden. Activities for the weekend include the popular grape stomp. For centuries, grapes were picked by hand and grape stomping was the method used to extract the juice to make wine. Today, most countries have replaced grape stomping with mechanical processing. Come ready to cheer on teams of novice stompers. Fairgoers can feel good about all of the Italian food and drink they are

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consuming by participating in the 5K run/walk on Saturday morning. The course is flat and stretches through the quaint, residential areas of uptown Collinsville. This year’s run/walk theme is “Channel your Inner Italian.” If running or walking isn’t your style, take part in the annual Bocce Ball tournament on Saturday morning. Also known as Italian lawn bowling, it’s one of the oldest backyard games around. The game is simple and can be played by all ages and skill levels. Later in the day on Saturday is the always-popular Italian Fest parade. This year’s theme is “All Things Italian.” ITALIAN FILM EXHIBIT This year’s Italian exhibition reaches far across the ocean to shine a spotlight on Pellegrino Artusi, Italy’s famed “Father of Italian Cuisine.” Still popular in Italy and kitchens around the world, Artusi’s cookbook was a gift to the people,

reflecting their traditions and culture. The exhibit is open September 1 through October 15 at the Collinsville Memorial Public Library. STRENGTHENING THE COMMUNITY The Italian Fest is sponsored by the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce. The proceeds from the festival help bolster the local community, as well as several projects for local organizations. Volunteers work the booths on behalf of local civic organizations and charities. Italian Fest is a place where friends reconnect, a community is strengthened, civic groups raise funds and memories are made. Celebrate Italian Fest and follow the smell of authentic Italian food to Collinsville on September 20-21, 2019 on Main Street. *** This content was produced by Brand Ave. Studios in collaboration with the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce. The news and editorial departments of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had no role in its creation or display. For more information about Brand Ave. Studios, contact tgriffin@stltoday.com.

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ITALIAN FEST 2019 EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 11:30 A.M. OPENING CEREMONIES - Venezia Stage 12:00 P.M. GRAPE STOMP - Venezia Stage 12:00 P.M. DJ OB - Milano Stage 2:30 P.M. MATT POWELL - Venezia Stage 5:30 P.M. GRACEFULLY YOURS DANCE ACADEMY – Milano Stage 7:00 P.M. JOHNNY ROCK-ITT & THE DOUBLE WIDE SYMPHONY - Venezia Stage 7:00 P.M. SHOTGUN CREEK - Milano Stage SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 8:00 A.M. 5K RUN/WALK - Corner of Clay & Clinton 10:00 A.M. BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT (Registration begins at 9 a.m.) – Glidden Park 11:00 A.M. MISS AND MR. PAGEANT - Venezia Stage 11:00 A.M. LIQUID DOLL - Milano Stage 12:30PM METRO KRAV MAGA & KICKBOXING - Venezia Stage 1:30 P.M. SCOTT MARLIN - Venezia Stage 3:00 P.M. BURGUNDY LANE - Milano Stage 4:00 P.M. ITALIAN FEST PARADE - Begins at Hesperia and Main Street 7:00 P.M. CHAMPAGNE FIXX - Milano Stage 7:00 P.M. DIRTY MUGGS - Venezia Stage

SEMINARY STREET Spirito’s The Italian Store

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Hurricane’s

Dean’s Liquor

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Miner’s Theatre Antiques & Accents by Vadna

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Friday’s South

*All related events are held at the Collinsville Memorial Public Library

PLATINO SPONSORS GREY EAGLE DISTRIBUTORS KOERNER DISTRIBUTORS

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TOKEN BOOTH

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Miner’s Institute Foundation/ Old Herald • Italian Soda • Bruschetta

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Shriner’s Funnel Cakes • Fried Pickles • Jalapeños

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Sunrise Kiwanis Bagna Cauda

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Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Cheesecake

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Knights of Columbus Italian Beef Sandwich

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Kim’s Ice Cream & Dippin Dots Dippin Dots Ice Cream

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Face Paint Smiles Face Painting • Henna • Temporary Tattoos

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Mother of Perpetual Help Beef Spedini • Spumoni • Lemonade

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Jr. Service Club Toasted Ravioli • Wine Raffle Basket

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Fairview Heights Elks Homemade Sicilian Sausage

Sloan’s Pub House

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Kahok Wrestling • Rigatoni

Biegert’s Art Gallery

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Cub Scout Pack 48 Cross Bow Shoot • Nickel Table • Duck Pond

Biegert’s Jewelry

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DP Gifts Sandy Candy • Light-Ups • Inflatables

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PORTA POTTIES

Chamber Beer Stand

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McDill’s • Wings • Involtini

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Boy Scout Troop 48 Marco’s Pizza • Pink Lemonade

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D&T Kettle Corn • Kettle Corn • Pork Rinds Pretzels • Cotton Candy • Cheese Fries

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Mouvement Dance Theatre • Cannoli

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Good Shepherd Italian Chicken Breast Sandwich

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Pirates Baseball • Salsiccia Sausage

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Noonday Lion’s Club Calzone • Hot Dog • Italian Soda

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Café Agape Chicken Parmesan • Italian Brats

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Collinsville Rotary Meatball Sub • Coca Cola

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Sugar Daddy’s Lemonade Italian Burger • Hot Dog Squeezed Lemonade/Limeade

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Jim’s Pawn Shop

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Metro Krav Maga

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CHS Band • Stuffed Pasta Shells

Mattea Law Office

Who Dat’s Uncle Dave’s Mattresses & Stuff

Randy’s House of BBQ Pulled Pork & Chicken

Mungo’s Restaurant • Lasagna • Salad

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Tivano Catering Lobster/Crawfish Arancini Eggplant Parmesan • Garlic Parmesan Fries

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London Shoe Shop

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14 Mungo’s

PRESENTED BY COLLINSVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Rich’s Record Emporium

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ITALIAN FILM FEST: SEPT. 19 AT 6 P.M. Francesco Prisco’s “Bob & Marys”. Enjoy Free Gelato courtesy of Spirito’s

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RELATED EVENTS ITALIAN FEST EXHIBIT: SEPT. 1 - OCT. 15 “Cooking Italian with Artusi and Area Chefs”

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Viviano Heating & Air

WINE GARDEN CLINTON STREET Dollar General

Chamber of Commerce

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Revive Assembly of God Caprese Salad • Gelato Strawberry Lemonade • Flavored Tea

HOSPITALITY TENT

VENEZIA STAGE

Collier Appraisers

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RECYCLE BIN

PRIVATE PARKING

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Italian Fest Souvenirs

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Collinsville Jaycees • Big 6 Wheel Game

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Italian American Club Fried Stuffed Olives • Mozzarella Tortellini • 50/50

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Cub Scout Pack 4093 • Soda

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Boy Scout Troop 30 Steak Kabob • Corn Dog • Lemon Shakeup

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CMS Band • Papa John’s Pizza

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Metro Krav Maga & Kickboxing Bean Bag Toss • 50/50 Drawing

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Raiders Football Football Toss • Pictures • Raffle

Map provided by Collinsville Chamber of Commerce

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