The 10th Annual Festa Italiana kicks off tonight in Tampa's Ybor City with a wine tasting, and tomorrow night is Cinema Italiano! Saturday March 31st, things really get going in Ybor's Centennial Park and the Italian Club, with food, Bocce ball, and a homemade wine contest. Sunday begins with Palm Sunday services, and continues with more food, games, a car show (Italian, of course), and a grape stomping contest. There will also be a kids' area and a culture and genealogy area. You can find a complete schedule and maps on the Festa Italiana's website.
If you are wondering why an Italian festival in Ybor City(?), visit the L'Unione Italiana website for a quick overview. If you're feeling more scholarly, go to the library or your local bookstore for a copy of The Immigrant World of Ybor City: Italians and Their Latin Neighbors in Tampa, 1885-1985, by Gary R. Mormino and George E. Pozzetta.
There's a lot happening in Tampa this weekend with the start of regular season baseball and MacDill AirFest 2007, but come on out to Ybor for food and fun. If you stop by on Sunday, I'll see you there!