You Had Me at Cannoli! Come on out to LIADO’s 14th Annual San Gennaro Festa on February 17th & 18th!
Let’s be honest here, it’s all about the food. I’m not talking about just any food; I’m talking about Italian food. LIADO’s San Gennaro Festa is jam packed with all of the wonderful Italian delights that you know, love and long for. Want to enjoy all of those favorites in one place? Then it’s safe to say that you should probably mark your calendar for LIADO’s 14th Annual San Gennaro Festa. Your first stop will want to be at LIADO’s La Cucina, where you’ll enjoy olives, cheese, bread, cannoli, pizzelle and wine. But don’t stop there. You won’t want to miss the meatballs made with love by the ladies of LIADO, zeppole, and other mouthwatering Italian creations! This delicious event, centered on Italian heritage, is part street fair with vendors to delight your every shopping whim, part culinary treat, and part dance party! Of course, they’ll let you in, even if you can’t dance the Tarantella! Guests can expect to enjoy live music all weekend with entertainment by amazing bands including The Black Honkeys on Saturday night, which has quite a local following, and Joey Dee and the Starliters of “ Peppermint Twist” fame on Sunday night.
Dance, Sing & Eat Italian-Style! It’s Festa Time!
Held on Saturday and Sunday, the 18th and 19th of February at the Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, LIADO’s San Gennaro Festa is a hearty nod to the Feast of San Gennaro, which brings over a million people to New York’s Little Italy each year. The entire Festa centers around San Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, Italy who was martyred for his faith. Italians who first came to this country, gathered together to celebrate, pray, and party in his name. And that celebration continues every year in many corners of the world. Luckily for us, we can simply join the Italians and Italian-enthusiasts from all over the world to take part in the festivities and support a few great causes at the same time.
More than just food that is delicioso, if that’s even possible, LIADO’s San Gennaro Festa is a charitable event produced and hosted by LIADO, The Italian-American Women of Today. 100% of net proceeds benefit the LIADO Scholarship Program and local charities such as The Alzheimer’s Association of Florida (Gulf Coast Chapter), Children’s Cancer Center, One Voice Foundation (Children’s Cancer Research Group at USF), Autism Speaks and many others. To date, LIADO has awarded $154,000 to deserving students of Italian descent who are dedicated to furthering their education.
In addition to the delectable food and the upbeat entertainment, the San Gennaro Festa will offer a museum that features highlights from Italian heritage, information about supporting and joining LIADO, and the opportunity to meet some of the amazing ladies who have worked so hard to put this exciting event together.
So, who is this amazing organization that organizes a street fair that would make a saint proud? LIADO, The Italian-American Women of Today (Le Italo-Americane di Oggi), is a local nonprofit 501(c) 3 group of women who have a simple but powerful goal to preserve the Italian heritage and to pass it down to the younger generations, while giving charitably to the community. Of course, they have a whole lot of fun in the meantime. When they aren’t planning a Festa and cooking for thousands, they share recipes, camaraderie, friendship, and a love of the cultural and family history that binds them all together.
Become a Part of the Excitement, the Tradition and the Community by Joining LIADO!
LIADO, which began in 1993 with just a few members, is the only 100-percent Italian women’s organization of its kind in Florida. Offering two meeting places to accommodate its members, one in Safety Harbor and the other in New Port Richey, LIADO balances fun and friendship with a clear focus on education and cultural preservation. Meeting monthly to discuss a variety of topics that range from cooking demonstrations, to genealogy research, and the viewing of historical documentaries, when you join LIADO, you’ll be welcomed like family. If you’re an Italian-American who would love to know more about your culture, and make a few dozen friends at the same time, join LIADO, for the women there do far more than create a Festa, they share their hearts of gold with the community.
In the meantime, make your plans now to come to LIADO’S San Gennaro Festa on February 17th and 18th in Safety Harbor! Cash admission is only $6 per person, and children 12 and under are free! Don’t forget to bring some cash for the cannoli, because it’s time to party Italian-style!
The 14th Annual San Gennaro Festa will be held on Saturday, February 17th from 12-10 p.m., and Sunday February 18th from 12-7 p.m. at the Safety Harbor Waterfront Park, at 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Children 12 and under are free, and tickets for adults are just $6. All for a great cause, LIADO’s San Gennaro Festa will be held rain or shine!
If you’d like to know more about becoming a member of LIADO, visit www.liado.net.