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The Vendemmia Italian Wine Festival Returns to Wilmington

Post Date:09/10/2019 4:30 PM

Annual wine, food and music event will be held on Sunday, October 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the City’s Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park

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Mayor Mike Purzycki announced today that the Vendemmia Italian Wine Festival, which began in Wilmington in 2003, is returning to the City next month after a four-year absence. The Mayor was joined today by Festival Organizer Ciro Poppiti and Festival Chairperson Steve Silicato to announce that Vendemmia Italian Wine Festival will return to its original home—Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park—on Sunday, October 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets to the event, which will be held rain or shine, are $60 or a table of 10 for $500, and can be purchased at

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome back the Vendemmia Italian Wine Festival to Wilmington, where it belongs,” said Mayor Purzycki. “This event is a celebration of the local Italian community and its proud heritage and culture. The festival features wine, food, music, and dancing that everyone has come to appreciate and will enjoy again next month. My thanks to the Italian American Foundation and the DaVinci Society for bringing the festival back home.

Ciro Poppiti, who is also New Castle County Register of Wills, and Steve Silacato, who is known for his wonderful singing voice and lively, energetic performances throughout the region, said today that the Wilmington Vendemmia Italian Wine Festival will offer attendees a glorious fall afternoon featuring lots of Italian food and wine. Festival goers will enjoy samplings of wines from throughout Italy and food from vendors such as Sitaly, Café Pomodoro, Café Riviera, La Pizzeria Metro, Nicola Pizza, Serpe’s Bakery, Talluto's, La Casa Pasta and Olevano olive oil.

Bob Trostel, executive vice-president of Breakthru Beverage Delaware, will be honored.  Beer mega-star Sam Calagione will be making a special presentation to Mr. Trostel.  As a nice tie-in, the Festival will also feature a Dogfish Head beer garden. Led by Wilmington Ballet, The Vendemmia Italian Wine Festival will attempt to set a world record for the most people participating in the tarantella dance.  The tarantella is a traditional Italian celebratory line dance.

Entertainment includes the swinging sounds of Steve Silicato and the classical arias of renowned mezzo soprano Andrea Arena. And, as in past years, there will be an Italian sauce competition and homemade wine competition.  The competitions will be professionally judged and awarded.

The event is sponsored by the Delaware Italian American Foundation, a 501(c)3 not for profit.  All proceeds will be spent locally in grants for at-risk youth and educational initiatives.  The grant process will be overseen the Societa` da Vinci.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  For more information about the 2019 Vendemmia Italian Wine Festival, contact Steve Silicato at (610) 592-4285.

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Mayor Purzycki announces the return of the Vendemmia Italian Wine Festival to Wilmington.

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Mayor Purzycki and Ciro Poppiti toast the addition of another festival to the city.

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