Festa 2021 is planned for June 25-27 at Oaks Amuzement Park
Check back with us for FREE Virtural presentations with Auctions and Raffles as Fundraisers.
Virtual Events free
Our next virtual event will feature Bocce.
Join us Saturday, May 22nd at 10am.
Featuring: Mario Pompei
He will include an introduction to the game and team participation. It will be streamed live from Club Paesano/Cedarville Park.
The event will also include raffle prizes and a wall of wine.
We are accepting bottles of wine donations for the wall of wine. If you are interested, please email or call Anna Salanti (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Frank Cook (email@example.com) to arrange delivery or pickup. 503-977-2660 landline
feb 20th, AT 7pm. Andrea Scasso, host of the Italian Hour on KBOO radio, will talk and present some contemporary popular Italian music, starting from the Neapolitan tradition of the Festa di Piedigrotta, the Music Festival of San Remo of the '50s all the way to today.
The Portland Opera and Italian Christmas Music.
Christmas in Italy is a fundraising event for our 30th Festa in june. Please bid on auction items or the wall of wine raffle.
From Italy! We are selling Olive Oil, Vinegar, Pesto, Hazelnut spreads and several other items. These items are from a coop in liguria that has reclaimed abandoned Olive and Hazelnut groves, great for gifts or to use for yourself!
october 31st, at 7pm
Our second Virtual Event.
Grazie mille to Porfessor Cavalli for putting together a very interesting presentation!
Italian immigration to the Pacific Northwest.
The speaker: Professor Joe Cavalli,
Professor Joe Cavalli in his 28th year of teaching has taught overseas in Rome, Florence, Zagreb and The Kingdom of Bahrain for ten years. Taught at Clark (College) for 14years and taught at the University of Maryland College Park as an adjunct for two years. The“presentation will be no more than 35 minutes, and 20-25 minutes for questions and discussion.
The assistance of the Oregon Historical Society has been invaluable. Because of their generosity and that of the Pacific Historical Review at Portland State University: Toll, William. "Ethnicity and Stability: The Italians and Jews of South Portland, 1900-1940" Pacific Historical Review 54:2 (May 1985), 161-189. will add additional information for Professor Cavalli’s presentation.
SUPPORT THE FESTA WITH A DONATION!
(a 501 c3 non profit org.)
If you make a donation please send us an email at with your contact information. Grazie
Fred Meyer offers Community Rewards to the Festa. Help us, you will not loose your rewards.
When you purchase on Amazon go to smile.amazon.com. Earmark Festa Italiana Association Inc as your charity at the top of the page. The Festa will get credit for your purchases.
our first live virtual event from italy was on September 19th:
Guest speaker: Mario Dodici, Co-op President, live from Italy. A former Portland resident and U.S. citizen, Mario returned to his homeland and was elected President of the local co-op. For the past seven years, they have been reclaiming abandoned olive groves giving hope to local farmers. For the past three years, their olive oil has won prizes throughout the region.
Our June 2021 Festa has been cancelled. We hope to have a Festa at Oaks Park in the future. No dates have been set yet!
Remo Minato passed away on October 30th. Many of you know he loved Festa Italiana and attended our event many times with his family. He worked hard as a volunteer, helping promote Festa Italiana. Remo was a member of Italian groups, bocce player and happy to tell you that his family came from Pagnano di Asolo in the Veneto region of Italy. He will be missed! Deepest condolences to his family.
Remo was 90 years old. Obituary is in Sunday, 11/8 OREGONIAN
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2020 vintage has arrived
We are selling Olive Oil from Liguria, Italy. Order your Award Winning Olive Oil from Northern Italian Coop FRANTOIO OLEARIO.
This is a fundraiser for Festa Italiana.
Festa Italiana events are cancelled for 2020 but we are having virtual events most likely monthly!
Dear Friends and Supporters:
On behalf of the Festa Italiana Association, its board and committee members, it is with deep regret that I must announce that we are cancelling the 2020 Festa Italiana.
Our Festa is a labor of love requiring us to ask much of our committee members, volunteers, sponsors, donors, and vendors. After careful consideration, our committee determined that it would be wrong to ask our friends and supporters to once again make the sacrifices necessary to put on our celebration when so
many individuals and businesses in our local community are struggling.
More importantly, we determined that we could not, in good conscience, ask you to come join in our celebration when we could not ensure that we could do so safely. At times like this, we need to look out for one another and no celebration, no matter how beloved, is worth putting health and safety in jeopardy.
But please know this, the Festa Italiana will be back! We are hard at work planning for our 30th anniversary celebration next summer!
We are looking forward to moving the Festa Italiana to its new home at Oaks Park and celebrating with you for many years to come. Our committee is encouraged by your overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic response to the move to Oaks Park and our family-oriented plans for revitalizing our celebration. Despite this temporary setback, the enthusiasm and passion of our committee is undiminished and we all look forward to making our 2021 Festa Italiana the best we’ve ever had.
We are also exploring the possibility of a smaller festival some time later this summer or possibly in the springtime of 2021 if the circumstances allow. So please keep an eye on or Facebook page and website for more details.
As we move forward towards next summer, we can always use more folks to help on the committee. If you have a bit of time and some enthusiasm, we would love to have you come join us. We also welcome any donation you might be able to spare. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so your gift is tax deductible.
We appreciate your continued support and we look forward to having you all come to our 30th Anniversary celebration next summer.
Edward L. Ferrero, President.