Festa Italiana Activities

June 12, 2022 /

Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
10 AM - 5 PM

At Festa Italiana!, you’ll get to experience a wide range of Italian culture. 

Enjoy live entertainment from musicians, savor tasty bites in the food court, sip some of the finest local wines, enjoy pizza pie tossing demonstrations, judge homemade sauce recipes, and take your bambinis to the kids zone for interactive projects. 

Wine Sip & Olive Oil Dip

Strolling and tasting is encouraged … with stops throughout the pavillion, stroll with your friends to sip savory wines and dip into rich olive oils. Buy your wine tasting tickets at the ticket booth outside the pavillion. 

Sponsored by 5 Star Marina

Boss of the Sauce Contest

Think you have a recipe that could earn you the Boss of the Sauce title? Come out to judge for only $5! Purchase your judging ticket at the ticket booth outside the pavilion. Sauce judging takes place from 1:00 – 3:00 pm!

Sponsors: Collins Electrical Company and Pietro’s Trattoria

Special Thanks to: Bruno’s Peppers and Genova Bakery

Cooking Demonstration

Celebrated Chefs (Italian and non-Italian) throughout the region will be demonstrating their Italian food preparation skills at the Cooking Demonstration Stage.

We have also added demonstrations on preparing Italian cocktails, and a segment on cooking with olive oil.

Italian Mercado Sponsor: Bull BBQ

Pizza Pie Tossing Demonstrations

Come to the Celebrity Chef Cooking Area to enjoy pizza pie tossing entertainment while learning how to bake a pizza in a pizza oven.

Sponsored by Collins Electrical Company

Bambini Zone

Children, clowns, dance troupes, accordion players and entertainers will enchant the bambinis throughout the day! Interactive Italian art projects, games and activities will delight children of all ages.

Bambini Zone Sponsor: RPM Company

Bambini Stage Sponsor: Adventist Health Lodi Memorial

Italian Mercato and Food Court

Shop in the Mercato for all things Italian – from gifts to antiques to apparel. Grab a bite to eat in the food court, where you’ll find all the best local Italian grub!

Italian Mercado Sponsor: Dameron Hospital

Italian History Display

Displaying local Italian History, the Pacific Italian Alliance is putting together a beautiful display of photos, historic stories and books by Italians, about Italians and other interesting tidbits.

Sponsor: Port of Stockton

Automobili Italian Auto Show

Beautiful Italian automobiles or beautiful automobiles owned by Italians is the only criteria to enter this show – plus a $35.00 entry fee per vehicle.

Sponsors: Watts Equipment & Panella Trucking

Italian Art

Sponsored by Pacific Coast Supply


Throughout the festival, Plein Air Painters will be capturing the look, feel and emotion of the day’s festivities.


Enjoy the captivating art of street painting. Artists are invited to participate with areas available for children and adults alike!


You’ll be sure to marvel at the beautiful flower petal art carpeting the streets of Festa Italiana!

Bocce Ball

Bocce Ball will be available for everyone to give it a try! Free lessons for all.

Sponsor: BAC Community Bank

Salami Toss

Test your aim in the traditional salami toss, where you will throw potatoes at hanging salami! Such fun!

Sponsor: OG Packing/Grower Direct Marketing