Annual Italian Fest transforms Scottsdale into Little Italy

The Italian Festival will be March 19-20. (submitted photo)

The Italian Festival will be March 19-20. (submitted photo)

The Italian Festival brings Italian culture, food, fashion and more to Scottsdale for its biggest year yet.

Hosted by the Italian Association of Arizona, a local 501c(3), this two-day celebration will double in size, taking up the entire Scottsdale Waterfront on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20.

The event features everything from live music and unique, hand crafted Italian items, to wine tastings, authentic Italian cuisine and artists straight from Italy, like A’ Ziarella, according to a press release. Of course, no Italian event would be complete without gelato, Italy’s favorite dessert.

With over 10,000 visitors last year, the Italian Festival is expecting higher numbers with more vendors and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

The festival is to be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. The Scottsdale Waterfront is located 7135 E. Camelback Road.

General admission is $10; children ages 12 and under, veterans, and Italian Association members are free.

Visit http://www.italianfestivalaz.com/ or http://www.italianassociation.org/ for event details.

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Gelato (submitted photo)

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