Italian Festival is a summer tradition
| Kyle and Gayl Lund of
Ansonia enjoy last year's Festa! / Contributed photo|
The festival is a celebration of Italian heritage as the parish recalls its roots as an immigrant parish in the early 1900s.
The current church (and festival) is located in the old Powe Street neighborhood that once housed a vibrant Italian enclave from 1900 to the flood redevelopment era of the 1960s.
The festival features freshly prepared Italian foods such as soffrito, lasagna, porchetta, pizza fritta, fried calamari and more. All food items are freshly prepared in the parish hall kitchen by parishioners each day.
The recipes used are established, tried-and-true and finished with love. Special dessert items are Italian pastry treats like cannolis and sfogliatelle.
The festival also features gelato made by the award-winning Gelato Giuliana of New Haven.
Rev. Stephan Krugel, pastor, said he looks forward to this year’s event. Father Steve was a teen at Holy Rosary parish in the early years of the festival and volunteered then as so many other parishioners have.
“It’s great to be able to return to my home parish and find our festival to be such a vibrant part of the local community,” he said. “I look forward to working the booths again this year. This is a great event and I invite our friends to join us this year for an exciting festa!”
The festival also offers live musical entertainment each night. Rainbow Amusements provides rides for the children, and Thursday is bracelet night.
Visitors can try their hands at the games of skill and games of chance. An Italian Marketplace will sell Italian gifts and novelties ideal for the holidays.
The festival is located on flat paved grounds providing easy access for everyone.
Admission is free; bring a chair and enjoy!
More information is available at: www.holyrosaryfestival.com.
This is a press release from Thomas Maffeo, parishioner, Holy Rosary Church.