Mogwai at The RITZ Ybor
on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Photo by Nicole Abbett
Mogwai at The RITZ Ybor
Four days of food, wine, cocktails, bocce ball, and live entertainment. Months upon months of planning, securing, scheduling, ordering and promoting. Years upon years, 17 to be exact, of culture, heritage and tradition.
This year’s 17th Annual Festa Italiana (i.e. the Italian Food & Wine Festival) opened with the Wines of Italy tasting event and concluded with the main Festa Italiana event in Centennial Park. Over 20,000 attendees flooded the historic Ybor City district in celebration of Italian culture, the Italian community and of course, wine and pasta!
18th Annual Festa Italiana Weekend
Save The Date: April 9 to 12, 2015
“Jerk Ribs” by Kelis: God Bless Kelis Rogers! Unhappy with ever becoming yet another one-hit wonder, or the girl who sang that “Milkshake” song, or even the ex-wife of Nas, she has consistently reinvented her sound and image to stay relevant with the current musical landscape. She fully embraced dance music on 2010’s Flesh Tone album, and now reveals a new electro-soul sound with her recently released, concept FOOD album.
The 16th Annual Festa Italiana took place in Ybor City on Sunday, April 7, 2013. Festivities officially kicked off at The Italian Club’s Wines of Italy event the Thursday prior, and the celebration continued each day until the main event at Centennial Park. My work is a huge supporter and sponsor of Festa Italiana which amusingly began as my bosses’ picnic for their friends and family. Today, a staggering 10,000 patrons attend their lil’ Italian festival picnic.
Way before I ever became involved with and worked for Festa, I remember loving the event which can best be described as an overwhelming experience of food, drinks, culture and people. To now officially be a part of a local tradition that honors and preserves a culture’s heritage and traditions is rewarding and very worthwhile.
Viva Festa Italiana!
Photos courtesy of Radko Keleman Photography
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I have a slight obsession with Olly Murs whose Right Place, Right Time album has been receiving ample play on my iPod. Olly rose to fame on the UK version of The X-Factor, and conquered the European charts before storming American shores. His current single “Troublemaker” is rapidly racing up the Billboard charts, and he’ll be playing at The RITZ Ybor next week Wednesday, May 8, 2013.