Mercer County Italian American Festival

We had a fun and filling day at the Mercer County Italian American Festival with the Summer Fordcast Tour. What a wonderland of smells and tastes and great conversation. I have to admit, I love eavesdropping on the vendors and their patrons while they chat about common friends they share, neighborhoods in Brooklyn they used to live in and stories about how their mothers made a dish this way or that way.   It’s a world that is very foreign to this Irish/German American and maybe the reason it fascinates me.

Our Photographer, Chatale Taurozzi, on the other hand, felt right at home. The beautiful pictures you see above are hers. You can check out our Facebook page album for even more.  This event spans an entire weekend starting on Friday and has to be one of the biggest festivals around.  Between the Food Piazza, the Italian Market Tent, Italian Heritage Pavilion, the Cultural Theater, performances on two stages including the Roma Bank Stage and the Cabaret Tent, Dance Tent, Amusement rides and even Mass on Sunday, this is one big affair.   The festival is in its 12th year, so put it on your calendar for next year and meet me by the “Fontana di Trevi.”

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