LITTLE ITALY — Community members will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on this year's Festa Italiana via two upcoming meetings with the fest's organizers.
This is the eighth year for the outdoor festival, a four-day event from Aug. 14-16 featuring Italian music and food along Taylor Street.
Residents and members of the community are invited to participate in two festival information sessions at the University Village Association, 1453 W. Taylor St. The first will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday with another meeting at 6:30 p.m. July 30.
In February, Star Events — which runs the Taste of Randolph in the West Loop and Andersonville’s Midsommarfest, among others — took over management of the fest, previously run by Vasta & Associates Inc.
Representatives for Star Events have said they plan to keep the fest's suggested donation at $5, in addition to bringing back the meatball-eating and grape-stomping contests along with more carnival rides for kids. Plans for a large Sunday Taylor Street mass are also in the works.
For more information on the informational sessions, contact Kathy Catrambone, University Village Association's executive director at 312-243-3773.
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