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Festa Italiana Expands Beverage Offerings, Welcomes Aperol Spritz, Peroni as Official Drinks of 2019 Summer Festival, July 19-21

June 21, 2019 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Festa will offer over 25 varieties of Italian wines, new Italia cocktails, cigar and bourbon pairings and Campari Club to the grounds!

MILWAUKEE – June 21, 2019 – Festa Italiana is offering new and exciting beverage options at this year’s festival taking place on Milwaukee’s lakefront July 19-21. The expanded beverage list will include the Aperol Spritz, the official drink, and Peroni on tap, the official beer, of Festa Italiana 2019. In addition, Festa-goers can also enjoy over 25 varieties of Italian wines, beer on tap and cigars complete with whiskey and bourbon pairings!

“To beat the summer heat, it’s only fitting to feature refreshing options like Aperol Spritz and Peroni as the official drinks of Festa Italiana! Both iconic beverages play a part in the well-rounded and authentic Italian experience our guests have come to expect each and every year,” said Joe Emanuele, Italian Community Center president and chairman of Festa Italiana. “This year, guests can hang out in the Campari Club offering delicious cocktails and entertainment, as well as take in more choices and more selections throughout the entire grounds. Festa is known for its food, and we are really excited to now offer a full variety of beverage selections as well, for the perfect pairing.”

Known as one of the Midwest’s largest Italian festivals, attendees can look forward to pairing a wide variety of beverages with festival favorites such as Italian sausage sandwiches, fried eggplant, calamari, panini, sfingi Italian doughnuts, pasta and more. With nearly 20 food vendors attendees can experience all the mouthwatering tastes of Italy right on Milwaukee’s lakefront!

Sip Your Way Through Festa

  • Local wine varietals and tastings: The wine list includes traditional Italian whites and reds.  Including but not limited to; Prosecco, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Mamertino, Moscato, Lambrusco, Montepulciano, Pinot Noir, Chianti and Nero d’Avola. Returning this year are LoDuca wines as well as Corvina Wine Company, with an expanded menu at the Corvina Wine Bar.
  • Italia Cocktails: Attendees this year can enjoy a variety of fresh, handmade cocktails perfect for a hot summer day. Selections include the Campari Sunset, Paloma di Amalfi, Cranberry Limonata, Negroni and a Milano Mule
  • Beer on tap: Festa has expanded its tap beer offerings to include – Miller, Miller Lite and Peroni. Craft beer lovers can also experience new selections available, such as Terrapin Recreational Ale and Terrapin Hopsecutioner. These craft offerings and local favorites are available across the grounds.
  • Cigar and liquor pairings: Festa will be introducing barrel-crafted liquor selections, a barrel-aged Negroni and barrel-aged bourbon cocktail, in addition to cognac, scotch, port, whiskey and reposado tequila.There will be multiple locations for guests to purchase top-tier cigars including Arturo Fuente, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, and many other top shelf cigar options, which will be conveniently located near the bourbon booths for the ultimate pairing experience.

The official beverage of Festa Italiana, festa-goers can enjoy a refreshing Aperol Spritz, complete in a souvenir take home 16-oz acrylic goblet. In addition to Aperol Sprtiz, Festa-goers can expect to find wide range of new and returning beverage options, including:

Festa Introduces the Campari Club

New to the festival grounds will be the Campari Club, serving cocktails including the Aperol Spritz, while providing entertainment, dancing, food tastings and giveaways all weekend long! Featured guest, DJ Rozario, an emerging and talented Milwaukee-based DJ will be spinning Italian tracks throughout the evening!

#SpritzAtFesta – Campari Club & Social Media Photo Contest

Keep the Italian celebration going on social media with a new photo contest! Throughout the festival grounds, Festa-goers can find one of three Aperol Spritz-themed photo booths, take a fun photo while enjoying a refreshing beverage, and share on social media with the special #SpritzAtFesta hashtag for a chance to win prizes all weekend!

Tickets for Festa Italiana are now on sale. Purchase your advance ticket for $10 now through July 18 at Tickets are $13 at the gate after July 18. Children 12 and under free. Former and active military, firefighters, law enforcement and teachers and one guest get in free Sunday, July 21.              

Full List of Entertainment Announced at Festa Italiana July 19-21

June 17, 2019 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Festa Italiana is excited to combine new musical selections with many Italian favorites to this year’s festival on Milwaukee’s lakefront July 19-21, celebrating food, family and tradition. In addition to the previously announced headliners of KC and the Sunshine Band and Phil Vassar, festivalgoers can look forward to an energetic experience with a new lineup of all regional acts on the U.S. Cellular stage at the Summerfest Grounds.

Now in its 42nd year of Italian heritage and culture, Festa Italiana is bringing back the Italian favorites Festa-goers have come to love over the years, as well as new artists and bands from the broader Wisconsin and Illinois areas that will allow festa-goers to enjoy a complete variety of entertainment while enjoying everything Italiana!

U.S. Cellular Stage Acts:

New at Festa this year will be an entire lineup of local acts from the Midwest. The full list of acts and their varietal genres includes:

  • Buffalo Gospel – Country/Americana, Greater Milwaukee Area
  • FBI & the Untouchable Horns – Funk, R&B and horns, Fox Valley, Wis.
  • The Flat Cats with Amanda Wolff & Myles Hayes – Swing and jazz, Chicago
  • Fort Frances – Sensitive rock, Chicago
  • Jayne Taylor – singer/songwriter, Greater Milwaukee Area
  • Keith Pulvermacher – Midwestern, Oconomowoc, Wis.
  • Koch-Marshall Trio with Rick Vito – Rock, jazz and blues, Greater Milwaukee Area (Originally from Pennsylvania, Rick Vito is also a former member of legendary super group Fleetwood Mac!)
  • Liam Ford Band – Rockabilly, Greater Milwaukee Area
  • Mic Over Matter – Covers, Greater Milwaukee Area
  • Noyz Boyz & Gyrlz – Classic rock, horns, Greater Milwaukee Area
  • WheelHouse – Americana/Bluegrass, Madison, Wis.

Additional Highlights include:

  • Femmes of Rock: The Femmes of Rock, starring Bella Electric Strings and led by rock violinist and arranger Nina DiGregorio, are ready to rock Festa 2019 with their blistering solos and unique arrangements – not to mention their beauty and charm. Performing the music of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Queen, Pink Floyd, The Eagles, Van Halen and more, Femmes of Rock takes Bella Strings to a whole new level. All-new arrangements, original material, a live rock band, video, lights, choreography, comedy and more are in store for this high-energy show that is sure to leave Festa-goers in awe.
  • Joe Scalisi: Festa-goers will think they’ve stepped back in time when they hear Joe Scalissi in this year’s entertainment lineup. Joe has been performing his tribute show, Joe Scalissi Sings Dean Martin for over 20 years, and has performed at the annual Dean Martin Celebration in Steubenville, Ohio more times than one can count. Festa is thrilled to host Joe at this year’s festival where his performance mannerisms, voice and quick wit are 100% Dino!
  • Frankie Moreno: Las Vegas’ three-time Headliner of the Year – Frankie Moreno – brings his modern take on piano-pounding classic rock ‘n roll, expert songwriting and an electric stage presence that will have Festa-goers on their feet from start to finish! Having just hit the Billboard charts with his fourth new album, “This is Frankie Moreno,” he becomes the first artist in Billboard history to chart four new albums in less than one year.
  • Hotel California: For almost three decades, Hotel California have been recreating the legendary sound of The Eagles and thrilling audiences all over the world. Since 1986, they’ve remained the industry leading substitute for The Eagles, playing to huge outdoor and arena audiences, sharing bills with some of rock’s legends, and going places no tribute band has gone before. With incredible lead vocal similarity, intensely accurate instrumental work, soaring harmonies, and top flight live performances, Hotel California is ready to rock Festa Italiana this year!
  • The Four C Notes: The Four C Notes are the Midwest’s only tribute dedicated to recreating the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons! While they call Chicago home, they have been seen at private events, performing arts centers and outdoor festivals across the country! The Four C Notes will bring their melodic tribute of features to Festa this year, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” and many more!

Other Exciting Acts Include: The Sicilian Tenors, Ray Massa’s Eurorhythms, Festa favorite The Russo Brothers, Cory Pesaturo, Tony Spavone, Jenna Esposito and more!

Festa Italiana takes place Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21, at the Henry W. Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Festivalgoers can take in all entertainment acts for the value price of only $10.00 for advance sale tickets now through July 18. Tickets are $13.00 after July 18 and at the gate.

A full Festa Italiana entertainment schedule of performers is available at

*Editors Note: For interview requests or high-resolution photographs, please contact Kevin Wells at 414.376.2893 or at

About Festa Italiana

The 42nd annual Festa Italiana takes place at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) on Milwaukee’s lakefront Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21. Festa Italiana is one of the largest Italian events of its kind in America today. The Festival began over 40 years ago for the purpose of reuniting an Italian community torn apart by urban renewal projects and was the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee on the Summerfest grounds. Today, several ethnic festivals are celebrated on Milwaukee’s lakefront and the city is now widely known as the City of Festivals. Through the dedication of more than 2,000 volunteers, the annual Festa Italiana has become a favorite family event to Milwaukee and surrounding areas. For more information on the festival, please visit or call (414) 223-2808.

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