The Lowcountry has a Greek Festival, Cajun Festival, Latin American Festival, Scottish Games and a festival for nearly every fruit, flower or carbohydrate you can think of – but nothing to celebrate Italian heritage.
Four Summerville families want to change that, and this Saturday marks the first Lowcountry Festa Italiana, to be held at Azalea Park.
Organizer Joseph Stringer said there was an Italian Festival in Charleston in the 1940s, but there’s been nothing since then.
Stringer promised games, food, music, Roman centurions, bocce ball and classic cars.
Once established, the festival will serve as a fundraiser for a scholarship for local students to study in Italy, Stringer said.
Honorary Italian Consul Sergio Fedelini will be on hand for the opening celebration, and there will be musical entertainment throughout the day, including Italian favorites, accordion, bluegrass and folk.
There’s been a great response to the idea so far, Stringer said, so he expects a good-sized crowd.
The weather should cooperate, too. Forecasters are calling for a sunny day in the mid-70s.
For the competitive out there, a bocce ball tournament will begin at 2 p.m.
The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit festaitalianasc.org.