San Diego Sicilian Festival

18th Annual Sicilian Festival in San Diego

May 22, 2011
10 am till 6 pm
in the heart of San Diego’s LITTLE ITALY

The music, dance, culture and cuisine of Sicily come to the streets of San Diego’s Little Italy on Sunday, May 22, 2011, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, as part of the 18th Annual Sicilian Festival celebration on India Street.

The highly popular FREE family event features authentic Sicilian food and entertainment, surrounded by the colorful ambiance of San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood, located within walking distance of the beautiful San Diego harbor and within minutes of San Diego’s vibrant downtown district.

Headlining this year’s festival will be Emmy award winning chef Giada De Laurentiis, presented by Bella Sera Wines. With an impressive background of culinary training and a unique personable charm, she is a globally revered celebrity chef who continues to prove her skill and accessibility with the great success of her cookbooks, brand alliances, newly launched food products and recurring role on the “Today Show.” Giada will conduct a cooking demonstration and book-signing at the Festival at 2:30 pm on the Date Street Stage.

Food booths will line the streets to satisfy the hungry crowds by serving up authentic Sicilian cuisine. Tarantino’s Sausages, the Festival’s presenting sponsor, will be on hand to offer their renowned gourmet sausage sandwiches, joining many of Little Italy’s restaurants that will offer up their own Sicilian culinary specialties. Festival visitors will also be able to relax at two Peroni wine and beer gardens, or shop among the many booths offering Italian-themed artifacts and services.


Four stages will feature a wide variety of Sicilian and Italian entertainment. At noon, a parade of dozens of costumed dancers, musicians, and representatives of the Italian organizations in San Diego will waltz through the streets carrying flags from the different regions of Sicily and Italy.

People will be literally dancing in the streets, and no wonder. The Festival is delighted to welcome direct from New York, award-winning singer Cristina Fontanelli, the voice of Domino’s Pizza‖ on the national radio commercial, who has become a well-known personality through her recordings, her appearances on TV, radio, in concert, nightclubs, and opera, and through her recent acting debut on network television.

The event also features the nationally acclaimed Roman Holiday Ensemble which will be on hand with their costumed musicians and dancers to provide a lively show of Sicilian and Italian music. Other popular acts include Sinatraville, hit music from the Sinatra era presented by Peter Pavone and his orchestra; the Screamin’ Primas in a lively salute to Sicilian-American trumpeter and bandleader Louie Prima and Sicilian Swing’s New Orleans Italian jazz sound, among other notable Italian-themed acts on four stages.

The Sicilian Festival is the perfect venue for families with children. All children’s activities are FREE, and include a large inflatable slide, puppet theatre shows, face painting, children song and dance productions, and many other activities to keep the bambini entertained throughout the day–without emptying their parents’ pocketbooks!