Denver’s Festival Italiano 2016 at Belmar with Colorado Traveling Ducks

We have great festivals in Colorado.   I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck felt Italian today.   We are at Festival Italiano.

Festival Italiano 2016

Festival Italiano 2016

We like the music at this stage.

He sings while they dance

He sings while they dance

And the dancers.   Everybody having fun today.   There are several stages at this festival.  And so many booths.   This one really highlights Italy, advertising “All Things Italian”

All Things Italian

All Things Italian

Tesori Italian Pottery has great stuff also.

Tesoro Italian Pottery

Tesoro Italian Pottery

One of the annual highlights of Festival Italiano is Little Feet Grape Stomping, sponsored by Denver’s own Balistreri Vineyards.

Balistreri Vineyards host a traditional event

Balistreri Vineyards host a traditional event

These bins, full of grapes, will soon have barefoot children, with clean, washed feet, stomping grapes.

Stomp these grapes!

Stomp these grapes!

Here are kids signing up for the stomping and fun.

Children eager to stomp grapes

Children eager to stomp grapes

Another popular event is the Italian flag throwers.

Flag Throwers ready

Flag Throwers ready

They are ready to begin.   You can see several, five I believe, flags in the air.

Flag throwers at work

Flag throwers at work

It is difficult to see everything as popular events draw many people and that is a problem for mom taking photos.   But we, Zeb and Soapy, love it all.  Here is another stage.

Story Telling

Story Telling

Music and an announcer telling family stories.  We were at Festival Italiano shortly after it opened on the first day, so these chalk artists are just beginning.

Beginning chalk art masterpiece

Beginning chalk art masterpiece

Festivals always smell so good and have delicious food.   Berry Kabobs look and taste yummy.

Berry Kabobs!

Berry Kabobs!

They are from Banane E Fragolae.   Still hungry?   This will soothe any growling stomach.

So much food

So much food

From Italian Flame Foods.  So much to see, to do and to eat.   But wait, now you can be more Italian.   They even have Italian language lessons here.

Let's learn Italian

Let’s learn Italian

This is a fun, and educational, festival.   Hope you were here and come again next year.

Festival Italiano

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck went to Belmar in Lakewood, Colorado for the 11th annual Festival Italiano.

So many people.  A popular festival

So many people. A popular festival

There was so much Italian stuff. This booth had art.

Villa Reale in Lucca, Italy by Emi Kanan

Villa Reale in Lucca, Italy by Emi Kanan

I really liked this painting of Villa Reale in Lucca, Italy by Emi Kanan.  There were two stages with live performances.   The Torino Stage featured Don D’Angelo with a tribute to Frank Sinatra.

Don D'Angelo singing Frank Sinatra songs

Don D’Angelo singing Frank Sinatra songs

Don sang several songs made popular by Frank Sinatra.  We liked him!  At the other end of the street we found Milano Stage.

Rumble Seat group performing

Rumble Seat group performing

The featured group was Rumble Seat.  They were excellent.  Mom liked the old songs and so did we ducks.

Walking through these balloons,

Balloons the colors of the Italian flag

Balloons the colors of the Italian flag

we discovered the children’s area.   Our favorite there was the Children’s Grape Stomp.

Such fun!

Such fun!

Young humans, with clean feet, get in the area with grapes and stomp to juice the grapes.

Stomping grapes

Stomping grapes

When the young ones are finished, they wash their feet here.

Clean up station

Clean up station

This event is sponsored by Balistreri Vineyards,

Balistreri Vineyards sponsored this event

Balistreri Vineyards sponsored this event

a local, family owned winery.

This display was great.  These are real people.

These people are alive

These people are alive

The people stayed here while the flag throwers from Florence, Italy performed.  This area was really crowded.  Like all festivals, there were many venders.  Lots of really good Italian food and gelato.  Mouth watering aromas were everywhere.  Also we browsed in the craft area.  We liked this pottery from Tesori Italian Pottery.

Tesori Italian Pottery available here.

Tesori Italian Pottery available here.

We watched some of the Bocce tournament.

Our first Bocce tournament

Our first Bocce tournament

You roll the Bocce, a 4 ½ inch ball weighing 3 pounds as close as possible to the pallino, a 1 ¾ inch ball which is rolled down the alley first.   The bocce closest to the pallino wins.

This chalk art was good.

We like chalk art

We like chalk art

We watched some of it being created.  This was a great festival.  For more information visit http://www.balistrerivineyards.com