Feast of Little Italy celebrates Italian heritage, family, community & unity

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JUPITER, Fl. (CBS12)-- Thousands came out to attend the 14th Annual Italian festival, Feast of Little Italy. The 3 day event and celebration held at the Abacoa Town Center November 4, 5 & 6th.


The mission of the festival is to help educate and showcase Italian traditions and culture. It was also dedicated to encouraging the importance of unity, family and community.

Jerry Somma, President of the Feast of Little Italy said, "My grandfather taught me what the importance of breaking bread represented and we get to do that as a community, to come together and be one and we celebrate that. So whether you're Italian or not, that's OK. You get to be Italian this weekend and we're all one."

For over 14 years, generations of families have turned out to be a part of the incredible food and family fun for a great cause. Part of the proceeds benefiting Little Smiles of Florida.

Somma tells CBS12's Michele Wright, "When I'm asked what it's mostly about..I sum it up in one word...passion. Passion for family, friends, music, food, and our community coming together and loving everything about life. That's what this is about."

Festival goers enjoyed carnival rides, games, traditional food, arts and crafts, and merchandise vendors lining the streets. There were cooking demos, wine seminars, Boccee, etc. The event provided a fun opportunity to focus on core family values and unity in the community. For entertainment, organizers brought in several local musical artists and celebrity performers for the three day event.

"It's seeing grandparents, parents and grand-kids together. It warms my heart when I can see three generations walking around holding hands, taking pictures, spending quality family time."

In a time where our world seems to be in crisis, this event continues bringing people together.

"You don't have to be Italian once either you walk through the gates you're automatically Italian you come in and we're sharing those traditions. We take old traditions and are creating new memories. Everyone gets to be a part of this and who doesn't love to love."

For more information on the next Feast of Little Italy in Tradition/Port St Lucie January, 2017, visit the website HERE

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