Festa Italia a celebration of Italian Heritage Month

The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts held the event

CHICOPEE Mass. (WWLP) – October is Italian heritage month. People from all backgrounds gathered for the 4th annual Festa Italia A Taste of Italy Food and Wine Saturday.

Over 50 area restaurants provided dishes. Guests dined on Italian food, enjoyed live performances and experienced a wine tasting. The cultural event was also a heritage celebration for many.

One guest told 22News, she’s comes every year and explained to us what it means to be Italian. Olivia Panetti said, “It means loud. It means happy. It means family. It means closeness. It means something special.”

The admission was free, but guests did have to pay for food tickets. The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts held the event. It’s the organization’s largest annual gathering.

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