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Festa Italiana’s Chef’s Choice Recipe Contest Returns with a Twist

Cucina Showcase is accepting baked goods to be judged by live panel Sunday, July 24; Seeking a new cannoli champion and kids pizza contest returns!

By - Jun 2nd, 2016 10:31 am
Chef’s Choice Recipe Contest. Photo courtesy of Festa Italiana .

Chef’s Choice Recipe Contest. Photo courtesy of Festa Italiana .

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 2, 2016… Festa Italiana, presented by Calypso Lemonades, is calling upon foodies everywhere to participate in its Third Chef’s Choice Recipe Contest taking place Sunday, July 24 in the Cucina Showcase.

This year, Festa Italiana organizers have made some new and exciting changes to annual recipe contest.  Instead of accepting Italian appetizers, organizers are accepting favorite baked goods, including pie, cookies, cake or bread.  Contestants can bring their favorite baked good to the Cucina Showcase on Sunday, July 24 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and are encouraged to attach the recipe with each item.  No prepared mixes can be used, and entries should be brought in disposable containers.

At approximately 6 p.m., a panel of judges will sample each entry in front of a live Cucina audience.  Each entry will be judged on taste and appearance.

The winner of the Chef’s Choice Recipe Contest will receive the third Golden Spoon Award, along with other food-related prizes.

Please include the following information in your submission: cook’s name, cook’s email, address, phone number, recipe title and recipe.  Recipes should include ingredients, measurements, step-by-step preparation, cooking directions and a photo of the dish when finished.

If you have any questions, please contact Cucina Manager Marie Lieber at marie@tshglaw.com.

For more information about the Chef’s Choice Recipe Contest and how to enter, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com or http://festaitaliana.com/cucina-showcase/chefs-choice-recipe-contest/

Cucina Showcase Activities

The Cucina Showcase will again play host to a variety of fun-filled food activities at this year’s Festa!  This year, Festa is looking to crown a new cannoli champion on Saturday, July 23!  Individuals 18 years or older are welcome to register, simply visit the Cucina Showcase on Saturday to enter your name in the drawing by 3:00 p.m.  The contest will kick off at approximately 3:30 p.m.  All cannoli is provided by the Vella family of Peter Sciortino Bakery on Brady Street.  Don’t miss this epic foodie battle!

The Kids Pizza Making Contest sponsored by Divino Wine and Dine returns on Sunday, July 24 and Festa invites all children ages 5-9 and 10-17 to participate.  The annual contest is a fun way for children to create fresh, made-from-scratch pizza in front of the live Cucina Showcase audience.  Winners for each age group will receive a prize basket filled with foodie-inspired prizes.  For more information, please visit: http://festaitaliana.com/fooddrink/kids-pizza-contest/

A full Cucina Showcase Schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

Tickets for Festa Italiana are now on sale.  Purchase your advance ticket for $10 now through July 21 at http://www.festaitaliana.com.  For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

About Festa Italiana

The 39th annual Festa Italiana takes place at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  The festival runs Friday, July 22, to Sunday, July 24.

Festa Italiana is the largest Italian event of its kind in America today.  The Festival began in 1978 for the purpose of reuniting an Italian community torn apart by urban renewal projects and was the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee. Today, several ethic festivals are celebrated on Milwaukee’s lakefront and the city is now widely known as the City of Festivals.  Through the dedication of more than 2,000 volunteers, the annual Festa Italiana has become a favorite family event to Milwaukee and surrounding areas.

Advanced Tickets for Festa Italiana are on sale now.  Purchase your advance online ticket for $10 through July 21 at http://www.festaitaliana.com.  For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

Please follow Festa Italiana on Twitter @FestaMKE and become a fan of Festa Italiana on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/festaitalianamilwaukee.  For more information on the festival, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com or call 414-223-2808. 

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