December 4, 2022

Charlie Doodle

Unique Art & Entertainment

Marshfield festival celebrates Italian culture, heritage

3 min read

MARSHFIELD – Photos of Lady Gaga. Biscotti and espresso. Crimson Ducati motorbikes.

What do all of these things have in common?

They, along with a host of other things, were on full display as symbols of Italy’s heritage at Saturday’s Italian Cultural Festival at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

Hundreds gathered to buy and sell food and home goods while meeting others of Italian descent. Many visitors waved small red-white-and-green flags while touring the wide array of snack options, from arancini rice balls to little cups of Aperol spritz.

Ken Marini, of Kingston, sports his Italian gear at the Italian Festival at the Marshfield Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

“People have been really receptive,” Simply Biscotti owner Sue Petrakis said at her stand. She was selling small bundles of the long cookies that traditionally are eaten with coffee.

“A couple came by earlier and they said, ”Where’s the espresso?’ and I said ‘I don’t have espresso,’ ” Petrakis recounted. “‘You need espresso!’ ” the couple told her.

Nearby, a stand operated by the Dante Alighieri Society, named after the famed writer who’s considered the father of the Italian language, was selling espresso. The coffee was “forte,” manager Mario Zanca said, meaning “strong.”

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