Cannoli eating contest, food and music highlight Festa Italiana in Sterling Heights, where 'everyone's Italian'

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STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) – When it comes to the annual Festa Italiana in Sterling Heights, everyone’s Italian in Metro Detroit, it seems.

Metro Detroiters will be able to take in the sights, sounds, and of course, tastes, of Italy this weekend at Freedom Hill County Park.

From a cannoli eating contest and dozens of local food vendors to music from The Sicilian Tenors and the Bronx Wanderers, WWJ’s Erin Vee spoke with festival chairman Joe Ventimiglia about all the fun festivities that will be going on Friday-Sunday.

The Festa, which started in 1970, is hosted by the Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan.

This weekend’s festivities get underway Friday 8-10 p.m., while it will run noon-11 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday.

Aside from food and music – two big Italian-American staples – there will be beer and wine, a family fun zone with a rock-climbing wall, zipline and bounce house, Friday night fireworks and more.

Festa Italiana is free to attend, but parking at Freedom Hill is $10 per vehicle.

More information on Festa Italiana can be found on the IACC website.

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