Around the Tiers: Gusto Festival

By Conor Mooney

August 19, 2013 Updated Aug 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Endicott's well-known Italian festival kicks off on Thursday. Frank Bertoni and Palma Lungo came by to talk about it.

The following is a statement written by the event's organizers:

Little Italy encompasses a several block area on Endicotts north side which for many decades and still is a largely Italian neighborhood.Within that neighborhood are the Sons of Italy, The Heritage Museum,Oaks Inn, Consols, Antonios, Joeys Italian Ice and Restaurant. DeGennaros Catering, Rossis Pizza, Nirchis Pizza, Battaglini Bakery, L'amore caffe, Robbie's Produce, Renatas bakery

Gusto was begun about 7 years ago with the idea of promoting local businesses and recalling many aspects of our heritage and bringing the neighborhood together. We wanted to offer Italian food and music similar to what other communities have done in their Little Italy sections .

Gusto will be held Aug 23rd 2013 from 5 to 10 p.m.

The festival will extend from Geo W Johnson Park along Witherill Street and down part of Odell Avenue where the Sons of Italy and the heritage museum are located.

This year we have added a puppet Theater and Magic Show sponsored by the Chenango County arts Council and made possible by the NYS Council on the Arts. Mary Grassi has coordinated that entire aspect of Gusto…making the puppets and the theater…working with the kids. Magician Alex Boyce will be performing as well as Italian Dancers will be performing in the park.

Music this year will feature Ryan Wilson, Father Michael Gallupi from OLGC Catholic Church, Mike Blazavich, The EPAC children's theater group, Ralph Muro, Nino Samiani and Mark Blackwell, and Paige Powell and Brittany Miller.

There will be approximately 20 local vendors.

FOOD:

Lamb, chicken and pork spiedies , Pizza fritte. Porchetta sandwiches, Gelato, Grilled Pizza Pepper cookies,Homeade Pasta, Canolli, Soup, Sausage and peppers,Eggplant Parmigiana, Lasagna,Chili. Brick oven Pizza, Artisan bread, and locally grown garlic

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