This weekend was the Memphis Italian Festival!
We love coming to the Italian Festival every year! Bocce ball tourney, volleyball tourney, delicious food, different families competing for the best gravy (aka sauce), cooking classes, grape stomping, wine races, Italian Idol (like American Idol), arts and crafts, and LOTS of people watching.
Kelsi came with us! It was her first time to the Italian Fest and she had a great time (she even discovered a new favorite band)!
Our Memphis Italian Fest staples are pepperoni pizza from Garibaldi’s and bread from Coletta’s! SO good!
Pronto Pups! This was new for us. I’ve heard people rave over these, but never had actually tried one. They coat the footlong corndog in a delicious mustard. Next time I see them at a fair, I will definitely stop by for another Pronto Pup!
We got to vote in the People’s Choice gravy (spaghetti sauce) competition. They were all so delicious! Funnily enough, Christopher and I had almost opposite rankings on the sauces!
Check out all that mud! Every other year we’ve attended the Italian Festival, it has been super hot, but this year it was only in the 80′s and it rained most of the weekend making TONS of mud. Our feet were covered! However, in the five hours we were at the festival, it only sprinkled on us twice!
It was overcast the whole time we were there until just at sunset when the sun began to do this. It was pretty amazing to see.
The Owens Sisters and they were amazing! They harmonize together so beautifully! They sang a lot of great covers including “Jolene” (the clip above).
We got to see
We also got to hear the Eddie Smith Band which is Kelsi’s new favorite!
And the headliner of the event – Randy Houser! He sang some great songs (including “Going Out With My Boots On” and “How Country Feels”), but I wasn’t super impressed with the amount of language he used at such a family oriented event. Other than that, though, I really enjoyed getting to hear him play!
All in all, Memphis Italian Festival 2013 was a huge success despite the mud and cloudy skies!