Special to the Press
BRISTOL- The Church of St. Anthony’s Italian Festival is this weekend- an unforgettable time filled with live music, fun games and of course, delicious food including everything from fried dough to cannolis.
The festival is at Rt. 72, School St. from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
"It’s a great community event with good food and great music," said Rick Dombrowski, one of the organizers of the event. Rich Valerio is also an organizer.
Two new bands will be at the festival; "Eight to the Bar" is playing this Thursday and "Avenue Groove" is playing this Friday. On Saturday, a returning favorite, "Apricot Brandy," will be on stage, according to Dombrowski.
Attendees can enjoy these great tunes while eating some scrumptious Italian food, such as pasta and meatballs, pasta Fazool, Italian pastries, and espresso. They also have several American favorites: hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, Philly steak, sausage and peppers, and American desserts, like their well-known apple fritters.
"We have the best fried dough in Connecticut," said Dombrowski. Reverend Alphonso Fontana said that their fried dough is the biggest seller.
In addition, there will be a bounce house for the kids, a straw booth, and a basketball shoot out game. There will also be cash prize raffles with a grand prize of $2,500 that will be drawn this Saturday.
St. Anthony’s Italian Festival dates all the way back to 1948, when it was started by Pastor Settimio Crudele, said Fontana. Every year, the number of visitors the church welcomes to its festival is in the thousands.