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Vittorio Emanuele Gallery

Event Schedule

This is the 2023 schedule and is subject to change. We're working on our event schedule for 2024 so you can plan your visit accordingly. Check for updates.

11 AM - 12:15 Benvenuti!

Festival Begins!

Get here early for some early bird bonuses and be the first to skip the lines and grab some lunch before the fun starts! 

12:45 PM Mangiamo!

Pasta Eating Contest

Contestants will be served equal amounts of pasta. The first contestant to eat every noodle on their plate without using their hands or any utensils wins!

2:45 PM Cornicione!

Pizza Dough Making Contest

Contestants will be given an equal amount of pizza dough. Contestants must make a 12-inch pizza crust with no holes. Points will be awarded based on the closest crust to 12 inches and there will be bonus points for style!

4:50 PM Pompa d'Uva!

Grape Stomping Contest

Contestants will be given an equal amount of grapes. The contestants will have 2 minutes to stomp as many of the grapes as possible (with their bare feet)! Whoever has the most juice in the barrel wins.

8:00 PM Ciao & Buonanotte!

Festival Ends

Grazie a tutti! Make sure to stick around to the end to see if you're a prize winner and to grab some last-minute good eats before heading home to get ready for the week! 

12:15 PM Coro!

Calgary Crescendo Choir

The Calgary Crescendo Choir held its first performance on May 22, 1997. In November 2000, the choir was incorporated as The Calgary Crescendo Choir Society becoming the only Italian language choir in Alberta. This year marks the Choir’s 25th Anniversary.

1:30 PM & 2:15 PM Balliamo!

Gli Azzuri Italian Dancers

The Calgary Italian Dancers “Gli Azzurri” was established in 1987. We are proud to have showcased our culture at various performances around Calgary, Canada, and abroad.

3:30 - 7:00 PM Greg Rumpel Wandering Accordion

Greg Rumpel began playing the accordion as a youth in Regina, Saskatchewan.  For the last 30 years, he has been performing accordion music in Calgary as a soloist and also as a member of many groups.  He has played in many bands covering varied styles of music such as Italian, German, French, klezmer, old-style country, mariachi, etc.  For “Taste of Italy”, Greg can be heard playing familiar Italian melodies such as That’s Amore, Funiculi Funicula, Santa Lucia, etc. 

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Cantiamo!

Italian Karaoke

"KISS Karaoke & DJ Services” is known today as  “KISS Productions” to incorporate even more diversity in our services – karaoke, gear rental, DJ & Pro Audio. Enjoy the end of the day with some classic Italian Karaoke! 

What Our Attendees & Vendors Say

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Ceri, Attendee

"This was a fun afternoon with my family! We tasted new foods (amazing cannoli), ate fresh and delicious pizza and pasta, enjoyed music and the fun vibe of the crowd. We will be there again and we will bring friends! " 

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