Inaugural Italian American Heritage Festival is Happening this Saturday in Fountain Inn, SC

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The first-ever Italian American Heritage Festival in Fountain Inn is happening this weekend, on Saturday, April 30th, 2022. Are you thinking about attending the festival? We have the schedule, the vendors, and all the details you need to plan your day!

Italian American Heritage Festival

About the Italian American Heritage Festival in Fountain Inn, SC

The quick facts:

  • Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 12 pm to 8 pm
  • Main Street, Fountain Inn
  • Free Admission

This Italian American Heritage Festival will be a first for Upstate, SC. There will be music, food, drinks, shopping from vendors, and activities including a 50/50 raffle, corn hole tournament, and even a spaghetti eating contest!

Entertainment and Demonstrations Schedule

12 pm: Opening Ceremony
12:30 pm: Opera, John Shorter
1 pm: Chef Kevin: How to make fresh ricotta and cavatelli
1:30 pm: ballet, to include traditional Italian dances
2:30 pm: Italian Songs, John Shorter
2:30 pm: Chef Fred: How to make Braciole with meat sauce
2:30 to 5:30 pm: Corn hole tournament and other games
3:15 pm: Folk Music, Ashlyn Greene
4 pm: Chef Kevin: How to make Sicilian Maccarruna and Marinara
4:30 pm: DJ Mike Guiliano
6 pm: John Shorter/ Mike Philip
6:15pm: Spaghetti Eating Contest
7:40 pm: Closing speech

Sign up for Events

Want to show the Upstate how much spaghetti you can eat, or show off your corn hole skills? You need to sign up in advance.

Spaghetti eating contest: Ho fast can you eat 1/2 lb of spaghetti with marinara? Email Chuck at [email protected] to enter. The winner will receive a $25 Gift Card.

Corn hole tournament: Sign up for the cornhole tournament online.

Fountain Inn Italian Festival Map

Find a brochure with a festival map on the Italian Festival Facebook page.

Vendor Shopping and Food at the Festival

Good Italian food is not always easy to find in the south, and that’s just one of the things that will make this festival unique.

Check out the vendors that plan to set up at the festival, and do yourself a favor, make sure to get a pastry from Gio’s Pastry Shop.

  • Gio’s Pastry Shop, Caffe, & Italian Market
  • Ma’s Banana Bread
  • Bertolo’s Pizza
  • Chic-Fil-A
  • Cucina 100
  • Luna Rosa
  • Wining Down
  • Young’s Backyard BBQ
  • Mike’s Cheesesteaks
  • Ciao Bella
  • Growler Haus
  • Tito’s Pizzeria
  • Robin’s Just Desserts
  • Beautiful Crazy Creations
  • Zen Craft
  • Grae Boutique
  • Sandra’s Scouts
  • Behaviors A Go-Go
  • Sweet Dreams by Lori
  • Gilstrap Roofing
  • Happy Tappy Camper
  • Larrios Doggie Wagon
  • Miss Bae Haven’s Honey Bones
  • American Legion Post #25
  • Upstate Hearing Center
  • Carolina Grower’s Group
  • Anytime Flowers
  • Emily’s Rock Garden
  • White Wood Creations
  • Orange Rabbit
  • JJ Knitting Creations
  • Penny’s Pantry
  • Rolling Video Games
  • USA Building Maintenance
  • Knights of Columbus #10819
  • Crazy Eye Art & Design
  • Art by Brandi
  • Slay the Clay Jewelry
  • Paula’s Crafty Creations
  • JJ Photo & Design
  • Susan Hodges
  • Scentsy
  • Squeaky Dreams
  • Greenville Sports League
  • Verizon
  • Food demonstrations by Kevin and Fred


About the Author
Maria Bassett is a former school orchestra teacher, turned homeschool mom. She and her husband homeschool their 3 sons and 1 daughter, who range from 4th grade through 9th grade. Believing children learn best when they are engaged and having fun, this family loves to take their homeschool on the road, around Greenville and beyond.

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