The Italian American Club of Hilton Head (IACHH) is back with a botto (bang!) with its Annual Italian Heritage Festival.

Offering something for everyone, the Festival evolves each year, expanding on the cultural experience, and offering delectable culinary events. “Italians treat their communities as family. The proceeds go to local charities and scholarships, and no one leaves our event hungry,” says festival chair, Paul Caimano, who expects thousands of attendees again this year.

As in years past, food booths will line Honey Horn’s pathways, with local restaurants serving up portions of their signature dishes. Cooking demonstrations are scheduled throughout the afternoon, while volunteers will prepare traditional Italian dessert favorites like cannoli and zeppole.

And because everyone knows there’s more to Italy than scrumptious food, there are also educational booths, an inflatable kid’s zone, Italian arts and crafts, and other Italian merchandise.

Entertainment for the day includes live music from the Hilton Head Plantation Big Band. There will be a pizza wheel where patrons can win gift certificates to local pizzerias, competitions including grape stomping, and pizza eating.

Also, shop and bid at the famous Festival Silent Auction featuring an array of items including rounds of golf, art, jewelry, gift baskets, boat rides, merchandise, and trips.

“The festival has grown exponentially each year, and we are always grateful for the local support and turn-out,” says IACHH president, John De Cecco. “We are proud to give back to the community, that gives so generously to all our events.

The 11th Annual Italian Heritage Festival is Saturday, October 23 at Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, from 11 am – 4 pm. Tickets are $6 at the gate and in advance and parking is free (handicap parking is available). Children under 10 have free admission. If you have questions, email or call Paul Caimano at, 412-897-1148.