A market blessing, strolling musicians, and delicious Italian foods will all be part of the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market’s Italian-American Day on Saturday, September 14 in downtown Farmington.
The market opens at 9 a.m. with a blessing given by Fr. Derik Peterman from Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Farmington. The church will celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15 with special services and weekend activities.
A large group procession with Our Lady of Sorrows Knights of Columbus will walk the outer perimeter of the market, with members of the Columbus Day Court from the Italian American Club of Livonia.
Musicians Barbara Fallone, with David, and Francesco, will provide strolling Italian music during the event, which will also include special cooking demos at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Anthony Iadipaolo and Gerryanna Luscri will demonstrate the art of making and rolling the traditional pasta that their mother, Anna, made often and for large family weddings. Gnocchi samples will be provided by Mamma Rita’s Bakery & Catering.
Also featured at the “Bella Mercato”:
- Bocce court play and game instruction with bocce player Nino Ruggirello
- POP-Power of Produce, through which kids collect vouchers to purchase produce from participating growers
- A kids activity with Michigan State University’s Robin Danto teaching how to add flavor to foods with herb sachets
- A faith booth sponsored by Our Lady of Sorrows and St. Gerald Catholic Churches, with members taking prayer requests and giving away free items
- Raffle baskets from Livonia Italian Bakery
- “Bella Cantina” serving up red and white wine and Peroni Beer
- Traditional Italian foods, including breads from Mamma Rita’s and Cantoro’s, Brick oven pizza from GioVara, Italian inspired wraps from the Impasto Food Truck, Pasta served up by the Italian American Club of Livonia, steak and chicken de Burgo from Johnny’s Italian Steak House at Laurel Park, Italian sausage & pepper subs served by Farmington Elks, fresh cannolis from Holy Cannoli Bakery, and fresh made Italian foods by Kitchen Descendants, Mama Mucci, and Mie Radici
Italian American Day is sponsored by Cantoro Italian Market, Antonio’s Cucina Italiana, Rotondo Construction, AJR Home Sales, EQS Logistics, Villanova Construction and Livonia Bakery & Cafe. The Farmington Farmers Market, which will be open from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., is free and open to the public, located at the corner of Grove Street and Grand River in the heart of downtown Farmington.
The Italian market is one of the season’s most popular, so expect heavy traffic and jammed parking lots. Watch for 3-hour time limits in the Downtown Farmington Center and parking lots behind businesses on the north side of Grand River.
Free, untimed public parking is available in the following locations:
- Lots along Orchard Street east of Farmington Road
- Spaces on Thomas and School Streets
- Spaces on the south side of Grand River, east of Grove Street
- Lots on the south side of State Street, west of Farmington Road
- Village Commons Mall (north side of Grand River east of Grove Street)
For more information, visit farmingtonfarmersmarket.com or follow the market on Facebook.