Italian American Festival returns to Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) - The Italian-American festival is a summer staple for residents of Watkins Glen, but anyone in the finger lakes region can take in the views, entertainment, but most of all the food.
Local businesses from all around the region have showed up here to show off their great food and crafts just in time for the weekend. An extensive path of vendors stretched throughout Clute park, each one presenting their own unique food and drink. Fried Oreos, Italian sausage and gnocchi made up some of the most popular items on the festival's first day.
When we spoke to longtime vendor Ken Pendergast cited his favorite things about the festival and how his products sell themselves: "We meet a lot of people from out of town. We have a pretty good name as far as our products, people come in and get just the sausage, and then decide to go over to the fried dough section, they can get a fried dough as tall as their body."
Small business owners flock to the festival every year to showcase their talents. Vincent Scuteri of Scuteri Cannoli's Connection, a longtime establishment downtown, highlighted how the festival has been a great showcase for his family's business: "We've been in the community for over 50 years, my parents started the grocery store, the pizza store, and the restaurant. We've followed and we're into the fourth generation with our grandkids."
The festival runs all the way through Sunday at 5:00 pm and there are events all throughout. On Saturday there's a cornhole tournament at 9:30 a.m. and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.. Local bands will also be performing on both Saturday and Sunday. However with some rain in the forecast, it wouldn't be a bad idea to bring an umbrella if you're planning on heading up to the Italian-American festival on Saturday.