Tuesday, June 17, 2014

20th Annual North Wildwood Original Italian-American Festival set for June 27-29

A Weekend of Food, Fun and Italian-American Heritage!


The North Wildwood Original Italian-American Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary in the Wildwoods this year from Friday, June 27 through Sunday, June 29, with a weekend of food, fun and Italian-American heritage.

Festivities for the three-day event take place along Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood including street vendors displaying Italian memorabilia, food vendors offering a variety of Italian and non-Italian treats, meatball relay races and Little Miss Italy Pageant.

FREE live entertainment will take place all weekend long featuring Lights Out, Felicia Punso, Philly Cuzz, and more. This year's grand marshal is Angelo Cataldi, anchor of the 94 WIP Sports Radio Morning Show.

Activities take place from 4 -10 p.m. on Friday, June 27; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 28; and noon - 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 29.

The North Wildwood Original Italian-American Festival is FREE to attend and is sponsored by Knights of Columbus #2572. The Knights of Columbus is a non-profit organization and proceeds from the festival benefit Catholic education and various other local charities.

For additional information, please call 609-536-0176 or visit www.kofc2572.org.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.      


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others.

The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com in 2014, 2013 and 2012; and the Wildwoods’ Morey’s Amusement Piers were named in 2014 among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living Magazine.  In 2013 the Wildwoods were also recognized as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by BudgetTravel.com; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by NJ.com readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by NerdWallet.com; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. They were also named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com in 2012; and Smarter Travel also named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” The 2012 list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor included the Wildwoods, and Home.com voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and were one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site, www.WildwoodsNJ.com

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