Photo Release -- Festival Italiano Celebrates the Flavors & Heritage of Italy

100,000 People Expected to Celebrate at Belmar -- Sept. 8 & 9, 2012

Lakewood, Colorado, UNITED STATES

LAKEWOOD, Colo., Aug. 31, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For two days each September everyone is Italian during the annual Festival Italiano Celebration at Belmar, a free event featuring Italian food, culture, wine and artisans on Sept. 8 & 9, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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From 'Bon giorno' to 'Ciao,' guests will be immersed in traditional Italian food, grape stomping, a bocce tournament, live music and traditional Italian flag performers flown in from Italy--all among the colorful tents, flags and décor that transform the outdoor event into a little slice of Italy! Proceeds from food sales benefit Project Angel Heart, a Colorado non-profit organization dedicated to cooking and delivering fresh meals to the homes of those coping with illness at no cost to recipients.

"What better way to celebrate the end of summer than a free outdoor event with live music, Italian food, wine tastings and grape stomping?" asked Christina Brickley, Belmar Marketing Director. "From the competitive bocce tournament to the museum inspired chalk artistry, it is the authenticity that attracts participants and guests each year!"

Now in its 9th year, Festival Italiano is known for serving up the region's best selection of homemade Italian specialties for guests as well as an artisan marketplace, live entertainment and chef tastings surrounding the regular flag throwers performance.  The 2012 event is expected to attract more 120,000 guests over two days.  A complete list of free events for Sept 8 & 9, 2012 is available at  Parking is free.

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About Belmar

Often recognized as one of the best outdoor shopping and dining destination in the Denver-Metro area, Belmar is located at Wadsworth Boulevard and West Alameda Ave. in Lakewood, Colorado.  The combination of 80 shops and restaurants, entertainment, cultural activities, galleries (and ample free parking) makes visiting Belmar a unique experience.  For information, directions and a complete Festival Italiano schedule, visit or call 303.742.1520.

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