Patchogue Village is gearing up for one of its oldest traditions: the Italian Festival of St. Liberata.
The food and fun happens Saturday, Sept. 9, up and down Main Street.
From noon to 6 p.m., Main Street will be closed for the festival. The day will kick off with the traditional parade, which will begin in front of the Suffolk County District Court and finish off at the Four Corners at 12:45 p.m.
Many of the restaurants will be serving meals on the streets.
Families will also be able to enjoy the classic and Italian car show, children’s karaoke, face painting, a magician, dunk tank, a jester, and bouncy houses. Keep reading for more highlights for the feast.
Zeppole eating contest
Love zeppoles? Then you’re in luck. There’s a zeppole eating contest at 4 p.m. on the main stage on Main Street.
2023 Italian American of the Year
The 56th annual St. Liberata Festival will honor Robert Calarco as its 2023 Italian American of the Year. Calaraco served as a Suffolk County legislator for a decade and is currently an Assistant Regional Director for the New York State Department of Conservation.
Any money pinned to the statue of Saint Liberata will be contributed to the charitable causes of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Frances de Sales Outreach.
Vino in the Village
During the feast, some restaurants will be participating in “Vino in the Village,” a wine crawl for $20 a person, allowing patrons to try a variety of wines while receiving a commemorative souvenir glass.
The annual bocce ball tournament will happen in front of the 6th District Court and Carnegie Library on West Main Street.
For further information, contact the event’s organizer the Greater Patchogue Foundation at 631-207-1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are photos from last year’s event.
Top: File photo from last year’s Patchogue Italian Festival of St. Liberata. (File/ Nicholas Grasso)