We’re proud of our cultural heritage and it shows. Every time we remember our ancestors ~ every time we laugh, work, or gather our families close to us at day’s end … we’re embracing the traditions and values that made our ancestors strong, and we’re thankful to have their strength in our veins today.
Our assimilation of Italian heritage to American culture is one of the most significant and successful achievements of the 20th century. We have surpassed the dreams and desires of our forefathers when they first arrived on these shores in the late 19th and early 20th century. Their consistent faith, integrity, love of Family, and the ambition to succeed despite all obstacles placed in their path paved the way for proud future generations.
The Columbus Italian Heritage Foundation believes that as we look to the future together, we should always remember and revere our past, while never forgetting the sacrifices of those who came before us. Bringing Culture to Life … it’s more than just a catchy phrase ~ it’s what we do every single day and it’s the sole reason this Festival exists.
Whether you stop at our Italian-American Cultural Heritage Experience tent and research a hometown in Italy you’ve only heard about in whispers from nonna, or sample one of the many delectable Italian specialties to tempt your palette, or perhaps you’re interested in listening to traditional or contemporary Italian standards that will take you back to another time … that’s the legacy of our forefathers. It’s our heritage, it’s our culture and it’s our passion … and we want to share that love and joy with you! Buona feste!