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The Fogolar Furlan of Windsor is proudly celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2011. In honour of this special occasion we are throwing a huge party called POLENTAFEST on Saturday, September 24th! POLENTAFEST is an all ages event for the communities of Windsor, Essex County, and beyond! The main feature of this festival is a Guinness World Records™ attempt to make the world's largest Polenta!
What is Polenta?
Polenta is a dish made from fine-ground boiled cornmeal and has a smooth, creamy texture. It is a hearty peasant food served with sauces, sausages & salumi, or stews containing beef, veal and pork.
Polenta originates from the Friuli region of Italy, the homeplace of the members of the Fogolar Furlan Club. It is a staple dish in every Furlan household and is a perfect food for sharing!
Don't miss the party! - Saturday, September 24, 2011
The gates open at 10am as we begin boiling 2250 litres of water for the record-setting polenta. Starting at 12pm and lasting throughout the day, barbeque food items will be available in addition to beer, wine, and refreshments. Children's activities including bouncing castles, face painting, 18' slide and cotton candy will be available from 12-5pm. A wood carver will also be on hand giving live demonstrations throughout the day.
The outdoor cooking area where the polenta will be made.
Guinness World Records™
The culmination of our efforts will occur between 3-4pm, at which time the polenta will be weighed and judged by an official Guinness World Records™ adjudicator! You won't want to miss it! After judging, free servings of polenta will be available for all guests (selected toppings sold separately).
Throughout the day we will have live music suitable for all ages. From noon through 4pm a selection of young acoustic acts will perform, including Brendan Friel, David Pinard, Ed Leblanc, Lauren S, Clinton Hammond, Adriel, Shortcut to Last, and Laura Palumbo. From 5-9pm, Beatles tribute band Liverpool Echo will get the party started! Finally from 9pm-1am, Big Louie & the Band will send us off into the night with the best of Motown, Pop, Disco and Classic tunes!
Admission is $2 and goes to benefit the Windsor Downtown Mission. Children 10 & under are free. Free parking is available on site.
What would an Italian festival be without a bocce ball tournament? Registration costs $30 each and includes your entry fee and the awards dinner. Teams will be chosen "al capello" (by random draw). Please contact Amelio Chiandussi (966-4605), Dolores Todero (944-2760), or Sandra Jones (966-2486) if you are interested in participating. Games begin at 9am.
If you're interested in helping out in any way, please contact Angela Volpatti at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of tasks. Don't be shy!
Let's be serious, how often is a new world record set in your own backyard? Come join us for this truly once-in-a-lifetime event! Spread the word, try something new, bring some friends and celebrate the last weekend of summer at the Fogolar Furlan Club.