The Italian Benevolent Society of Amador County will host its annual Italian Picnic and Parade for three days at the Italian Picnic Grounds in Sutter Creek, 581 Highway 49. The event includes a spaghetti eating contest.
Since 1882, the society – after Italian immigrants came to avoid being drafted into the army during a time of turmoil – has put on a picnic and parade celebrating Italian food, wine and song. The event launches at 5 p.m. Friday with live music, bocce tournaments and games until midnight. The celebration continues noon to midnight Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
At 6 p.m. Friday, there will be tastings from from 14 wineries, two breweries and various olive oil companies. Admission is $20 and includes appetizers. At 7 p.m., Saturday, there will be an all-you-can-eat chicken and ravioli dinner for $25.
If you want to enter the spaghetti eating contest, which begins Saturday, just show up and sign up, said Rich Kendall, an officer with the Benevolent Society. The finals will be held Sunday. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Sutter Creek and travels for a mile to the Benevolent Society Hall. For more information or to buy tickets, go to italianbenevolentsociety.com.