May 14, 2009
Local Italian wine, food festival cancelled

Looks like it's luci spente (lights out) for the Italian Cultural Society's Annual Wine and Food Festival in Carmichael this Sunday.

Presale tickets weren't going as well as anticipated so organizers decided to cancel the event, said Bill Cerruti, the society's executive director.

"We're getting a lot of last minute people and probably could have pulled it off, but we weren't sure," he said.

People who purchased advance tickets will have their money refunded.

The event typically attracts about 100 to 200 people and the society plans to hold the wine and food gathering next year, Cerutti said.

"We had good entertainment lined up," he said. "This has just been an uncertain year."

Italian culture lovers have no fear - the society still plans on holding its Summer Italian Festival August 1 and 2 at the Croation Community Center.

"It's all set to go," Cerutti said.

For ticket information about the summer festival, e-mail the society or call (916) 482-5900.

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