What?!? ANOTHER festival in Bethlehem?

Just when you thought, “there couldn’t possibly be any room, time or resources to launch another festival in Bethlehem,” the Lehigh Valley Chamber is trying out one more. It’s happening this Thursday, July 10th from 6-8pm in the Sun Inn Court Yard. Come se dice, ‘Italiano’?  Yes, that’s right – we’re trying out an Italian Festival on for size. And why not?

Bethlehem LOVES festivals. We love community building celebrations that involve food, merriment, music and any other reason to gather folks near the businesses to support the local economy. So why Italian? Well, there are the four Italian restaurants on Main Street that will be open before, during and after the concert. And there are other Italian restaurants close enough to list because they are all within one or two blocks access to the Sun Inn Courtyard. Here’s a list of places with links to their websites: Mama Nina’s, Molto Pazzo, The Brick, Tre Scalini Ristorante, and Little Italy on Main.

Anyone who’s spent time on a college campus knows that pizza is a staple food item, right next to Red Bull and coffee. Maybe it could be said that college students are definitely pizza tasting experts. But have they really tried comparing pizzas available on the north side to the amazing South Side places? Here’s a good chance to do that. Oh, and a few of them offer gelato. Just sayin’…….

Lehigh Valley Italian-American Band

Lehigh Valley Italian-American Band

To get folks in the spirit of the festival, the Lehigh Valley Italian American band will perform. The Brick will be selling pizza and beverages in the Courtyard. But any one who really wants to form a qualified opinion about the variety of Italian dining in Bethlehem should really try all of them. Can’t eat all that pasta in one night though. Looks like you might have to make a few trips across the river to check things out. Heck, you just may want to leave your car on campus to walk off all the carbs.

So practice your Italian accent, or learn to talk with your hands. Here’s a few phrases to get you started:

  • Buongiorno! (bwohn-johr-noh) (Hello! and Good morning!)

  • Arrivederci! (ahr-ree-veh-dehr-chee) (Goodbye!) (Formal)

  • Ciao! (chou) (Hello! and Good-bye!) (Informal)

  • Salve! (sahl-veh) (Hello! and Good-bye!) (Neutral)

  • Buonasera! (bwoh-nah-seh-rah) (Good afternoon! Good evening!) (Formal)

  • Buonanotte! (bwoh-nah-noht-teh) (Good night!) (Informal)

  • Come si chiama? (koh-meh see kyah-mah) (What is your name?) (Formal)

  • Come ti chiami? (koh-meh tee kyah-mee) (What is your name?) (Informal)

  • Mi chiamo…(mee kyah-moh) (My name is. . .)

  • Come sta? (koh-meh stah) (How are you?) (Formal)

  • Come stai? (koh-meh stahy) (How are you?) (Informal)

  • Bene, grazie. (beh-neh grah-tsee-eh) (Fine, thank you.)

Hope to see some Lehigh swag in North Bethlehem on Thursday night.