Buon Appetito: Federal Hill’s first-ever summer festival kicks off in Providence

The first-ever summer festival starts Friday, June 23, 2017, and runs through the weekend, ending Sunday, June 25, 2017, at 10 p.m. (WJAR)

One of Rhode Island's most iconic places is inviting everyone to participate in a brand new tradition.

The first-ever summer festival on Federal Hill starts Friday and runs through the weekend, ending Sunday at 10 p.m.

“The business community (and) the residents all got together and we’re really excited about the opportunity to do this,” said Rick Simone, the executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association.

The festival is expected to bring in thousands all weekend. That means big money and exposure to the businesses in the area.

“Federal Hill is a destination --it always has been," said Domenic Ierfino of Roma. "To have all the great restaurants and shops and the markets like Roma and Tony’s and Venda, of course.”

Others shared similar sentiments.

“It’s one of the best venues in the entire city, the best food by in the entire city," added Michael Costantino of Venda Ravioli. "You can’t get a bad meal anywhere.”

The festival is attracting people from all over New England.

“It’s (going to be) a good tradition they have here," said Chyna Lopes of Grafton, Mass. "It gets everybody involved -- all the cultures and the food. Nothing beats the smell of this festival.”

“I just like walking the streets, seeing all the Italian people, fun food,” added Marina Alberti of Boston.

“As an Italian myself, It’s all about family,” explained Ierfino. “It’s about family, it’s about food, it’s about tradition, and that’s what Federal Hill’s all about.”

On Sunday, parishioners from the Catholic diocese will honor Saint Joseph with a procession at noon after an Italian Mass at 11a.m. at Holy Ghost Church.

Atwells Avenue will be closed from Dean to Sutton Streets for the entire festival.

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