The 12th Annual Italian Heritage Festival, presented by the Italian-American Club of Hilton Head, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island.

The event features food, wine and music that expresses the Italian-American cultural experience.

As in years past, food booths will line the pathways at Honey Horn with local restaurants serving up portions of their signature dishes. Cooking demonstrations are scheduled throughout the afternoon, while volunteers will prepare traditional Italian dessert favorites like cannoli and zeppole. 

There are also educational booths, a Kid’s Zone, and Italian arts and crafts. Entertainment for the day includes live music from the Hilton Head Plantation Big Band, and competitions including grape stomping and pizza eating. 

October is officially Italian American Heritage Month in South Carolina, signed into law in 2015 by Governor Nikki Haley.  “We are always grateful for the local support and turn-out,” says IACHH president, John De Cecco.

In keeping with the community focus, proceeds from the Italian Festival go to local charities and scholarships.

Tickets are $6 at the gate and in advance and parking is free (handicap parking is available). For more information, contact Paul Caimano at or 412-897-1148, or visit