Feast of the Seven Fishes

December 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM | Posted in seafood | Leave a comment
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The Feast of the Seven Fishes (Italian: Festa dei sette pesci), also known as The Vigil (Italian: La Vigilia), is a celebration of Christmas Eve with meals of fish and other seafood.

 

 

Fried calamares

Fried calamares

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American Christmas celebration. Today, it is a feast that typically consists of seven different seafood dishes. However, some Italian-American families have been known to celebrate with nine, eleven or thirteen different seafood dishes. This celebration commemorates the wait, the Vigilia di Natale, for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus. It is unclear when the term “Feast of the Seven Fishes” was popularized.

 

 

 

The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstinence – in this case, refraining from the consumption of meat or milk products – on Wednesdays, Fridays and (in the Latin Church) Saturdays, as well as during Lent and on the eve of specific holy days. As no meat or butter could be used on such days, observant Catholics would instead eat fish, typically fried in oil.
The meal may include seven, eight, or even nine specific fishes that are considered traditional. The most famous dish Southern Italians are known for is baccalà (salted cod fish). The custom of celebrating with a simple fish such as baccalà is attributed to the greatly impoverished regions of Southern Italy. Fried smelts, calamari and other types of seafood have been incorporated into the Christmas Eve dinner over the years.

 

 

 

The meal’s components may include some combination of anchovies, whiting, lobster, sardines, dried salt cod, smelts, eels, squid, octopus, shrimp, mussels and clams.[2] The menu may also include pastas, vegetables, baked or fried kale patties, baked goods and homemade wine. This tradition remains very popular to this day.

 

Skewered whelks

Skewered whelks

Popular dishes:

Baccalà (salt cod) with pasta, as a salad or fried
Baked cod
Cod fish balls in tomato sauce
Deep fried cod
Deep fried fish/shrimp
Deep fried scallops
Dolphinfish (Baked or Fried)
Fried smelts
Insalata di mare (seafood salad)
Linguine with anchovy, clam, lobster, tuna, or crab sauce
Marinated or fried eel
Octopus salad
Oyster shooters
Scungilli salad
Stuffed calamari in tomato sauce
Stuffed-baked lobsters
Stuffed-baked quahogs
Whiting

 

 

 

September 6-8, 2013 Italian Fall Festa – Kettering, Ohio

September 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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September 6-8, 2013 Italian Fall Festa – Kettering, OhioItalian Fall Fest
A weekend of great Italian food, wonderful Italian music, good friends, and a fun game of Bocce on the beautiful, spacious, shaded grounds of Bella Villa! Dinners, Meatball Madness 5K and spaghetti eating contest.

 
Benvenuti! – Welcome!!
Join us for our Annual Italian Fall Festa!
A weekend of wonderful Italian music, great Italian food, good friends, and a fun game of Bocce on the beautiful, spacious, shaded grounds of Bella Villa!

 
http://www.italianfallfesta.com/

North Ridgeville Corn Festival and the Tuscarawas County Italian-American Festival

August 6, 2013 at 9:39 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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I wanted to pass along a couple of festivals going on this weekend here in Ohio.

 

August 9-11, 2013 North Ridgeville Corn Festival – North Ridgeville, Ohio
The 39th festival will feature Sweet’s corn steamed or roasted. Enjoy musical entertainment, parade, arts and crafts show, amusement rides, games, food, corn eating contest, 5 & 10k run, car show and horseshoe tournament.

 

http://www.nrcornfest.org/

 

 

 
August 9-11, 2013 Tuscarawas County Italian-American Festival – Dover, Ohio
25th Annual Festival. Home Cooking at Authentic Italian-American Heritage Tent, plus variety of delicious Food Vendors, Games, Amusement Rides, Beverage Garden & comfortable seating.

 
http://www.tuscitalianamerican.org/

July 13-15, 2012 65th Annual Italian American Festival – Akron, Ohio

July 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM | Posted in Festivals, Food, grilling | 1 Comment
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July 13-15, 2012 65th Annual Italian American Festival – Akron, Ohio
Sponsored by the Italian-American Council, the festival will offer food, contests, music, fireworks and more. Attendance: 50,000.

FRIDAY 11 AM – MIDNIGHT SATURDAY NOON – MIDNIGHT SUNDAY NOON – 9 PM
The 65th Annual Italian-American Festival begins Friday, July 13th at 11 am, and this year things are shaping up to make this the best festival yet! Download our schedule and plan to spend the whole weekend with good food, good music, and good friends at beautiful Lock 3 in downtown Akron!
Let’s see if we can make this our 4th year in a row Akron Beacon Journal readers vote us the Top Festival in Summit County in the Beacon’s Best Poll!

http://www.it-am.org/

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