The Feast of the Seven Fishes Festival is held the second Saturday in December to celebrate the Italian Christmas Eve tradition. It’s a one day event with food, shopping, music, cooking demos, fish, and a street market.Little old ladies dancing to polka, authentic cuisine, and a community preserving a once-fading tradition— a festival brings a bit of Italy to the forefront in historic Fairmont.The Marion County community invites people to share its Italian heritage at the Feast of the Seven Fishes Festival on Dec. 13. The centerpiece of the festival is the food.Reviving the Italian tradition of a “meatless” family holiday feast, demos from the Festival Cucina cooking school show visitors how to make a variety of the courses from gourmet seafood, praise-worthy sides and decedent desserts – all step by step, so they can take the tradition home.The recipes change, so festival-goers can learn to cook new meals, all authentic Italian cuisine. Local restaurants will also showcase their heritage ties, with cultural favorites like lupine beans, fried smelt, stuffed calamari, pastries and breads.The public can also show off their own culinary prowess in the homemade contests, of Italian favorites of course— wine and cookies.
Hours: 11AM - 7PM