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Treating your sense at the Italian Street Festival in Indianapolis

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 18:15:02-04

INDIANAPOLIS — It's time to treat your sense at this year's Italian Street Festival! Things are underway with live music and fun.

Ten thousand homemade meatballs and 400 bags of cream to fill cannolis made by Italians are needed for the festival. What's their most significant piece of advice when making authentic Italian food?

"Garlic, everything has garlic, and everything takes time," Lisa Meister, with the Italian Street Festival, said. "There's no rush; you cannot rush making good Italian food."

It takes weeks to get food ready to go for about 40,000 people over Friday and Saturday. There are 25 mouth-watering food stands and the money raised goes to the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Their pastor says this festival means much more than just receiving donations to help maintain their ministry.

"There are probably 1,000 volunteers that come down to help for the community as a whole," Father Ryan McCarthy said. "Getting to invite people in, teach them a little bit about the Italian culture and heritage here, the history of the Italian people here in Indianapolis and also the exposure to the church as well."

Over the next two days, you can enjoy the sights and sounds from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for free.

Parking is also free across the street at Eli Lilly, with varying prices for food and drinks.