FRONTENAC — Rigatoni, Italian sausage, ravioli, cannoli and more will all be available for tasting during Festa Italiana on Saturday.

The event is hosted by Frontenac Education Foundation which provides scholarships for Frontenac High School graduates.

“All of the proceeds from Festa go to our student scholarship program we offer,” Frontenac Education Foundation President and Chair Ann Brown said. “Each graduating student from Frontenac will receive $150 scholarship for each semester of college they are in for four years.”

Festa has been a tradition for the Frontenac community since 1999 and at first could only offer $50 scholarships per semester. The event was created to relieve some of the costs of college tuition and textbooks.

Brown said the foundation hopes to one day provide even more scholarship money to FHS graduates. Each year they are able to provide about 225 scholarships with a total of approximately $33,000 year.

Last year, Festa raised a little over $50,000 through food sample tickets, auction and wine tasting.

This year there will be 80 cook volunteers, a dance presentation, the annual cannoli eating contest. In addition to wine tasting, beer tasting provided by Eagle Beverage will be available.

Want to go?

Festa Italiana will start at 5 p.m. on Saturday behind the Raiders Sports Complex.

Tickets are $10 for five tastes and can be purchased before the event at at Raider Express, Pickled Pete's Bar & Grill, Shooters, Palluccas, City of Frontenac, Labette Bank and Community Bank in Frontenac. Tickets can also be purchased at the event.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.