OC Hospitality and You

By Debbie Miller

OC Hospitality and You

Pelican Hill Presents Third Annual Festa dell’Autunno

The Resort at Pelican Hill®, Newport Beach’s only Five-Star resort, presents its third annual Festa dell’Autunno, an autumn festival that brings the traditions of Italy to Southern California’s own Tuscan seaside village.

Over the first weekend of autumn, September 20-22, visiting guests and locals will experience authentic Italian cuisine, live entertainment, art and children’s activities.

“We invite Resort guests and local guests are invited to gather under the California sun, amid olives trees and Italian architecture, just as those in similar Mediterranean climates across the globe do during this beautiful time of the year,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama.

“Expanding on our last two celebrations, this year’s Festa dell’Autunno weekend introduces new children’s activities at Camp Pelican, a special guest chef wine dinner at Andrea and an extraordinary Villa package, designed for our most discerning guests.”

The highlight of the three-day series of events, an Italian Street Festival on Saturday, September 21, features regional Italian cuisine, wine tasting, live music, visual arts, automobile exhibitions and an olive oil pressing demonstration.

Open to locals and Resort guests alike, Pelican Hill’s festive autumn series of events, dining and entertainment includes:

 Andrea Guest Chef Wine Dinner

Friday, September 20 from 6 – 10 p.m.

Savor a multi-course dinner inspired by the freshest autumn ingredients, paired with Italian wines and presented by guest chef Angelo Auriana, executive chef of San Francisco’s celebrated Northern Italian restaurant FARINA and previously executive chef of the critically acclaimed Italian restaurant Valentino in Santa Monica.

$175* per adult

Italian Street Festa

Saturday, September 21 from 12 – 5 p.m.

From regional Italian cuisine and wine to live music and visual arts, experience a traditional celebration of the harvest season along the Resort’s olive tree-lined Bungalow lanes.

$115* per adult, or $45* per child under age 12

Festa dell’Unitá

Saturday, September 21 from 6 – 10 p.m.

Celebrate the flavors of autumn with a family-style dining experience, live opera performances, music and dancing in a rustic outdoor setting.

$150* per adult

Prosecco Brunch & Art Auction

Sunday, September 22 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Festa weekend concludes with a festive alfresco brunch, including endless Prosecco mimosas, performances by a jazz trio and an art auction, featuring the presentation of charitable donations to the winning artists of the Resort’s second annual Festa Plein Air Painting Invitational.

$100* per adult, or $40* per child under age 12

Pelican Hill offers two Festa dell’Autunno accommodations packages:

Festa Weekend Package

Available September 20 & 21, 2013 only

Enjoy the complete Festa dell’Autunno experience with a Bungalow or Villa stay. Each package includes one night of accommodations, a special welcome amenity and entry to Saturday’s

Italian Street Festa, as follows:

Bungalows from $675* including two adult tickets

Two-Bedroom Villas from $1,155* including four adult tickets Three-Bedroom Villas from $1,635* including six adult tickets Four-Bedroom Villas from $2,470* including eight adult tickets

Festa Fantastica Package

Available September 20-22, 2013 only

Limited to just one exclusive booking for up to 10 guests over Festa dell’Autunno weekend, this exclusive experience features two nights in a luxurious four-bedroom Villa and a private Saturday evening chef’s dinner with rare Italian wine pairings for up to 10 guests, prepared in your Villa’s gourmet kitchen by Andrea’s Michelin-starred Chef Luigi Fineo. On Friday evening, enjoy Guest Chef Angelo Auriana’s Wine Dinner at Andrea Ristorante in a private dining room for up to 10 guests. Each guest also receives entry to Saturday’s Italian Street Festa event, Sunday’s Prosecco Brunch & Art Auction, a hand-painted Italian ceramic keepsake from the Resort’s collection, and a choice of one golf round or one 50-minute Amber Gold Signature Massage.

Four-Bedroom Villas from $30,000* for up to 10 guests

Available on select dates in August and September, Festa dell’Autunno children’s activities include:

Mini-Madonnari Chalk Painting

Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. on August 31, September 7 & 14

Inspired by Pelican Hill’s annual Festa dell’Autunno weekend and Italian traditions dating back to the Renaissance, Camp Pelican presents a special series of artist-led workshops for children ages 4 – 12. Professional artists will teach youngsters how to create vibrant chalk art and transform pavement into pictures, just like Madonnari street painters have done for centuries. Each child will take home a framed memento of their masterpiece.

$35 or complimentary for children enrolled in Camp Pelican

Carnevale dei Bambini

Saturday, September 21 from 12 – 5 p.m.

Camp Pelican presents a special Festa dell’Autunno half-day session for children ages 4-12. Children create their own artistic masterpieces of hand-decorated flags and Venetian masks before donning classic Renaissance-style costumes to participate in the Carnevale dei Bambini – the Children’s Carnival – under the guidance of Italian flag performers!

$95 including lunch and snacks

Cooking Class & Kid’s Night Out

Saturday, September 21 from 6 – 10 p.m.

Resort chefs teach children ages 4 – 12 the art of pizza-making, from rolling dough and making sauce to grating cheese and adding toppings. This interactive evening of fun with food also includes popcorn and a movie.

$60 including dinner
To purchase event tickets and packages, please contact us at 855-55-FESTA. Advance purchase recommended, as ticket quantities are limited. For more information, please visit pelicanhill.com/festa.

*Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

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