From October 8-11, The Resort at Pelican Hill® presents its fifth annual Festa dell’Autunno, an autumn festival that brings the traditions of Italy to Southern California’s own Tuscan seaside village. New this year, the weekend festivities begin on Thursday with a Guest Chef Wine Dinner at Pelican Grill, followed by two additional Guest Chef Wine Dinners at Andrea Ristorante on Friday and Saturday.
‘Resort guests and locals will savor the seasonally inspired autumn cuisine of not one, but two superb guest chefs from acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurants in Tuscany, said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. ‘Celebrating time-honored traditions like art, pageantry, music, food and wine, the flagship event of the weekend, Italian Street Festival, this year features a charming evening ambiance with olive tree-lined lanes and Palladian architecture illuminated after dark.
Pelican Hill’s signature autumn epicurean experience includes a variety of activities for all ages:
Italian Street Festa
Saturday, October 10
Experience a harvest season celebration from 2 to 8 p.m., along olive tree-lined Bungalow lanes, with Italian food and wine, live music and dancing, traditional art, a Mercato, Motori Italiani auto exhibits, bocce ball and traditional flag performances.
$125 per adult (wine, tax and service included); $55 per child under age 12 (tax and service included)
Carnevale dei Bambini at Camp Pelican
Saturday, October 10
From 2 to 8 p.m., Pelican Hill’s children’s retreat presents Festa dell’Autunno weekend activities for locals and guests alike. Designed for ages 4-12, Camp Pelican’s Children’s Carnival includes special afternoon and evening activities, including traditional Italian dancing, Venetian mask decorating, flag waving lessons and dressing up in classic Renaissance-style costumes for a Street Festa procession under the guidance of Italian flag performers! In the evening, the Resort pasta chef stops by for a cooking activity, followed by dinner, gelato and a screening ofPinocchio, the animated movie.
$95 per child (tax and service included)
Guest Chef Bocci at Pelican Grill
Thursday, October 8 from 6 – 10 p.m.
Chef Alessandro Bocci of Italy’s Michelin-starred All’Acquacotta restaurant at Terme Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort in Maremma presents a four-course dinner menu with paired wines, featuring the season’s best meat and fish.
$175 per person (wine pairings, tax and service included)
Guest Chef Lombardi at Andrea Ristorante
Friday, October 9 & Saturday, October 10
Chef Sebastiano Lombardi from the Michelin-starred Ristorante Il Pellicano in Tuscany’s seaside town of Porto Ercole presents a three-course lunch and five-course dinner menu, balancing tradition and innovation to feature the freshest autumn ingredients, paired with fine Italian wines. Lunch served from noon – 2:30 p.m., and dinner served from 6 – 10 p.m.
$225 per person for dinner; $80 per person for lunch (wine pairings, tax and service included)
Under the California Sun Jazz Brunch
Sunday, October 11
From endless Prosecco mimosas to endless ocean views, Festa weekend concludes with a festive al fresco jazz brunch 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$100 per adult; $45 per child under age 12 (Prosecco, tax and service included)
Festa Weekend Bungalow Package
Available October 10, 2015 only
Enjoy the complete Festa dell’Autunno experience with a Bungalow stay along Via Capri, two adult tickets to Saturday’s Italian Street Festa and two adult tickets to Sunday’s Under the California Sun Jazz Brunch. Receive a special Festa dell’Autunno weekend welcome amenity with our compliments.
Starting from $925 per night, plus applicable taxes, for double occupancy Bungalow accommodations
Event tickets and accommodation packages are available for purchase at pelicanhill.com/festa. For reservations and information by phone, please contact Pelican Hill’s Festa reservation specialists at 855-55-FESTA. Advance purchase recommended, as ticket quantities are limited. All pricing is inclusive of tax and service charges, unless otherwise noted.