The festival mimics celebrations of summer in Europe and the famed Carnevale in Venice, a Lenten observance that began more than 850 years ago.
Each evening, the sister resorts will feature the Masquerade, during which costumed characters re-create the romance and mystery of the historic Venetian celebration. “Ciao Bella!” another nightly activity, will feature live music and mixology lessons.
A variety of events are planned for summer. For example, popular Australian chef Curtis Stone will host the Curtis Stone Up-Close and Personal Weekend July 26 and 27. Fans can try recipes from the chef’s newest cookbook during a five-course meal with wine pairings. A Champagne reception is included in the $200 price of admission.
A Giro D’Italia (Tour of Italy) Wine and Food Walk is scheduled for Aug. 9 at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. Tickets are priced at $29 plus tax.
Some of the special activities will be limited to hotel guests and members of Grazie, the resorts’ players club.