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Summer Fireworks in Italy, Panforte

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Editor: Lisa Zatulovsky


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Although Fourth of July has passed and all of the celebratory fireworks displays and festivities have ended, the fireworks in Italy are just about to begin. Through the end of July into August, Italy’s “Fiori di Fuoco” takes the colorful pyrotechnics to a new level with their thirteenth annual World Championships of Fireworks. International pyrotechnic companies from Ukraine, Taiwan, Mexico, Germany and Switzerland compete and show off their spectacular fireworks displays. This year the competition is held in various regions throughout Italy including the beautiful settings of Verbania and Novara. Each location highlights some of Italy’s most stunning backdrops with grandiose mountains and poetic waterfalls.

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Streaking the night sky with explosive colors and stunning choreographed performances, Fiori di Fuoco displays the artistic vision of each extraordinary country. With dazzling lights luminescent like thousands of shooting stars, the fireworks championship has enthralled audiences with show-stopping performances, each one outdoing the next.



Even if you don’t get a chance to see the “Fiori di Fuoco” for yourself, baking Panforte, an Italian fruit cake full of sweet fruit and savory spice is a delightful addition to your morning coffee, or after a meal when paired with a dessert wine. Spices like cinnamon and clove mixed with honey and sugar make this cake chewy, dense and filling. Making a delicious Panforte Italian fruitcake incorporates festive morsels of dried candied fruit, spices and nuts into a bakery style fireworks display. When cutting into a slice you will see a menagerie of colorful fruits and nuts suspended in the cake, just like an explosive firework shooting up into the sky with hundreds of pieces of confetti-like candied fruits and nuts. Said to have been popular among European Crusaders, Panforte maintains its flavor and freshness. Unlike the fleeting brilliance of a fading firework, Panforte will satisfy your sweet tooth for weeks to come.

July 21-24- Festa Italiana, Milwaukee Wisconsin. The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati tm will be on stage at the Cucina Showcase each day. Maria Liberati will be signing copies of her latest award winning book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions For more info email:


July 29-31 Gourmet Food & Wine Show, Bally’s Casino, Atlantic  City, NJ. The Basic Art of Italian Cooking by Maria Liberati tm will be doing on stage demos throughout the event and Maria Liberati will be signing copies of her latest book

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