Almost everyone I know enjoys a delicious chicken cutlet, some pasta with meatballs and fried dough. What do all of these items have in common? They will be featured at First Friday Poughkeepsie’s San Gennaro event at Dongan Square Park on October 5th.

This is First Friday’s last event for the 2018 season and the committee is bringing you the best Poughkeepsie has to offer. I am 2018’s co-chair, along with Amanda Baxter, President of R.L. Baxter Building Corporation, and we are proud to bring you over 50 vendors in the “Little Italy” section of our Queen City.

Local restaurants such as Rossi’s Deli, Cosimo’s of Poughkeepsie, and Coppola’s at Liberty and Main will be there serving your favorite Italian dishes. Other local establishments, such as Heritage Food & Drink, Schatzi’s, and many others will be serving their favorites as well!

Performers such as Bosco and The Storm and The Midnite Image Band will sing and dance the night away. A special performance by Roberto Millanese will feature some Italian classics. Kayla Rae and Racheal Hendrix will sing some of your favorite hits.

Love cannolis? You can enter our 2nd annual cannoli eating contest! There will also be a Halloween Costume Contest for all ages.

From delicious Italian inspired food, to incredible entertainment and games for the whole family, First Friday Poughkeepsie is sure to have something for everyone. The First Friday Poughkeepsie Facebook page has been building up with over 2,500 people interested in attending the event - our local area is excited to attend!

If you’re a vendor interested in attending First Friday Poughkeepsie, go to and fill out the vendor application form.

Join us at First Friday Poughkeepsie on October 5th! We can’t wait to see you there!

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Michelle Barone-Lepore

SVP, Marketing

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