Are you ready for a weekend full of Italian dishes? it's coming August 5, 6 and 7. 

If you're from the Rockford Area, you are well aware that Festa Italiana is on the way.

Three full days of fun, music, good food and good drinks, starts tomorrow, August 5, at Boylan High School.

This year marks the 43rd year of Festa Italiana, which the organization refers to as 'one big family reunion.'

I don't know about you but when I hear about an Italian fest, the first thing I'm thinking about is the food!

Obviously we'll find some delicious Italian eats but what specifically?

Thankfully some of the Festa Italiana crew stopped by Good Day Stateline this week and filled me on what to expect this year.

First, we have the Arancini, which is an Italian rice ball, stuffed and coated with breadcrumbs and deep fried, this is a Sicilian tradition.

TSM
TSM
loading...

Then we have the Italian Beef Sandwich... I'm not sure you need me to explain that one to you..

TSM
TSM
loading...

What about this one? The tri-paste plate? Well, here you'll find pasta covered in three different sauces, a traditional tomato sauce, an alfredo sauce and a pesto sauce.

TSM
TSM
loading...

And you have to have dessert right? There's no way we're skimping on desserts like this... cannoli which is also deep fried, and as an Italian I will tell you these reign supreme in comparison to other Italian sweets.

TSM
TSM
loading...

What will you eat first?

Five Best Places For Chicken Alfredo In Rockford

LOOK: Food history from the year you were born

From product innovations to major recalls, Stacker researched what happened in food history every year since 1921, according to news and government sources.