Pelican Hill’s 3rd Annual Festa Dell’Autunno Weekend Features Italian Street Festa and Chef Wine Dinner

The Resort at Pelican Hill®, Newport Beach’s only Five-Star resort, presents its third annual Festa dell’Autunno, an autumn festival that brings the traditions of Italy to  Southern California’s own Tuscan seaside village. Over the first weekend of autumn, September 20-22, visiting guests and locals will experience authentic Italian cuisine, live entertainment, art and children’s activities.

“We invite Resort guests and local guests to gather under the California sun, amid olives trees and Italian architecture, just as those in similar Mediterranean climates across the globe do during this beautiful time of the year,” said Pelican Hill Managing Director Giuseppe Lama. “Expanding on our last two celebrations, this year’s Festa dell’Autunno weekend introduces new children’s activities at Camp Pelican, a special guest chef wine dinner at Andrea and an extraordinary Villa package, designed for our most discerning guests.”

The highlight of the three-day series of events, an Italian Street Festival on Saturday, September 21, features regional Italian cuisine, wine tasting, live music, visual arts, automobile exhibitions and an olive oil pressing demonstration. Open to locals and Resort guests alike, Pelican Hill’s festive autumn series of events, dining and entertainment includes:

Andrea Guest Chef Wine Dinner
Friday, September 20 from 6 – 10 p.m.
Savor a multi-course dinner inspired by the freshest autumn ingredients, paired with Italian wines and presented by guest chef Angelo Auriana, executive chef of San Francisco’s celebrated Northern Italian restaurant FARNIA and previously executive chef of the critically acclaimed Italian restaurant Valentino in Santa Monica.
$175* per adult

Italian Street Festa
Saturday, September 21 from 12 – 5 p.m.
From regional Italian cuisine and wine to live music and visual arts, experience a traditional celebration of the harvest season along the Resort’s olive tree-lined Bungalow lanes.
$115* per adult, or $45* per child under age 12

Festa dell’Unitá
Saturday, September 21 from 6 – 10 p.m.
Celebrate the flavors of autumn with a family-style dining experience, live opera performances, music and dancing in a rustic outdoor setting.
$150* per adult

Prosecco Brunch & Art Auction
Sunday, September 22 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Festa weekend concludes with a festive alfresco brunch, including endless Prosecco mimosas, performances by a jazz trio and an art auction, featuring the presentation of charitable donations to the winning artists of the Resort’s second annual Festa Plein Air Painting Invitational.
$100* per adult, or $40* per child under age 12

Pelican Hill offers two Festa dell’Autunno accommodations packages:

Festa Weekend Package
Available September 20 & 21, 2013 only
Enjoy the complete Festa dell’Autunno experience with a Bungalow or Villa stay. Each package includes one night of accommodations, a special welcome amenity and entry to Saturday’s Italian Street Festa, as follows:
Bungalows from $675* including two adult tickets
Two-Bedroom Villas from $1,155* including four adult tickets
Three-Bedroom Villas from $1,635* including six adult tickets
Four-Bedroom Villas from $2,470* including eight adult tickets

Festa Fantastica Package
Available September 20-22, 2013 only
Limited to just one exclusive booking for up to 10 guests over Festa dell’Autunno weekend, this exclusive experience features two nights in a luxurious four-bedroom Villa and a private Saturday evening chef’s dinner with rare Italian wine pairings for up to 10 guests, prepared in your Villa’s gourmet kitchen by Andrea’s Michelin-starred Chef Luigi Fineo. On Friday evening, enjoy Guest Chef Angelo Auriana’s Wine Dinner at Andrea Ristorante in a private dining room for up to 10 guests. Each guest also receives entry to Saturday’s Italian Street Festa event, Sunday’s Prosecco Brunch & Art Auction, a hand-painted Italian ceramic keepsake from the Resort’s collection, and a choice of one golf round or one 50-minute Amber Gold Signature Massage.
Four-Bedroom Villas from $30,000* for up to 10 guests

Available on select dates in August and September, Festa dell’Autunno children’s activities include:

Mini-Madonnari Chalk Painting
Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. on August 31, September 7 & 14
Inspired by Pelican Hill’s annual Festa dell’Autunno weekend and Italian traditions dating back to the Renaissance, Camp Pelican presents a special series of artist-led workshops for children ages 4 – 12. Professional artists will teach youngsters how to create vibrant chalk art and transform pavement into pictures, just like Madonnari street painters have done for centuries. Each child will take home a framed memento of their masterpiece.
$35 or complimentary for children enrolled in Camp Pelican

Carnevale dei Bambini
Saturday, September 21 from 12 – 5 p.m.
Camp Pelican presents a special Festa dell’Autunno half-day session for children ages 4-12. Children create their own artistic masterpieces of hand-decorated flags and Venetian masks before donning classic Renaissance-style costumes to participate in the Carnevale dei Bambini – the Children’s Carnival – under the guidance of Italian flag performers!
$95 including lunch and snacks
Cooking Class & Kid’s Night Out
Saturday, September 21 from 6 – 10 p.m.
Resort chefs teach children ages 4 – 12 the art of pizza-making, from rolling dough and making sauce to grating cheese and adding toppings. This interactive evening of fun with food also includes popcorn and a movie.
$60 including dinner

To purchase event tickets and packages, please contact us at 855-55-FESTA. Advance purchase recommended, as ticket quantities are limited. For more information, please visit

*Prices exclude tax and gratuity.

About Pelican Hill®
Set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, The Resort at Pelican Hill® features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments, immersing guests in the absolute finest of everything; 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces; a rejuvenating Five-Star spa with a menu of the world’s most celebrated therapies; world-class restaurants, including Andrea serving authentic Northern Italian cuisine; an iconic “Coliseum Pool,” one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas; and Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas. A Five-Star, Five-Diamond destination, Pelican Hill has earned acclaim as the 2012 Grand Resort selected by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report; as Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 100” World’s Best Hotels (2011 Readers’ Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011).

The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes the Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city’s landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city’s only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.

About the Irvine Company
The Irvine Company is an internationally renowned real estate development company known for its award-winning master-planned communities, its vast portfolio of high-quality investment properties and its leadership in conservation and natural resource management.  The growing real estate portfolio encompasses office, apartment, retail and resort holdings located throughout California’s premier markets, including assets in San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, and holdings in Northern California.  As a steward of some of America’s most beautiful and scientifically important open space and parklands, the company has donated more than half of the historic 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch in Orange County — 50,000 acres — to permanently preserve these lands. The U.S. Department of Interior and the State of California have designated these parklands as “Natural Landmarks,” one of the most prestigious land preservation designations. The privately held, diversified company traces its roots to the 1860s with the formation of The Irvine Ranch® from Mexican and Spanish land grants.