Milwaukee’s Best Sauce Contest

Welcome to Festa Italiana’s official
Milwaukee’s Best Sauce contest!

Presented By St. Rita Square

St. Rita Square is presenting the Milwaukee’s Best Sauce competition at Festa Italiana on Saturday, September 24. Ten finalists, selected earlier in the month by a panel of Italian Community Center judges, will compete for both the People’s Choice vote AND prizes determined by a celebrity panel of judges. A FREE public tasting will take place in the Cucina tent at Festa from 11 – 2 pm before our celebrity judges make a final decision on their choice for Milwaukee’s Best Sauce 2022!

The Public tasting and voting round is designed for people 12 years and older. One ballot per person.

All sauce entries are vegetarian marinara sauces.


  • Date

    Saturday, September 24, 2022

  • Location

    Cucina tent at Festa Italiana, 631 E Chicago Street, Milwaukee

  • Time

    11 am – 3 pm. (Public tasting will run from 11 am – 2 pm, until supplies last)

  • Cost


  • Timeline

    Public Tasting: 11am – 2 pm
    Celebrity Judging: 2 pm – 2:30 pm
    Awards Presentation 2:45 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Celebrity Judges

    Jim Tarantino
    Adam Pawlak
    Maria Bartolotta

Jim Taratino

Questions? Contact Kim Irwin at (262) 798-9239 or [email protected]