WARREN — The Italian Food Trail initially launched its 2020 Passport program March 9. One week later, restaurants were ordered to close their in-house dining.
The Trumbull County Tourism Bureau, which developed the program in 2018, paused all promotion of the program. But after restrictions were lifted and new health and safety measures were put in place, the 2020 Italian Food Trail Passport program is resuming this week and will run through the end of November.
Beth Carmichael, executive director of the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau, said in a news release that “relaunching in June still gives people plenty of time to collect the stamps and complete the Passport.”
Participants traveling to any of the stops have the option of ordering food to go or dining in. When participants make a purchase of either an appetizer, entrée or dessert, their passport will receive a stamp from that site. Those who receive all 17 stamps can submit their completed passport back to the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau and will have 17 chances to win one of the $50 gift certificates from participating sites. The first 100 people to collect nine stamps and return their passport to the office will receive an Italian Food Trail hat. Detailed instructions are included in the passport.
“We’re excited to showcase the rich Italian culture we have in our area to a wider audience through the trail and the passport program,” Beth Kane, marketing manager of the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau, said in an earlier news release. “People traveling to passport stops will find a range of food options — from wine varietals and warm, cozy dinners, to a quick bite at a pizzeria.”Passports are free and are available at the food sites, the Trumbull County Tourism office or online at ItalianFoodTrail.com while supplies last.