Meet the Ringmaster Pasta Dinner – April 7, 2015

UPDATE: Due to a snowstorm that hit the Bridgeport area, we have rescheduled the Meet the Ringmaster Pasta Dinner to Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 6 p.m. at Testo’s. For those of you who have reserved/purchased tables or tickets, they are transferable to that date. Please call the Barnum Festival office at 203.367.8495 if you have questions or need more information.


2015 Ringmaster Fred Hall, VP and General Manager of the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, has been hard at work since his selection as this year’s Ringmaster  to put together the upcoming Festival’s slate of events. “We’ve got some exciting things planned, a different twist on some of our core events, and we’re moving forward to make 2015 a bigger and even more exciting Festival than ever,” Hall said.

Hall, joined by Festival Executive Director Elaine Ficarra, will reveal this year’s program at the upcoming Meet the Ringmaster Pasta Dinner on April 7, 2015, at 6 p.m. at Testo’s Ristorante in Bridgeport. Tickets at $40 each and include a full pasta dinner and dessert. Make your reservations now by calling the Barnum Festival Office at  203.367.8495. Put together a table of 10 with your business associates, friends or fellow volunteers — you’ll be the first to know what’s on tap for this year’s Festival, and you know you’ll always enjoy the food at Testo’s.

The Barnum Festival has been an annual tradition in Bridgeport and surrounding towns for 67 years, producing a roster of low-and-no-cost events that celebrate the community and pay homage to Bridgeport’s most famous resident: P.T. Barnum. “It takes a lot of fundraising and support from community members throughout the region to make the Festival happen,” Hall said.

“Our sponsors help defray the cost of many of our free and low-cost events, allowing the Festival to continue to serve the community and provide a fun, family-friendly, civic celebration kicks off the summer season leading up to the Fourth of July, ” said Ficarra. “We wouldn’t be able to do what we do for the greater Bridgeport community without the generosity of our sponsors, and we always welcome new sponsors to join in promoting the Festival and their businesses.”

In addition, the Festival holds fundraisers, such as the Meet the Ringmaster Pasta Dinner, and the ever-popular Barnum Sails the Sound, where the proceeds also help fund upcoming events.

Sponsors are promoted through event signage, advertising and online on the Festival’s website If you or your company are interested in sponsoring a Festival event, please contact Executive Director Elaine Ficarra at