I'm loving the idea of a local Italfest on this side of the pond, surely. And far be it for me to want to throw water on the road trip rally cry.
thought (reality check) to a Canadian based offline is the (legal) bottle limitation coming over the border (it's 2 per person). Now you can bring as many as you want, and Customs will just tack duty on anything over the 2/person (about 65% the claimed value, I believe). Now this will be almost a non issue for the RV boys. But for the cowboys, and others flying into this shindig, it's an issue to consider.
Now, all that to say that, we Canadians have been dealing with this issue, in the reverse, for years so maybe no issue at all. Just some up front creativity required is all I'm sayin'.
And yes, it's not looking good for D and I to get over to 'the big one' in Italy.
Hate to say it, but times are, admittedly, just a tad touchy these days and that trip will likely have to hold a little, for us anyway. I do know there is a small group still planned to go and will be there.
Frustrating to miss, but a likely reality.
(Sorry, my friend, Jochems. Just an unfortunate delay in time)