Ciao amici e benvenuti to all things Italian at La Fiera - Italian Festival in beautiful Mytleford. Running for 6 days from Tuesday 16 May to Sunday 21 May 2017, the festival promises lots of fun the Italian way!
The La Fiera festival returns, bigger and better than ever in 2017 and really is a jam-packed event. The fun kicks off with Celebrazie Michelini at Michelini Wines on Tuesday 16 May. Tickets are $35 per person and includes complimentary sparkling wine on arrival and supper. Bookings and tickets are available from Michelini Wines Cellar Door: (03) 57 51 1990.
On Wednesday and Thursday there are 4 events each day including the Torneo Annuale at the Myrtleford Golf Club. For further information call 0400 566 935 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Each evening at Club Savoy during La Fiera, dishes from different regions of Italy will feature on the menu. As an example, Wednesday's menu will feature Congiglio Brasato Alla Ligure (Ligurian style braised rabbit with white wine, pine nuts, tomato and olives). Bookings on (03) 5751 1296 are strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Sounds delizioso.
Tastes of Italy presented by Gapsted Wines, allows you to enjoy three courses with matched Italian wine for $49. Bookings are recommended on (03) 5751 1383.
Things really start to heat up come the Friday with plenty to choose from including the Harvest Feast with Stefano Manfredi, again at Gapsted Wines. Italian-born chef and author Stefano, will prepare an exquisite meal showcasing the region's finest produce. Tickets are $130/person and bookings are essential on (03) 5751 1383.
Saturday promises to be a fun-filled day. Commencing at 9am with a special Mass and Procession for St. Anthony of Padua in the piazza (town square). The procession of veterans from the Italian Army's Alpini Brigade and community members will carry the statue of St. Anthony along Clyde Street. Free entry.
Music and Entertainment
One of the most popular events is the morning walk foraging for wild mushrooms with expert guides on the outskirts of Myrtleford. Learn where to find and how to choose the right ones and avoid the toadstools. Tickets will be available online at 9am on 6 May and as there are limited numbers, you'll need to get in quick. The mushroom forage is also held on the Sunday. Please wear suitable footwear for walking in hilly terrain.
Don't miss local Nonni who will demonstrate how to create those wonderful, simple home cooked dishes handed down over generations at St. Paul's Church Hall 2.30pm-4pm. Tickets are $10/person and you'll be able to keep a copy of the recipes to recreate at home.
Traditional home cooking
The Food & Wine Festa will be held from 10.30am-4.30pm and you'll be able to sample delicious traditional dishes and wines. There will be plenty of entertainment and for the kids, there's a Mountain View Children's Centre tent with lots of activities, free face painting and balloons.
After feasting on fabulous pasta, you'll be feeling abbiocco, the drowsiness that follows eating a big meal and will need a siesta.
And if after all that you still have plenty of energy, spend Sunday watching a soccer match in the fiercely competed La Fiera Cup Soccer Challenge or try your hand at bocce and receive some tips from the experts. Both are free and cheering is compulsory.
Who will win La Fiera Cup?
There will also be pizza dough throwing demonstrations, films, commedia dell art with masked members of the Myrtleford Theatre Troupe roaming the streets with their short skit performances and the return of the Living Chess match. Back in 1454 two young noblemen played a game of chess using living people as the chess pieces. The winner gained the hand in marriage of the Lords eldest daughter. No hands of maidens up for grabs in this match, but it promises to be fun.
Another roving performer
This will truly be five days of fun, the Italian way - filled with passion, joy, food and festivities - it's amore! For full details of each days events, check the programme.
Myrtleford is located in northeast Victoria, 280 km northeast of Melbourne and 46 km south-east of Wangaratta. Myrtleford is part of the Alpine Shire and was originally known as Myrtle Creek. Locally grown fresh produce is readily available around Myrtleford at farm gates and at the weekly Produce Market where you will find grapes, walnuts, chestnuts, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, apples, kiwifruit, olives and plenty of veggies.
For more information on what to do in and around Myrtleford, click here.