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Norton Street Italian Festa 2015

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by Telani Kumar (subscribe)
A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
The popular celebration of all things Italy is back
Immerse yourself in Italian culture on Sunday the 25th of October. Twenty-nine years running, this takeover of Norton Street in Leicherdt has grown quite a reputation, attracting around 100,000 people a year. Full of community spirit, this festival of food, entertainment, stalls and more, will have you feeling like you've been whisked away to the Mediterranean for a day.

As it coincides with NSW Grandparents Day, a special family day out can be made of the Italian Festa. There will be something for everyone. Carnival rides, face painting, jumping castles, puppet shows, stilt-walkers, and interactive stalls will certainly have the kids amused. New features appealing to the whole family are to be introduced this year.

Four entertainment stages feature. A main entertainment stage, and jazz and community stage, will serenade you with Italian music. This will run until 5pm. The Ciao Magazine stage features various interactive shows, such as on-stage barista training and a special Grandparents Day award. Learn secrets from Italian master chefs at the cooking stage.

Speaking of food, what probably most appeals to me is the range of Italian delicacies that will be showcased across the street. From wood-fire pizzerias, to a pop-up gelato cafe. This year there will be a focus on wholesome, nutritious, regional Italian dishes. A great spot to enjoy these with the family is at the communal table lining the street.

Other features include the collection of classic Italian cars, 240 stalls, an animal nursery, and a raffle. You may just be the lucky winner of two flight tickets to Italy along with a Mediterranean cruise package. With lots of vibrant festivities and an abundance of Italian culture filling this Sydney street, a fun day out this coming weekend is promised.
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Why? Celebrate Italian culture
When: Sunday 25th October
Phone: Refer to for relevant enquiry numbers
Where: Leichhardt
Cost: Free entry - consider food, activity and market expenses
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