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Norton Street Italian Festa

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by Karen (subscribe)
Norton Street in Leichhardt, is well known for offering a little piece of Italy here in Sydney. On Sunday October 30th, the street and surrounding areas will come alive again to rejoice in the Italian culture with its colourful celebration.
Image courtesy of Norton Street Italian Festa
The Norton Street Italian Festa is the largest and longest running Italian Festa in Australia and this year will celebrate its 25th anniversary with more to eat, see and do than ever before. Last year, the event saw over 100,000 people in attendance.

The Norton Street Italian Festa has everything you would hope to find in a fun day out - great food and coffee, laughter, lots of colour and music, delicious aromas, street performers and possibly even the odd gladiator or two. It will be like being at a big raucous Italian family celebration.

With hundreds of market stalls selling food, drinks, fashion and other wares there is sure to be something to suit every member of the family. The stage and podium areas will feature cultural performers and speakers all day. Four stage areas will provide ample opportunity to enjoy non-stop entertainment, in additon to the roving performers and street artists. Children's amusement rides, balloons and face painting will be popular with the kids and the organisers are promising some other big surprises, too.

For the keen cook amongst us, one of the highlights is sure to be "Nonni in Cucina" where a special stage is set up with a full kitchen. Local Nonnas will cook for the audience, presenting their favourite dishes and some traditional Italian fare that has been popular for centuries.

The Living Chess Match will celebrate a moment in distant history. In a Venetian village called Marostica, back in 1454, there were two noblemen ready to fight to the death over a beautiful woman, called Taddeo Parisio, when the Lord of the Manor instructed that the battle be held as a living chess match. The historical solution to the eternal triangle will be recreated at the Festa with living chess pieces.
Image courtesy of Norton Street Italian Festa

For car lovers, the Show and Shine will be the place to be as car enthusiasts proudly display their Italian-made pride and joy to the jealous masses.

As this year marks the 25th year of the Festa, a competition winning couple will be married in a public ceremony planned to take place at the Marostica Castle in the Pioneers Memorial Park.

Organisers are planning to create a medieval Italian atmosphere complete with costumes, trumpets, red carpet, and Italian tenors for the happy couple. If you are looking for an all expenses paid wedding with tens of thousands of well-wishers, entries close Friday September 23rd.

Norton Street will be closed for the day from Marion Street to William Street. Parking is available at MarketPlace Leichhardt, Norton Plaza Italian Forum and on street parking.

The Leichhardt area is well serviced by public bus transport.
Image courtesy of Norton Street Italian Festa

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Why? For good food and great family fun
When: Sunday October 30th, 2011
Where: Norton Street, Leichhardt
Cost: Free to attend
Can't wait for this one -- lots of fun every year.
By Jon Jones - general editor
Monday, 12th of September @ 02:08 am
Yes, this one is a favorite of mine too. Make sure you are hungry because you will want to try everything. Perhaps a fast for a day or two before is in order.
It is best to get there early if you are driving, due to parking, but that also makes it possible to squeeze a few extra meals in to the day as well :)
By Karen - senior reviewer
Monday, 12th of September @ 06:25 am
Ooh I will definitely be heading to this :-) Sounds awesome. Haven't been in a couple of years, but with my boyfriend and myself both being of Italian heritage it seems a must to bring the whole family along to this. Although I'm not sure my Nonna would want me eating anyone else's Italian cooking :-)
By Nini - senior reviewer
Monday, 12th of September @ 07:50 am
sounds great will see everyone there!!!!! yeah - ciao
By sharo18 - reader
Saturday, 29th of October @ 10:58 pm
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