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Norton Street Italian Festa 2018

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Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto. - Eat well, laugh often, love much.

Italian Festival, Food, Kids, Family Friendly, Live Music, vintage cars, markets
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Leichhardt, in Sydney's Inner West, is known as the Italian beating heart of Sydney. Norton Street has long been famed for its authentic pizza, pasta and pastries.

The 2018 Norton Street Italian Festa is a tribute to all things Italian and a celebration of the rich history of the area. In 1986, the first Norton Street Italian Festa was organised by the Capuchin Priests at St Fiacres Church in Leichhardt who wanted to replicate the religious festivals of Italy. This year's festival is again set to be one of the biggest Italian street festivals in Australia.

Italian Festival, Food, Kids, Family Friendly, Live Music, vintage cars, markets
Image Courtesy of the 2017 Italian Fiesta Facebook Page


Festa brings together the local community in a celebration of Italian culture and the spirit that is the foundation of Leichhardt's local community.

Italian Festival, Food, Kids, Family Friendly, Live Music, vintage cars, markets
Image Courtesy of the 2017 Italian Fiesta Facebook Page


History of Leichardt

The traditional landowners of Leichhardt are the Cadigal and Wangal people of the Eora nation who inhabited the region for around 10,000 years before colonisation.

In the 1840's Leichardt was owned by Walter Beames as part of an Estate. Beames subdivided the land in 1849 and the area became known as Leichhardt town, so named after his friend and explorer Ludwig Leichhardt who explored the Hunter and Swan river regions.

Italian settlement of Leichhardt began in 1917 and continued during the 20th century due to political upheaval and poor economic conditions in Europe. Many Italian Nationals came to Australia to settle and build a better life.

After the ravages of World War II, Italian migration increased. The area soon became known as 'Little Italy'. Leichardt's population grew as migrants found they could pick up work, affordable housing and a seek out a touch of home in the suburb.

Leichardt, while diversifying as a suburb, still remains largely influenced by Italian culture today. The cafes and restaurants as you walk along Norton Street seduce you with the scent of freshly ground coffee, garlic and aromatic flavours cooking. The cafe windows are filled with gelato and cream-filled cannoli that tantalise your taste buds and transport you to the very heart of La Dolce Vita.

2018 Festa Line-Up

This year the Norton Street Italian Festa features street markets, dance concerts, kids entertainment, cooking displays, pony rides, cars and some of the best pizza and pasta Sydney has to offer.

There will be three entertainment stages, where you can watch cooking demonstrations from Celebrity Chef Luca Ciano, Gina Ottoway and Francesco Zarrella will be showcasing his cheese making and delicious recipes from his soon to be released cookbook.

Be entertained by Danni Da Ros, and Chris Ninni from the Voice Australia and Cosima DeVito from Australian Idol.

Italian Festival, Food, Kids, Family Friendly, Live Music, vintage cars, markets
Image Courtesy of the 2017 Italian Fiesta Facebook Page


There will be plenty of fun for the kids with carnival rides, pony rides, jumping castles, animal farms, face painting and puppet shows.

Italian Festival, Food, Kids, Family Friendly, Live Music, vintage cars, markets
Image Courtesy of the 2017 Italian Fiesta Facebook Page


For the grown-ups, there are organic markets and free cooking demonstrations by the best Italian professional chefs and local Italian Nonnas!

Italian Festival, Food, Kids, Family Friendly, Live Music, vintage cars, markets
Image Courtesy of the 2017 Italian Fiesta Facebook Page


Stallholders will be showcasing the latest, tastiest, unique and delicious coffee and gelato.

Italian Festival, Food, Kids, Family Friendly, Live Music, vintage cars, markets
Image Courtesy of the 2017 Italian Fiesta Facebook Page


For the car lovers, you will have a chance to see Sydney's largest collection of Classic, Vintage and Contemporary Italian made motor cars, motorbikes and scooters including Fiat, Lancia, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Ducati, Moto Guzzi and Vespa.

Italian Festival, Food, Kids, Family Friendly, Live Music, vintage cars, markets
Image Courtesy of the 2017 Italian Fiesta Facebook Page


So embrace the Italian spirit, eat, laugh, smile and drop by to enjoy a great family day out!
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When: 28 October 2018, 10am to 5 pm
Phone: patrick@impactexhibitions.com.au
Cost: Free or as much as you want to spent
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