Ferragosto

Things to do, Fairs and festivals
Festival stalls for the Italian street fair.
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There’ll be more than 300 stalls and retailers honouring Italian culture

This annual neighbourhood festival in Five Dock brings together Sydney's strong Italian community for a full day of feasting, entertainment and local markets. The free festivities will fill the many side streets down the Great North Road with food stalls, competitions, live performances and a sparkling car show – Ducatis and Alfa Romeos will reign supreme.

Melbourne-based comedian James Liotta will bring laughter to the festival mainstage, alongside classic Italian jazz performances and contemporary tunes. Head to another of the five entertainment stages and watch internationally versed chef Luca Ciano show off his culinary skills in a cooking demonstration.

If you’re more about the eating, follow the scent of red sauce to the market stalls dishing out the city’s favourite Italian fare. The Inbocca food truck will whip the crowd into a frenzy with deep-fried lasagne, Fritto and Co will serve deliciously soft arancini and Puntino Trattoria has potatoes sorted with fresh gnocchi. They’ll keep you well-fed while you browse stalls of handmade goods and local Italian services.

Once the wild carnival rides are ticked off, sign up for the pasta-eating comps, or put your taste-buds to the test in a blind gelato flavour guessing competition. Who needs prizes with tests like these?

By: Olivia Gee

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