Norton Street Italian Festa

Things to do, Fairs and festivals Free
Man cuts up cured meat.
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Time Out says

Prepare for a carbtastic party in Sydney’s Italian cultural heartland

The laid back suburb of Leichhardt is renowned for its traditional red sauce joints, superb gelati and friendly Italian nonnas. So it’s fitting that the home of Sydney’s Italian Forum and the traditional ‘Little Italy’ of the city hosts an annual Italian festival.

As in any respectable Italian home, food and cooking is the focus, with a good portion of the 200 market stalls dishing out hearty Italian fare from local restaurants, cafés and providores. On stage, in between performances by popular Italian artists and local choirs, you can catch cooking demos and cheesemaking classes. Taste tests are, of course, mandatory.

Among the woodfired pizza, housemade pasta and piping hot arancini, you’ll also find stalls of art, crafts and gifts lining Leichhardt's Norton Street on October 28, as well as a kids’ zone with a petting zoo, pony rides and fun activities. They’re expecting more than 140,000 hungry pasta lovers to attend the festa, which is now in its 32nd year.


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