Norton Street Italian Festa returns to Leichhardt for its 35th year

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Tuesday 18 October 2022

Now in its 35th year, Leichhardt's ‘Little Italy’ will once again be home to the Norton Street Italian Festa on Sunday 30 October, from 10am to 5pm.

In the wake of a two-year hiatus because of COVID-19, this year a crowd of up to 150,000 is expected to descend on Norton Street, in celebration of what makes Leichhardt special - Italian food, music and family.

As always, the event will feature hundreds of stalls and non-stop entertainment for all ages. There will be something for everyone at the Festa. Foodies can enjoy free cooking demonstrations by Italian professional chefs and local Italians, music aficionados can enjoy live entertainment with music and dancing, and families can enjoy a day of carnival rides, jumping castles, animal farms, pony rides, face painting and more.

This year’s cooking marquee will focus on regional Italian cooking where festival goers can chat with the chefs and learn the secrets of Italian cooking.

Hundreds of stallholders will be showcasing and selling the latest, the unusual and the best in products, and food, coffee and gelato.

This year’s entertainment will feature music by Cosima De Vito, the De Bellis Band and Tony Sergi, along with comedy by the legendary Joe Avati.

Mayor Darcy Byrne said, “Council is thrilled to welcome the Norton Street Italian Festa back to Leichhardt. Council contributes $60,000 annually to support the event and we encourage the people of Sydney to explore Leichhardt and celebrate the Inner West’s rich Italian history.”

Event organiser, Patrick O’Reilly said, “All Italians and want-to-be Italians are invited to enjoy this wonderful Festa to eat, drink, dance and sing all things Italian … and you won’t even need a passport!”

Norton Street Italian Festa is proudly sponsored by Inner West Council, delivered by the Leichhardt Annandale Chamber of Commerce and produced by Impact Events.

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Please note, Norton Street will be closed to traffic from Marion to William Streets, as well as Pioneer Park. Festival goers are encouraged to take public transport to the event with the Leichhardt North light rail stop just a short stroll away.

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