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Sydneys Ferragosto festival is back

13 June 2018 | Recreation & Culture
Sydney’s iconic Italian festival, Ferragosto, will be back this year celebrating its 21st birthday in Five Dock on Sunday, 19 August 2018.

The street festival is the City of Canada Bay’s largest annual event, attracting over 110,000 visitors to Five Dock – a suburb with strong Italian links.

“Ferragosto is a great day out for the whole family with plenty of food and entertainment on offer,” said City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas. “Last year’s festival attracted record crowds and we’re expecting an even bigger turnout this year.”

The best of Italian culture and entertainment will be on display with more than 300 retailers, food and merchandise stalls offering delicious street eats and handcrafted goods. There will be spectacular dance and music performances across five stages, including headline act, Italian-Australian Comedian, James Liotta.

There will also be children's rides and activities, fun competitions, dazzling displays of Italian vehicles – including Mini Fiats, Ducati Bikes and Alfa Romeos - plus more.

The festival showcases and supports local businesses, entertainers and community organisations with stallholder applications closing on Friday, 1 June 2018. 

“Ferragosto is a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to promote their products on a large scale,” said Mayor Angelo Tsirekas. “We strongly encourage any potential stallholders or sponsors to get on board and help contribute to the vibrancy of our community.”

First held in 1997, Ferragosto was originally located in the Garfield Street car park before moving to the Great North Road as numbers continued to grow. It has now expanded from Queens Road to Lyons Road – approximately 800 metres in length plus most side streets. 
 
“As a city we’ve seen this festival grow alongside our community,” said Mayor Angelo Tsirekas. “It’s a great day to celebrate our lively culture and we encourage everyone to come down and be part of the event.” 

Caption: City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas with Melanie from Fuga Veloce (far right) and the team from Cremeria De Luca.
 
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