Ferragosto celebrates 25 years in Five Dock

The City of Canada Bay is excited to celebrate Ferragosto’s 25th birthday this month with the best of Italian food, culture and entertainment spread along Great North Road, Five Dock from 10am–5pm on Sunday, 21 August.

Ferragosto is one of Sydney’s biggest and most beloved Italian festivals, with over 100,000 people attending each year. After a two-year hiatus, Ferragosto will return bigger and better than ever.

This year’s festival will feature over 100 food, wine and merchandise stalls, free children’s rides, cooking demos, live music by Italian artists and performances from local dance and performing arts schools.

Headlining the FerraVarietà main stage is accomplished singer, dancer and presenter Johnny Ruffo, while celebrity chef Luca Ciano will be bringing his passion for cooking to the kitchen stage, FerraCucina.

Our Presenting Partner, Crostoli King will be creating giant crostoli biscuits especially for the event, as well as hosting cannoli eating competitions, a tiramisu making demonstration and serving up traditional Italian sweet and savoury treats.

Other highlights include a comedy performance from Italian-Australian actor and comedian James Liotta, a display of Ducatis and Mini Fiats, the FerraBar for over 18s only, and an open-air cinema showing Italian classics.

This year we are also introducing FerraTrattoria – a long table lunch curated by Luca Ciano. Tickets include a three-course meal, complimentary drink on arrival, live music and a VIP gift bag. Tickets are available online now.

To read the full event program, visit ferragosto.com.au

Funding for Ferragosto 2022 has been provided by the NSW Government.


A view of the Ferragosto street festival

Aeolian culture on display at the City of Canada Bay

A new exhibition, From Volcanoes We Sailed: Connecting Aeolian Generations, will be opening Friday, 19 August at Five Dock Library.

  • Exhibition launch: 18 August at the Five Dock Library, 6-8pm
    From Volcanoes We Sailed: Connecting Aeolian Generations. Register here.

  • History talk: 23 August at the Five Dock Library, 6pm-7:30pm
    Earliest Migration and Circolo Isole Eolie. Register

Nestled in the cradle of the Tyrrhenian Sea between Naples and Sicily, the Aeolian islands of Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Panarea, Filicudi and Alicudi were forged by the clashing of tectonic plates.

Ongoing seismic activity and the decimation of Malvasia vineyards lead to a mass migration in the early 20th century to countries like Australia, where today some of these families span four generations.

“In sharing our family history with the wider community, we ensure that the link to our Aeolian heritage is passed on,” says Fausto Biviano, Vice President of the Associazione Isole Eolie AIE (Association of the Aeolian Islands).

Known in Sydney for their Italian fruit shops, Aeolians established a vast number of independent businesses in their newly adopted home – some becoming household names such as Mezzapica Cakes and Gelato and the Mediterranean House reception venue.

They have also become leaders in the community with prominent Aeolian figures including co-founder of AIE and former councillor and Mayor of Drummoyne, the late Rossario (Ross) Maniaci.

By 1921, Aeolians were the largest regional group to become naturalized Australians and by the 1950s the community swelled to 30,000.

With a desire to support newly arrived relatives, the first regional Italian society, the Circolo Isole Eolie was founded in 1903 and operated until WWII. Reborn in 1971, the Associazione Isole Eolie continues to host events focused on culture, food, and family.

From the 1950s, many Aeolians who disembarked in Sydney set up homes and families in the City of Canada Bay and surrounds.

In 1997, the City of Canada Bay Council and the Municipality of Lipari, representing the Aeolian archipelago, formalised a Sister City partnership to foster cultural and educational links. To celebrate 25 years of this relationship, a monument was erected in Piazza Eolie at Fred Kelly Place in 2013.

From Volcanoes We Sailed: Connecting Aeolian Generations was developed in collaboration with the Aeolian community of Sydney to celebrate Aeolian Italians in New South Wales. Curated by Cristina Neri, the exhibition From Volcanoes We Sailed was first developed in collaboration with the Aeolian community of Melbourne and the Immigration Museum of Victoria in 2016.

“We have an incredible history. We were adventurers of the high seas and our community has been integral in shaping Italo-Australian culture as we know it,” says Cristina Neri, author and curator. 

This exhibition is supported by the City of Canada Bay and will also be on display at the FerraCinema stage during Ferragosto.


Fausto Biviano and Kathy Giuffre from the Aeolian Island Association
Fausto Biviano, Vice President Associazione Isole Eolie, and Kathy Giuffre, Secretary Associazione Isole Eolie.