Ferragosto is a festival that celebrates Italian culture, entertainment and cuisine in the heart of the City of Canada Bay.
Each year Ferragosto attracts around 100,000 people to Five Dock, a Sydney City that is rich in Italian Heritage and culture.
The festival began in 1998 and in 2018 will be celebrating its 20th year. The event was originally located in the Garfield St car park but as its popularity grew it moved to Great North Road. Now, outgrowing its location, the festival now spans over 800 metres of stalls and exhibits from Queens Road to Lions Road.
The festival supports the local Italian community and is backed up by interest from local businesses, entertainers, residents and community organisations. Visitors from the City of Canada Bay are likely to attend with other guests from the broader Sydney region who are also welcomed to the event.
Visitors of Ferragosto can expect a variety of entertainment that will suit visitors of all ages. There are a variety of shows across the multiple stages that showcases Italian dance, music and comedy. For kids, there are free rides, activities and competitions that will excite and amaze.
For the Italian car lovers there will also be displays from the famous car brands Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Ducati Bikes. There are over 120 stalls selling cultural merchandise and handcrafted goods. Within the stalls there is also plenty of fabulous food to try that highlights the best of Italian cuisine. For those who wish to learn the secrets of Italian cooking there are also demonstrations running during the festival.
The festival will take place on Great North Road, Five Dock between Lyons and Queens Roads. General admission is free.