Haberfield Festa 2014

A Showbiz Spectacular

Sunday 2nd November

It has been 14 years since the inaugural Haberfield Festa, an Italian style community festival that celebrates all the best that Haberfield Village has to offer, and this year’s event looks ready to outdo all that has come before…hab-festa-elvis

While the rest of Sydney is very quickly heading into summer, there will be at least one more cool day in the Inner West with Winter in Haberfield. Featuring your favourite songs from the hit-movie Frozen, the princesses of Arendelle, Elsa and Anna, will be joined by Kristoff the ice trader for this one-off live performance at Haberfield Festa, sure to bring  a smile to all. After their performance, make sure you head to the Festa Photobooth to get a commemorative picture taken with them, as well Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man!

If you’re more into kings than princesses, make sure to check out Born Again Elvis! Mark Borg is a Sydney-based entertainer who has been an Elvis impersonator since 1985 and even won Best Elvis at the Grave Brothers/BMG Artist of the Century Competition. More than just a dynamite impression of the King’s voice and style, Mark Borg also captures the sensitivity of Elvis and connects with his audience like no other.

There will also be some great local performers throughout the Festa including The 80s band and Lucy Kiely. The 80s are a group of four school boys who will be performing covers of the hottest hits of the ‘80s such as “My Sharona”, “What I Like About You” and “White Wedding”. 23-year-old Lucy Kiely is an outstanding vocalist who has been performing across Sydney for the past five years. Her repertoire ranges from classical jazz, to contemporary jazz, funk and soul and will put a bounce in anyone’s steps.

Of course, there will also be a load of great stalls, food, games and displays on offer across Haberfield Festa, including plenty of entertainment for the kids like jumping castles and craft stalls. A rocking raffle will also be going off, so snap up some tix fast!

What’s On

11:00am – Official Welcome

11:05am – Schools of Haberfield

11:30am – Elsa, Anna & Kristoff – Winter in Haberfield

12:00pm – Message from John Sidoti and Jamie Parker

12:05pm – Shine Dance Academy

12:20pm – The 80s band

12:50pm – Fashion Show

1:00pm – Message from Ashfield Mayor Lucille McKenna

1:10pm – Born Again Elvis

2:00pm – Pasta Competition

2:30pm – Lucy Kiely & Band

2:50pm – Fashion Show

3:00pm – Raffle Draw

3:20pm – Operatic Highlights

3:50pm – Official Farewell

Festa Raffle

At this year’s Festa we are thrilled with the support from local businesses that have been very generous and provided an amazing array of prizes.

1st Prize: Air India Return Economy Air Ticket to Italy, courtesy of Viatour Travel Haberfield

2nd Prize: Family Voucher for General Services at White Leaf Dental valued at $1000

3rd Prize: $500 Gold Bracelet from Campione Jewellers, Haberfield

4th Prize: Dine In Style – Dinner at Dolcissimo for two, Righetto and La Disfida

5th Prize: Dine In Style – Dinner at Il Locale, Napoli i Bocca and Estilo Buenos Aires

6th Prize: Celebration pack – Jumping Castle Hire for the Day from AMOK Party Hire, Party Pack from Mushi and Boo

7th Prize: Dinner Party Pizzazz – Lamonica Homewares Cookware, Zanetti Voucher, Gojak Meats Voucher, Mushi and Boo Flower Voucher

8th Prize: Wine and Cheese Hamper – Paesanella Voucher, Franks Fruit Market Voucher, Porters Liquor Haberfield Cellars – Case of Wine

9th Prize: Coffee and Chocolate Bliss – Galleria Coffee Vouchers, Saffioti Gift Voucher, Single Rosetta Coffee Bundle

10th Prize: All about you – Haberfield Naturapath Voucher, Rozzi Boutique Gift, Lorena’s Boutique Gift

Haberfield – Foodie Central

Haberfield is well known for it’s delicious traditional Italian food. With the very best of Italian chefs and providores showcasing their delectable treats you should make sure you are ready for a feast.


Sydney’s best pizzas can be found in Haberfield. It can be difficult to decide which is best, so we suggest trying them all and doing a bit of a taste test.

Goloso can be found in the old post office. It’s a lovely old building with a nice big pizza oven that pumps out beautiful fresh doughy pizzas. The signature Pizza al Metro follows an authentic Napolitana tradition, where there are fewer ingredients (tomato, basil and mozzarella) but maximum flavour.

Ladisfida has a waiting list most Friday and Saturday nights. This is not only because of the super hot pizza chefs but also because of the super fresh ingredients. Using only seasonal produce and a menu that changes daily, pizzas on Festa day are a must have.

Napoli in Bocca is a family owned and operated. With traditional red and white checked tablecloths, a Florentine-inspired artwork and chefs shouting loudly in rapid Italian, one would be forgiven for thinking they were in Italy. Go for the rosemary and potato pizza.

Cheeses and Meats

Paesanella Cheeses are the finest Italian cheeses in the country and that is no exaggeration. Wholesaling to the likes of David Jones, many of the top restaurants and other fine food providores such as Simon Johnson, the Paesanella story is a true rags to riches story.

Umberto Somma arrived in Sydney in the 1950s with no more than a few shillings in his pocket, and all he wanted to do was introduce Australia to the his traditional fresh specialty cheeses. Umberto would work late into the night walking door to door selling his freshly made cheese to the new migrant population.

Today the empire spans a fabulous food emporium in Marrickville, a café and mighty wholesale business. Do not miss sampling these cheeses at the Festa.

Also worth stopping into is IGA Lamonica, where all the local nonnas go to buy their fresh meats (remember to say fine, fine in an Italian accent meaning thinner, thinner – all the meats must be sliced nice and thin making a better taste sensation.)

The Sweet Stuff

Rino Saffioti is much loved by the Ciao folk. Serving up devine chocolates (66 per cent cocoa) in all sorts of flavours – vanilla, strawberry, salted caramel – Saffioti’s 20 years as David Jones’ premium chocolatier have catapulted this wonderful Haberfield business to national stardom.

Rino is also good mates with John Crowl, owner of Cow and the Moon, who has taught him how to make delicious gelato.

Pasticceria Papa is home of the baked ricotta cheesecake. Do not leave Haberfield without trying it. It is truly delectable!