Held annually in August, this year’s Ferragosto celebrations are changing things up a bit by going green. There will be all the same food, entertainment and stalls you would expect but all with a focus on sustainability.
The festival will kick off at 10am sporting a great mix of entertainment including live music and dancing, competitions, kids’ activities and market stalls. Plus, headlining the event will be Julie Goodwin, winner of the original Australian MasterChef, as she launches the Environment Protection Agency’s Love Food Hate Waste program.
At this year’s FerraCucina, Julie will be demonstrating how to cook delicious meals from avoidable food waste. NSW households throw away more than $2.5 billion worth of edible food per year and Julie will show festivalgoers the best ways they can put waste to use. Save the environment while saving yourself money!
For those more interested in some traditional fun, visit the FerraPiazza. There will fantastic wines to taste and incredible al fresco dining options available, such as the local BBQ and Italian flavoured crepes. You can also simply sit back and soak up the ambience while listening to the smooth performances of jazz/Latin fusion guitar band Urban Gypsies and Spanish guitarist Carlos Perez Martinez.
As always, the FerraMarket will feature over 150 stalls, ranging from fashion and jewellery to arts and crafts, and food from across Europe, including Spanish paella, Greek souvlaki and Turkish gozleme. There will be something delicious for every taste. Shoppers will not feel limited at Ferragosto Festival, we can promise you that.
Back again from last year to highlight the great automobile history of Italy, the Italian Made Social Motoring Club, the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Australia and the Ducati Owners Club of New South Wales will all be showcasing some of their favourite vehicles. Motorheads should not miss out on this display.
Aside from all of these fantastic events, Ferragosto Festival promises to be a 100 per cent carbon-neutral event. By remaining plastic bag and polystyrene free, encouraging the use of bikes to travel to and from the event, having water stations to refill your water bottles and by using biodiesel generators to power it all, this will be a sustainable festival. For those interested in learning more about sustainable living, visit the Eco-hub stall on the day to find out lots more about going green.
• For more information or a full festival program visit www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au/ferragosto.html
Message from the Mayor
Welcome to Ferragosto 2013!
The City of Canada Bay’s Italian festival is now in its 16th year and promises to be bigger than ever. We are proud that this is a truly sustainable community celebration, using green fuel to deliver a carbon-neutral event.
Join us on Sunday, 11th August from 10am to enjoy a great range of entertainment with live music and dancing, sample some delicious food and wine and learn innovative new dishes with cooking demonstrations.
Ferragosto is one of Sydney’s favourite Italian cultural events. There is so much to see and do, no matter your age. I look forward to seeing you on Great North Road, Five Dock for a great day out!
Mayor Angelo Tsirekas
If you have a bit of a competitive streak or just want to get the prize, check out some of these events at this year’s Ferragosto…
Gelato Eating Competition
Once again Ferragosto will host a competition to see who is the ultimate eater of gelato. There will be three opportunities throughout the day that will pit 10 challengers against each other in every round with prizes awarded to the winner and runner-up. The Gelato Eating Competition will be held at 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm on Great North Road in front
of Subway. Hope you’re hungry!
All Things Italian Trivia
Are you an expert on all things Italian? If you think you are and love the challenge of trivia, take part in the “All Things Italian” trivia competition. With questions on Italian geography, history, music, food, entertainment and more, this event is bound to test your knowledge. Trivia will held at 2:30pm, also in front of Subway, and there will be plenty of chances to win great prizes!
Sustainability Prize Draw
Show your eco-friendly nature and go into the draw to win great prizes. All you need to do is bring your own reusable bag or ride your bike to the Festival (free bike parking available) and show your helmet at the Eco-hub Stall on the corner of Great North Road and Ramsay Road. Prizes include a $100 bike shop voucher or a basket of fantastic reusable goodies valued at $100!
Family Fun at Ferragosto ’13
Come down to Five Dock on August 11th to join this great festival with events running all day. Bring the whole family too, this will be fun for all ages!
• 10am Rosebank College Band
• 10:30am & 2:20pm DJ Russo
• 11am RSD Productions
• 11:20am Shine Dance School-Traditional Tarantella
• 11:30am Co.As.It Bilingual School Choir
• 12pm & 1:20pm Ricky Daniele and the Greg Hooper Band
• 1pm VIP Speeches
• 2:55pm Natalie Colavito and the Greg Hooper Band
• 10am Five Dock Music School
• 10:20am, 11:15am, 12:55pm and 2:50pm DJ Russo
• 10:50am Concord High School Band
• 11:40am Dance @ Nikki Webster
• 12pm Zumba 4 U
• 12:20pm Shine Dance School
• 1:15pm My Guitar School
• 1:40pm Laura Grima-Rosebank College
• 2pm Sarah Roper-Rosebank College
• 2:15pm Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company
• 10am Domremy College Band
• 10:30am and 11:05am Dolce Entertainment
• 10:45am Anytime Fitness
• 11:30am Belinda’s Art of Dance
• 11:55am Sandra Malone Dancers
• 12:20pm Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company
• 1pm Musa Taekwondo
• 1:30pm and 2:50pm Pinocchio and Geppetto Stage Show
• 2:10pm Sydney Voice Studio