Norton Street Festa 2016

This Sunday the 30th Festa will be huge! With over 240 food and produce stalls, 120 000 people, communal food table, a mind-blowing car show, antique fair, fashion parades, barista jam, kids activities, rides, a new soccer clinic and much more.

There is something for everyone at Festa. Although we love just meandering, sometimes a little planning can help. Here are some highlights….


Football (Soccer) Emporium

This year Festa brings you the best of the boot with a Football frenzy. Activities will be put on by the Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association. This is a chance to get information and advice about starting football. There will fun at the football clinics program, bubble soccer and perhaps you might get to kick a goal with a well-known player.

The Leichhardt Antiques Show

From 11am – 1pm at Pioneers Memorial Park, Raffan Kelaher & Thomas will value your antiques, jewels, silver, toys, decorative arts, collectibles and more. Just bring your trash or treasure down and have your valuables assessed by the experienced team of valuers and auctioneers.


This year’s ever popular cooking demonstrations will focus on regional Italian cooking where Festa visitors can chat with the chefs, learn the secrets of Italian cooking, and have an opportunity to enjoy tastings. The cooking stage will be co-hosted by Enzo Guarino and Danny Trimarchi.  In addition to great local Italian chefs Francesco Spataro, Vincenzo Plate,  Mauro Bianchi and Luciana Sampogna, other chefs, Danny Trimarchi, Paolo Gatto, Matteo Zambobi, Luca Ciano, and Bryan Gerlini will cook regional Italian dishes from all over Italy; The Italianos – Luciani and Martino – from My Kitchen Rules fame will demonstrate some of their MKR winning dishes; and Executive Chef Oliver Heath from The Garden, Wests Ashfield Leagues Club new ‘fresh produce’ restaurant, will prepare a family favourite lamb dish.

Car Show

Auto Festa will showcase hundreds of vehicles from all the Italian makes, including Fiat, Lancia, Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Ducati, Moto Guzzi and Vespa.. Here you will find Sydney’s largest collection of Classic, Vintage and Contemporary Italian made motor cars, motorbikes and scooters. Plus the kids  (and parents) will love pretending to hoon in some of the classics as well as some of the super vehicles.

Festa Raffle

Buy your tickets to the Festa raffle for your chance to win 2 tickets to Italy flying AlItalia/Air Etihad. Other prizes include 2 nights at the Peterson Guest House, dinner for 4 at the Royal Hotel and a gourmet hamper. Tickets are $5 or 3 for $10. They can be bought online now or at Festa. The draw will be made at the close of the day.

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Festa has a variety of stages to tantalize your senses. Music, community, coffee and food. Here is where you can catch the latest…..

Main Stage

10:00 – 10:40 Mocambo Jam

11:00 – 11:40 Italian Womens Choir

11:40 – 12:00 Tarrantella Shine Dance Acadamy

12:00 – 12:40 Mocambo Jam

13:00 – 13:45 Zumpa

14:05 – 14:50 Zumpa

14:50 – 15:10 Fratelli Del Sud

15:10 – 15:55 Nina Ferro

16:00 – 16:15 Elizabeth Smyth

16:15 – 17:00 NinaFerro

Community Stage

10:00 – 10:40 SSC Band: Jazz Ensemble

11:00 – 11:20 Ceroc

11:30 – 11:50 Dorothy Cowie School of Dancing

12:00 – 12:40 Mimmo Musicale – Kids Show

13:00 – 13:20 Nikki Webster

13:30 – 13:50 Kid A Performing Arts Co.

14:00 – 14:20 Metro Dance

14:30 – 14:50 Shine Dance Academy – Pop Performance

15:00 – 15:20 Puglian folk dancing

15:30 – 16:00 Next Move

Cooking Stage

10.15am Pino Locantro – Locantro Fine Foods

10.55am The Italianos Luciano & Martino from MKR

11.35am Francesco Spataro – Celebrity Pizza Chef

12.15pm Luca Ciano – Celebrity Chef

1.05pm Vincenzo Prosperi from Vincenzo’s Plate

1.45pm Paolo Gatto from SUD

2.25pm Danny Trimarchi representing Rylstone Olive Press

3.00pm Bryan Gerlini from new Italian Restaurant Moderno Classico in Darlighurst

3.35pm Wests Ashfield Chef Oliver from the Garden Restaurant

4.15pm Mauro Bianchi – New Head Chef of Aperitivo