Experience Life Italian Style on the Gold Coast

“Experience Life Italian Style” at the Gold Coast Italian Festival in 2016

Prepare to savour the tastes, sights and sounds of Italy when the 1st annual Gold Coast Italian Festival descends on Broadbeach on the 26th and 27th of March 2016.

Over the Easter long-weekend experience a taste of Italy, from fine food and Italian wines to music, family entertainment and fast cars, the Gold Coast Italian Festival will celebrate all the best things about la bella Italia and its dolce vita culture.

Celebrated in Brisbane since 2007, the Italian Festival is set to head to the Coast and paint the Town Red, White and Green. The event organisers are bringing the well-loved Italian food and wine festival to Broadbeach to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival.

Fun for all the family as the Italian Festival welcomes you to the taste of authentic Italian food, entertainment and history. The cultural festival will sit on the oceanfront in suggestive Pratten Park in Broadbeach where street vendors will be serving wood fired pizza, pasta and delicious gelato, with Italian wines coming from many regions around Italy.

The Festival’s aims to promote Italian culture in Australia and around the world and highlight the influence of Italian Culture in Australia as a result of immigration and integration. The weekend will be an opportunity to showcase Italian food, wine and culture and to preserve and promote an appreciation of culture and the heritage of Italy.

“We really want to bring an Italian-style street festival to the Gold Coast that gives festival goers a chance to try some real Italian street food. Our intention is to offer a chance to try things our grandmother’s made.” says Alessandro Sorbello, festival producer.

$7 entry fee for adults – Free entry for children under 12

WHAT: Gold Coast Italian Festival
WHERE: Pratten Park Broadbeach
WHEN: 26th and 27th March 2016

Festival Background and History

The Italian Festival is the official celebration of Italian Culture in Queensland, the festival commenced in 2007 as an in initiative of the Italian Government in partnership with the Queensland Government.

The Italian Festival commenced as part of Italian Week, an event that brings people from all walks of life together to experience Italian culture and lifestyle. The cultural festival is designed to preserve and promote an appreciation of culture and heritage of Italy.

A focal point of the Week is the Italian Street Festival held in New Farm Park which the inaugural event in 2015 welcomed a staggering 50,000 people hoping to get a taste of authentic Italian food, entertainment and history. Vendors lined the street selling food and art. A row of Fiats added to the Italian charm and the celebration of Italian food and culture with live music filled the air.

The one day festival was an ideal send off to Italian Week. I’m happy to say that the Italian Festival organized a great party for the city of Brisbane. “All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout,” says Sorbello. “The amount of people who turned out on our first year really solidified the fact that Brisbane wanted this festival. We are already looking to make the Italian Festival bigger, better and even more authentic next year!”

The Festival brings people together as if they were part of a big family, just as it happens in Italy. Come and eat, drink, sing, dance and enjoy themselves yourself… and even people with no Italian origins identify with such a captivating environment.

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