DESPITE being on the local calendar for more than 100 years, the Fremantle Festival continues to bring something new to the table.
In the case of this year’s event, that table will be packed full of delicious Italian cuisine, with the Little Italy by the Sea celebrations at Bathers Beach one of the new attractions at this year’s festivities.
Expanding on the popular Blessing of the Fleet procession, Little Italy will pay homage to Italian food though music, dance, art, the Australian Speciality Coffee Championships and, of course, a raft of pop-up restaurants full of delicious pizza and pasta dishes.
Little Italy’s Nella Fitzgerald said Italian culture was synonymous with Fremantle.
“The greater Fremantle area is home to one of the largest Italian communities in Australia,” she said.
“We would like Little Italy by the Sea to become an annual event in conjunction with the Fremantle Blessing of the Fleet Festival.
“The bringing together of a centuries-old |tradition and the modern Italian way of life will give the community an opportunity to celebrate our unique multicultural society while retaining the history of the Italian culture entrenched in Fremantle.”
Returning to the Fremantle Festival will be a raft of crowd favourites, including the Children’s Fiesta, Wardarnji Aboriginal cultural celebration and the Street Parade, as well as some big names in Bernard Fanning, Dan Sultan and Waleed Aly.
The Fremantle Festival runs from October 28 to November 6. Visit www.fremantlestory.com.au for more information.
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