Melbourne’s biggest Italian cultural festival will soon take over the Royal Exhibition Building

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Melbourne’s biggest Italian cultural festival will soon take over the Royal Exhibition Building

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words by staff writer

Mamma mia!

Taking place on Sunday, November 26, the Melbourne Italian Festa is a whirlwind celebration of everything that makes Italy special.

For the first time this year, the massive event will be taking over the Royal Exhibition Building. Hosted across both indoor and outdoor stages and featuring a huge selection of Italian food and stallholders, it’s the perfect Sunday experience for those who like to eat, drink and be merry.

Melbourne Italian Festa 2023

  • Sunday, November 26
  • Royal Exhibition Building
  • Entry is free

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This year’s program is packed to the rafters with fun and quirky entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. To start off the day on the outdoor stage, there will be an Italian Zumba fitness class, followed by vocal performances, fire dancing, a tarantella show and live music of all different genres.

The indoor stage will feature fun for the whole family, including captivating magic shows by Armando The Magician, kids choirs, opera singers and a celebration of music from movies.

There will also be a whole area dedicated to live cooking demonstrations, where celebrity chefs will be running classes on Italian dishes like arancini, sweets and the cuisines of Sicily and Calabria.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, peruse the endless pizza, gnocchi, panzerotti, pasta and risotto offerings (check out the full list of food available here).

To drink, try a VIP wine-tasting experience or grab a bottle from one of the many stallholders.

There will also be plenty of take-home goods including favourites like the prosciutto and other cured meats from local butchers, decadent pistachio creme from Pistachio Papi, panettone from To Be Frank and Italian-inspired scented candles from Italian Flame.

To find out more about the Melbourne Italian Festa, head here