The Melbourne Italian Festival began a few days ago and runs until June 7. According to their website, this is the 5th year running yet I can barely recall this being on in years past. It seems to be a decentralised Italian recognition festival focussing on the arts. Locations for the festival range from Epping to Lygon Street and include music, dinners, and even Sunday mass thrown in.
The epicentre of the festival, called Festa della Repubblica, is being held on the 31st of May at Piazza Italia, otherwise known as Argyle Square park before they decided to brick half of the park. There appears to be music, dancing, and of course an array of food from local restaurants and cafes.
Some other interesting events on the lineup:
Italian Beer and Food Experience
May 30, 3.30-5.00pm
Beer DeLuxe at Federation Square
When most people think of Italy, they probably think wine but I guess there must be beer beyond Peroni.
Spaghetti Western Festival
The Grande Boutique, Hepburn Springs
A couple of classic Eastwood films on display.
Melbourne Italian Festival
Now until June 7, Various Locations