A slice of Italy in Hobart’s heart

The annual Festa Italia has once again showcased the very best of Italian culture with more than 15,000 visitors soaking up the festive atmosphere on a sunny February afternoon.

The free event, hosted by the Australian Italian Club of Hobart and entirely run by volunteers, featured some of Italy’s best food, drink, music and hospitality with a family-friendly atmosphere.

Festa Italia president Michael Pace said the event had become a fundamental pillar that supported the fabric of Hobart’s multicultural community.

“This year’s festival was the most successful yet. The weather was on our side and it was a great satisfaction for all our volunteers to see so many people attend,” he said.

“It’s not just an occasion for entertainment, it’s the most important Italian community cultural event in Tasmania.

“It brings everyone together from different ethnicities and helps showcase Italy’s food, culture and people.

“It also helps the younger Italian immigrants in the community who live in Hobart to celebrate their culture and meet new people.”

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Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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