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Auckland’s Getting An Italian Festival!

By Ava Wardecki - 21 Jul 2017

Auckland's Getting An Italian Festival!

Holy ravioli, Italy is coming to Auckland!

This October, us lucky Aucklanders will be treated to a taste of Italy, right in our very own backyards. That’s right, Festival Italiano is back for another year and is bringing the very best of the boot-shaped country all the way to Aotearoa.

For one day only, on October 1st, Auckland’s hip and happening Newmarket will undergo a total Italian takeover as the Festival Italiano sets up shop and prepares to dish out the best Italian fares in Auckland (or the world, for that matter).

From 11am-4pm, Osborne St, Kent St and the Rialto Centre will be transformed into a busy and bustling market space where you can pick up all kinds of Italian knick-knacks. From Limoncello to artisan cheeses, at this market you’ll find everything you need to stock up a pantry as if it was straight outta Sicily.

Of course, needing a super special mention are all the street food vendors who will be dishing up the Italian nosh we know and (obsessively) love. Come with an empty belly and prepare to indulge in all of your fave cheesy and carboliciious Italian fares like wood-fired pizza, to freshly made pasta and errthing in-between.

If sweet treats are more your up your alley, then you’ll be chuffed to know that long-time gelato legends Giapo will be there scooping up the good stuff, as well as Real Italian Doughnuts, who will be dishing out their droolworthy, well, real Italian doughnuts. 

Not only will you be able to treat your tastebuds at this Italian extravaganza, there'll be all kinds of art workshops, dancing, live music and entertainment to indulge all your senses. 

To say we're amped for the Festival Italiano is a huuuuge understatement. We'll catch ya there in October, fellow Auckland bellos and bellas!

The Deets

  • What: Festival Italiano
  • When: October 1, 11am-4pm
  • Where: Osborne St, Kent St & the Rialto Centre, Newmarket

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