Italian Festival at Southend-on-Si!
Celebrate all things Italian on Saturday 27th August, with a fantastic feast of food, cars and entertainment in Southend High Street!
The fun event begins the day before, when the ever-popular Italian market arrives at the top end of the High Street on Friday 26th with the main event happening throughout Saturday 27th August when there will be a veritable feast of things to see and do.
The market offers a tempting array of authentic Italian produce, including cured meats, olive oils and vinegars, cheese, nougat, biscuits and pasta.
You could try your hand at pizza-throwing at 2.30pm on the Saturday outside the Royals Shopping Centre which is also the venue for free and innovative pasta art workshops.
Or you can join Italian Street Painting in Royal Square, and taste delicious ice cream at Tomassi’s in the High Street between 10am and 11am, 12pm and 2pm, and from 3pm till 4pm.
Get wowed by classic Italian supercars like Lambourghinis and Ferraris on display in Victoria Circus – and gaze on brand new Alfa Romeos outside Bella Italia in London Road, supported by AMC Chelmsford. Look out too for the Ducati’s in the High Street, and Vespas at the Royals Shopping Centre.
To punctuate all this excitement, there is a wealth of live entertainment all day. Don’t miss the roaming opera and comedy performers sharing their talents throughout the High Street.
Sadie Nine will be hosting the BBC Essex Roadshow on stage at Victoria Circus from 10am till 4pm and there are hourly Italian flag displays performed by Essex Marching Corps.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Executive Councillor for Culture and Tourism, Councillor Derek Jarvis said: “This is a hugely popular annual event in Southend, with fun, food and entertainment with a fully Italian flavour for all the family.
“There is so much to see, enjoy and take part in, we urge residents and visitors to come along to take a look and get involved in this truly Italian extravaganza!”
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