Lancaster Festa Italia – This weekend!
Ciao! Lancaster Festa Italia is returning to Lancaster this Sunday, and bringing with it another day with a whole host of Italian themed fun!
Lancaster Festa Italia is set to showcase ‘all things Italian’, from 11am – 7pm, with street food, Italian music, dancing, children’s entertainment and even an Italian vehicle or two!
There will be a range of stalls for you to sample and buy products from including pizza, pasta, flatbreads, Italian wines, sweet treats and Italian fudge! There will be a bar area serving top Italian beer brands and Italian gins and the odd fizz or two!! Perfect if you fancy a little tipple on a Sunday afternoon!
Lancaster Festa Italia will showcase a range of entertainment. You’ll be able to watch Voce, The Luca Brasi Four, The Juggler & Pizzaiola and The Georgio Moroder Takeover on the Melodrome Stage in Market Square. This entertainment will be complemented by Italian dancing from Turning Point and musicians from The Haffner Orchestra.
There will also be lots of roaming street entertainment for you to enjoy, including Opera Gondola , sponsored by Pizza Margherita, the two fantastico singing waiters and keep an eye out for Gladiators but no brawling in the street please!
For you motor enthusiasts, the Festa will also be welcoming the local Ducati Dealership, Ferrari Owners’ Club, Mopeds and even a Lamborghini or two! You’ll be able to see a range of vehicles on display on Church Street and New Street. New Facebook profile pictures anyone?
Families with children certainly won’t be bored at this event. New for this year is Bambino Zone sponsored by Simply Baby where you will find lots to keep our younger visitors entertained such as diddi dance, Pyjama Drama and Creation Station. There will also be face-painting and an Italian selfie photo area available and Pebble Art will also be in attendance. You can join the Lancaster Pebble People to design your own Italian inspired pebble, and then hide it in the city centre!
And of course you’ll have your final chance to take part in the ‘Bring On The Brollies’ trail. This trail was launched by Lancaster BID at the beginning of August, guides participants around Lancaster, counting the number of brollies they can find. Each time you find a ‘Brolly Bonus’ sticker, you can go into the business and claim your treat.
What is the perfect way to finish your Italian day? By indulging yourself more in Italian culture of course! You can round-up your fabulous day of Italian fun by watching a screening of the opera ‘Aida’ at The Dukes Theatre or listening to some splendid music at ‘Italian Opera’ at the Shire Hall of Lancaster Castle! Pizza Margherita will also be hosting a Peroni Jazz Bar upstairs in their restaurant. We think it’s the perfect way to finish off your Italian adventure!
If all of this wasn’t enough then why not make a weekend of it as many of the After Dark businesses which include the restaurants, bars, clubs and hotels in the city are getting involved and serving special offers on a variety of Italian dishes and drinks on Saturday 7th September as a pre-cursor to the main event and keep an eye out for some added extras to the menu on the night!
New Lancaster BID Manager, Tony Johnson, said: “We are so excited for the return of the Lancaster Festa Italia this year. This will be one of the biggest events of the year and we are thrilled with the response from businesses and residents so far. After the success of last year’s Lancaster Festa Italia we wanted to make sure that the event this year was even bigger and better. The increased footfall that events like Lancaster Festa Italia bring to the city centre really help businesses to capitalise on the influx of new and returning customers, as well as establishing Lancaster as THE place for innovative and cultural events. We look forward to seeing you on the 8th September!”
Lancaster BID would like to thank the sponsors and contributors of Lancaster Festa Italia for making this event possible, with thanks to Pizza Margherita, Buccellis, Holdens Solicitors, Simply Baby, Lancaster City Council, The Italian Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster Guardian and Signs Express, Lancaster.
To find out more about the main event and those taking part in the After Dark offers on Saturday search ‘Lancaster Festa Italia’ on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LancasterFestaItalia/