Italian Street Food Festival A Different Cultural Outing

June 10th, 2019

Seeing more streets closed for car free days and especially annual food festivals. Really a good idea bringing the community closer together. Some interesting ones in Vancouver including the popular Greek Day on Broadway Street coming up again on June 23. They know how to have fun. However, by far the most massive in Vancouver is free Italian Day on The Drive (Commercial Drive) just held on Sunday June 9 for their 10th year with hundreds of thousand mashed onto a lively closed off 14 street block promenade – only really crowded. What a transformation of The Drive. It is a special cultural street festival celebrating everything Italian with prominent green, red & white decorations plus balloons with live music and fashion, so many food items, patios, food trucks etc. Even a choice of Italian wines served in a closed off side street area. Lots of pizza including portable wood burning ovens, pastas, pastries (including cannoli), donuts, and of course gelato. Three of my top favs this year were grilled octopus, samples of aged Parmigiano Reggiano and especially grilled fresh sardines – best in town! Lots of kids enjoying special activities, bocce ball, and a unique vibe throughout the region. Fun outing with a real taste of Italy.

What street closure that includes a food fair is the most popular one in your city?


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June 10th, 2019

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