Celebrate Italian Day on Commercial Drive
This Sunday June 10th is Italian Day on the Drive! Celebrating Italian culture, tradition, heritage and of course, food. This event brings out the Italian in all of us!
This is an all day event, running from 12:00 until 8pm. Commercial Drive will be closed to motorized traffic in order to accommodate the crowds.
Recognized as Vancouver’s ‘Little Italy’, Commercial Drive will embrace all that is Italian: food, music, fashion, folkloric dance, classic cars, vespas, miniature Formula I replicas and more. Restaurants will be extending their businesses with outdoor patios, while a wide variety of Italian associations and guest vendors will line the street with authentic style food and merchandise.
The celebration will feature a bocce court and Italian-inspired food contests: grape stomping, pasta and watermelon eating, as well as pizza tossing. Music will also be a highlight of the event with a lineup that includes showman Federico Fuoco, international singer/songwriter Carmelina Cupo, and the city’s patriarch of traditional Italian music, Gianni Fuoco.
Style and fashion also hits the Drive with a designer fashion show by Vancouver fashion designer Rozemerie Ceuvas and her European inspired Jacqualine Conoir and JAC Collections. Plus, a historical pictorial display will be set up and includes local Italian soccer legends from the 60s as well as prominent business personalities who have played a role in the landscape of Vancouver and the Italian community in general.
To top it all off, Italian Day will be selling raffle tickets with four generously donated prizes – first prize being a trip for two to Rome with a five-day stay at a Tuscan Winery Estate. A prize valued at $5,000.
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