Italian Day 2013 was a huge success! There was outstanding support from our sponsors, merchants, vendors, associations and partners. We were blessed with sunny skies and an enthusiastic crowd! Here are the highlights of the event and photo galleries for your perusal!
Following the festival, attendees and vendors were very creative in their photo submissions. For example, our sponsor Milani Plumbing uploaded a video which shares some of the happenings at Italian Day 2013!
Gearing Up For Italian Pride
The level of involvement in the theme and Italian pride was fantastic! Merchants and vendors decorated their booths in Italian colours and offered products in the spirit of Italian Day. Italian flags and coloured balloons were around every corner, and attendees dressed to the theme. Although the day started off with a bit of rain, the clouds parted to reveal a wonderfully sunny day just in time for the festival opening.
Guests and Performers
Two stages featured an opening ceremony filled with local dignitaries, and was followed by various Italian musical guests and performers. Musicians also performed at a music tent by Grandview Park.
Cucina Italiana (Graveley St)
Cucina Italiana cooking demonstrations were a new feature for the year 2013. Outdoor cooking demonstrations were hosted by award-winning Chef/Instructor Romy Prasad, and were conducted by 4 different Vancouver Chefs showcasing some yummy Italian favourites! Ingredients were generously sponsored by Renzullo Food Market and San Remo Food Importer.
Demonstrations Conducted by:
Nick Grant, Peppe Gioe, Nevada Cope, and Romy Prasad
Activities, Attendees, and a Huge Crowd
Italian Day 2013: Carnevale di Venezia had record-breaking attendance, as seen by the dense crowds. People young and old were in attendance, event with the addition of a few furry companions! 2013 featured new carnival rides at Grandview Park and a plethora of new entertainers sharing their various talents, while other classic activities returned (such as the alumni tent and bocce courts).
Young generations are carrying forth their Italian heritage and pride! Many youngsters were dressed in carnevale masks and Italian soccer jerseys, and participated in a variety of activities specially catered for youth. Some were even involved in local businesses and worked alongside their families as merchants. The festival featured a Little Italy Kids Zone filled with amusement rides and attractions, mask-making workshops, face painting, and more!
Merchants, Vendors, and Food Trucks
Merchants, vendors, and non-profit associations lined Commercial Drive throughout the day including a vast array of Italian-themed food trucks. Here’s a glimpse of the participants who supported the festival.
Classic Italian Cuisine
Italians are never in short supply of authentic and delicious cuisine. Take a look at some of the delicacies that were found in 2013.
A classic car display featured a handful of stunning Italian vehicles, big and small.
Board Members, Planning Committee, and Volunteers
A festival of this scope would never have been possible without the dedication of our fabulous board of directors, planning committee, and countless volunteers. Many thanks to all of them, as well as our sponsors and partners, who helped make Italian Day on the Drive 2013 a huge success!