A taste of Italian culture

It will be party time in Mirboo North from noon this Sunday when a celebration of all things Italian takes to Baromi Park.

Food, dancing, bocce and soccer are among the activities on offer as the local St Paul’s Catholic Social Club sets about reinvigorating a 50-year tradition.

For the past 49 years the town’s Italian community has celebrated the patron saint of Solarino, St Paul, with a traditional mass each summer.

But this year, they are inviting people of all cultures to attend, with festivities to include live entertainment, market stalls and Italian Australian comedian Joe Avati.

“We are looking at trying to re-engage younger people and families,” St Paul’s Catholic Social Club secretary Rosie Romano said.

“And to help the community just come together and appreciate the wonderful aspects of Italian culture and enjoy Italian food.”

While the traditional St Paul’s mass will still occur from 11am, Ms Romano expects huge crowds for the rest of the day.

The Grainstore will transform into an historical, cultural display featuring black and white photographs and stories from early migrants about their transition to Australian life.

Grape stomping, cooking demonstrations and an Italian barbecue are also on the agenda, along with entertainment for children.

“It is going to be an awesome day with something for everyone,” Ms Romano said.

“We welcome everyone to come and enjoy a fabulous day celebrating all things Italian.”

The Mirboo North Italian Festa takes place from noon this Sunday at Baromi Park.

Phone 0439 344 928 or 0429 346 252 or visit the Mirboo North Italian Festa on Facebook for more information.