Festa Italiana

26th – 28th May & 2nd – 4th June  |  Main Lawn


Ciao ragazzi! Are you ready to experience the magnificence of Italian culture, sip classic aperitivos, and indulge in mouth-watering cuisine? Then join us for the first-ever Italian food market at Howard Smith Wharves – FESTA ITALIANA!

Get ready to bask in the sunshine on the Main Lawn and join us for two weekends of Italian-inspired celebrations from 26th – 28th May and the 2nd – 4th June, featuring guest Chef Orazio D’Elia of ‘Da Orazio’.

Friday: 4pm- late
Saturday: 12pm-late
Sunday: 12pm-late



Take a stroll through the Italian food market and embark on a culinary journey with Chef Orazio serving up his famous ‘Vodka Rigatoni’ made with a creamy tomato and vodka sauce topped with parmesan cheese. Leave room for Orazio’s ‘Focaccia con Porchetta’ another fan favourite – served fresh from the rotisserie with chilli marinated grilled eggplant, cos lettuce, mayonnaise, all lovingly packed into slices of Schiacciatina bread.

In addition to Orazio’s famous dishes, FESTA ITALIANA will offer an array of authentic Italian delights, including freshly made pasta from a live pasta station, local Casa Motta Buffalo Mozzarella, woodfired bread, fritto misto, creamy gelato, and tantalizing Italian beverages, including the classic aperitivo, Aperol Spritz.


Born and raised in Naples, Chef Orazio brings his skills and passion to Howard Smith Wharves in an exciting collaboration for Festa Italiana. His approach to cooking is simple food, done well: an Italian philosophy he has reimagined with his signature Orazio touch.

Chef Orazio has helmed esteemed establishments including the role of Head Chef at Sydney’s iconic dining institution, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, alongside Maurice Terzini. The duo subsequently opened Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta in Bondi Beach, a beloved destination for food enthusiasts and locals alike, cementing Chef Orazio’s reputation as a culinary luminary.

His exceptional drive to deliver quality recipes from his homeland, impeccable attention to detail and irrepressible passion is evident in all his food projects: from private, Italian-inspired catering to his renowned restaurants in Sydney, Da Orazio and former restaurant Matteo.



Enjoy a classic aperitivo or drop of Italian vino – the drink selection has been curated to transport you to the famous Italian wine regions from Tuscany to Campania and holiday destinations along the coastline. Find your spot on the lawn and sip on a Spritz while listening to live music and soaking up the sunshine.


Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere with music and entertainment that will transport you to the streets of  Naples and beyond.


Is the event free to attend?

Yes! The event is free to attend with delicious food and refreshing beverages available for purchase.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, bring your pooch and relax in good company on the Main Lawn. Please keep in mind, we are a bustling precinct so bring your pet only if they’ll feel comfortable.

Is the event family friendly?

Yes, Festa Italiana is family friendly.

How do I get to Festa Italiana?

Festa Italiana will be held on the Main Lawn at the New Farm end of the precinct.

You can visit our location page to plan your journey.


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