Chinatown host multicultural bash
The city will wrap up the month of August with a three day multicultural bash in McCauley this weekend.
The East Meets West Festival will include a day for Africa, a day for China, and will conclude Sunday with a full day Italian celebration called Viva Italia Viva Edmonton, organized by the Italian Youth Association of Edmonton.
“An Italian themed festival has been missing in our city for a number of years and we kind of want to use this as a jumping board to other sorts of events promoting all things Italian,” he says. in Giovanni Caboto Park, the celebration will feature food vendors, wine and cheese tasting, live entertainment from Italian dancers and musicians, and an Italian car show with Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Maseratis.
There will also be some friendly competition, including a pizza eating contest, a four on four soccer tournament, and a Nonna (Italian grandma) lasagna cooking competition.
Association president Francesco Sorgiovanni says there will also be plenty for the kids to do.
“We’re going to have crafts like the Leaning Tower of Pisa made of candy, we’re going to have soccer ball hats little things like that to encourage the culture,” he says.