Italian Day 2017 on the Drive will revolve around love

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      There’s no better way to celebrate Italian culture than with food and music, right?

      The 8th annual Italian Day returns to Vancouver’s Commercial Drive (from Venables to Grandview)—otherwise known as Little Italy—on June 11 (noon to 8 p.m.).

      This year’s festival should see no less than a few thousand people gathering to celebrate Italian culture, community, and heritage.

      The theme of the day-long celebration this year is amore (love), which is deeply rooted in the concept of Italian lifestyle. Festival-goers are encouraged to share and spread this universal message—love.

      The highly anticipated event will span 14 blocks and feature over 200 merchants, food vendors, and family-friendly attractions.

      Attendees will be exposed to some mouth-watering bites including fried Italian donuts, cannoli, pasta, meatballs, gelato, and pizza, among others. Over 20 food trucks and 15 extended merchant patios will be available at the event.

      Live music and theatre will entertain event-goers throughout the day, including performances by Danilo Ciaccia and his ItalyAMO band, Federico Fuoco and his band Fire, and singers from the Vancouver Opera.

      As it will be a festival fit for the entire brood, activities include everything from children’s amusement zones to street performers, roaming stilt walkers to human foosball, and more.

      It is recommended for visitors to walk, cycle, transit, or Car2Go to the event as the street will be closed to vehicle traffic between Venables Street and the Grandview cut.

      For more information, click here.