Sunday 11th February 2018

family-on-grassThere’s so much to love about Italy and the Mirboo North Italian Festa wants to share it all with you!

Come and join the fun as Baromi Park and Mirboo North come alive with a festival celebrating all things Italian in a fantastic day of free entertainment for the whole family.


photo-Karla-Christina

Photo courtesy from The Star newspaper, Leongatha.

Delicious food stalls, drinks terrace, market stalls, music, singing, dancing, comedy, displays, cooking demonstrations, grape stomping, cars and competitions. For the kids there’s the Jumping Castle, inflatable slide, face painting and lots more.

IllannaBefore the festivities begin, you may like to join us for a celebration of the Feast of St Paul, which commences with an open air mass in Baromi Park commencing at 10.30 am, followed by a traditional procession of the Statue through the park just as they do in many villages in Italy.

All denominations and faiths welcome.

Location details are here.

About us

Solarino50 years ago, a group of Italian immigrants in Mirboo North commissioned a statue of St Paul, the patron saint of their hometown Solarino in Sicily, and had it shipped to Australia.

First italiansThe statues arrival was celebrated with the first St Paul’s Festival in 1966.

history-DocImage000000019The St Paul’s Catholic Social Club became responsible for the planning and organization of subsequent festivals on and off over the following 50 years enabling the Italian community to celebrate the faith, customs and traditions of their old homeland in Italy in their new homeland of Australia.

In 2016 a new committee identified the need to revitalize the Festival, rebranding it as the Mirboo North Italian Festa.

The new Festa aims to respect history and tradition, but also to re-engage all members of the community, especially children and youth to celebrate and appreciate the best of Italian culture, food, music and entertainment whilst attracting visitors to the beautiful region of South Gippsland.

History/Culture

antiques1Our Historical displays will give you a glimpse of what life was like for our early Italian immigrants who struggled with language but persevered with hard work and sacrifice to build new and promising futures for their families.

breadIn one generation alone, their hardships ensured success and prosperity for their children and grandchildren.

Our cultural displays are an important part of sharing our heritage so take the time to visit them and learn about traditions brought from the old homeland to the new.