THE SWISS & ITALIAN FESTA Grand Parade is one of the highlights of the Festa. Bringing together locals and visitors alike, it is a wonderful community event and a colourful spectacle not to be missed!

The theme of the Parade this year is ‘Let us tell you our story’. Dress up and take part or just observe this delightful event from the footpath as it travels along Main Road, Hepburn Springs. This year the Parade will feature local kinder, primary and secondary colleges, along with community groups including Gruppo Culturale Italiano, Manning Imperial Horses, the Daylesford Community Brass Band and Daylesford Pipe Band to name a few.

Immediately after the parade the Family Festa will begin in the beautiful sweeping surrounds of the Mineral Springs Reserve. Following the Welcome to Country the years festivities will be launched by Mary-Anne Thomas MP. Come and enjoy a wonderful day of music, food, dance, circus and theatre. The Pavilion Café will be open all day and is licensed with great regional brunch and lunch options.

Be entertained by the Festa Jesta, and our charismatic MC, Sam Thomas. There will be a live band to get your toes tapping. Enter the Spaghetti Slurping competition, enjoy the many food stalls or just laze on the grass and take in the days live entertainment.

All this, a jumping castle, bilingual story telling, and much more!

Look out for the pop up Sprung Kids show and the FREE Sprung Circus stilt walking workshops out on the streets during the Festa.

A special thank you to the local SES for overseeing the event.

All photographs: Karen Brothers