La Dolce Vita

Into a world of mutton, potatoes and beer, the early Swiss Italian settlers brought salami, pasta and wine.

They helped establish enduring traditions of good food and wine, ‘taking the waters’ at our many mineral springs and love of family and community that we can all still enjoy today in our beautiful and bountiful region.

Swiss Italian Festa Landscape Art Show

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  Calling all our local artists! The Festa Committee, together with Rotary, are thrilled to announce the first event for the 2021 Swiss Italian Festa. In keeping with tradition, the…

Swiss Italian Book Launch

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The Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa was delighted to recently host a launch of Antonio Pagliaro's new English translation of Georgio Cheda's The Emigration of Swiss Italians to the Australian Goldrush…

A Festive Recipe

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This recipe for Paste di Mandorle from Silvia Colloca is one that I have baked many times. You may have sampled one at one of our fundraiser stalls. They're delicious with coffee,…

Early Vineyards

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Italian-speaking settlers planted many of the first vineyards in Victoria. In May 1882, a list of vine growers in Victoria was compiled by the Victorian Board of Viniculture. Many local…

Living History

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Like their counterparts from all corners of the world, the Italian speakers’ first goldfield homes were tents. After some years, those who decided to make the Jim Crow (Daylesford) Goldfield…

A cheesy buckwheat pasta from the Swiss-Italian border

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By the time my great-grandfather disembarked in Melbourne in 1882, the allure of the gold that had attracted so many Swiss Italians to Australia had moved well beyond Victoria, all…

Bella Ciao

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Bella Ciao are a band based in Melbourne who play a wide range of Italian music. They have performed at past Swiss Italian Festas, and will again in the future.