Grand Parade & Family Festa

Image by: Karen Brothers

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!

This year we will be celebrating our 25th consecutive year so dress in swiss and italian colours 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, Swiss Companion Singers, Gruppo Culturale Italiano, Manning Imperial Horses, and the Daylesford Community Brass Band to name a few.

Immediately after the parade the Family Festa will begin in the beautiful sweeping surrounds of the Mineral Springs Reserve. Come and enjoy a wonderful day of music, food, dance, circus and theatre. There will be an abundance of delicious food. 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 that will play Italian music that is guaranteed to put a swing in your hips. Enter the Spaghetti Slurping competition, enjoy the many food stalls or just laze on the grass and take in the days live entertainment.

For a special treat this year our local writer Marie Lukic will host a children’s writers workshop in the beautiful Pavilion. For a gold coin donation kids can drop in and, draw, write, read, perform and create DRAGONOLOGY. A chance for children of all ages to learn about Ulricho, the fabulous Dragon of Turino.