Italian Night Market Brings a Taste of Italy every Month

Il Mercato Italian Night Market Vancouver

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Così eccitante! Vancouver is getting its first Farmer and Italian Night Market held every 3rd Friday of the month until November 21st!

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of shopping at an Italian Market, you know there isn’t a better way to shop. Fresh produce, eccentric personalities, wine, and di più… (blame Google Translate if the Italian is wrong!)

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Italian Night Market Brings a Taste of Italy every Month

Italian Day on Commercial Drive – June 10, 2012

This weekend, Vancouver kicks off the summer season of free multicultural events—including June’s upcoming Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival and Greek Day on Broadway—with Italian Day on Commercial Drive, a full day of free fun with Italian food, fashion, entertainment, games, and Euro Cup 2012 festivities that will transform the always-happening Drive into a street fair for all ages.

Newcomers to Vancouver may be surprised to learn that Commercial Drive—today an urban hub of multiculturalism and counterculture—used to be Vancouver’s “Little Italy;” you can see evidence of that cultural history in the Drive’s large number of Italian restaurants and delis (not to mention the wide spread support for Italy during the World Cup). For 15 years, from 1977 – 1982, Italian Day was an annual tradition on the Drive, but the event went on hiatus after the crowds became too much for the original organizers to handle.

Thankfully, Italian Day made its comeback in 2010, and over 50,000 people came out to celebrate. Now, thanks to Mayor Robertson’s 2011 designation of June as Italian Heritage Month, Italian Day on Commercial Drive looks like it’s here to stay!

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Italian Day on Commercial Drive – June 10, 2012

Celebrate Italian Heritage Month June 2012

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The Italian Cultural Centre (ICC) is excited to release the calendar of events for
June 2012 – proclaimed Italian Heritage Month by the City of Vancouver and the Province of BC. The month features fabulous entertainment, delicious food, children’s activities and “Festa Italiana” (a market festival) on June 24th. Get ready to enjoy all things Italian!

This year the Italian Cultural Centre proudly welcomes a hit on the Tonight Show, Mike Marino (from the “An Italian for President” YouTube sensation) for his first Vancouver performance.

The ICC is celebrating the best of Italian culture throughout the month with different types of events–there truly is something for everyone of all ages and appetites! Experience theatre, historical documentaries and debate, delicious food and wine, musical and dance performances, exhibits and a Festa Italiana with entertainment, activities and of course, more food!

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Celebrate Italian Heritage Month June 2012