The first of my recommendations for this weekend is Festa Italiana, at Covent Garden Market. This year's festival marks the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy and features a mix of delicious Italian food, live music, and events such as a grape stomping competition, pizza eating contests and Venetian Mask Making classes. Aside from the opportunity to eat all the gelato I want, my favourite part of the festival is watching the couples dance outside in the market square to the music of Orchestra Italiana London. I love watching the older couples who have obviously been waltzing together for years gracefully maneuver around the dance floor.
Art fans will want to check out the following two exhibits of work by local artists:
1) A juried art show at the Metropolitan Market, the theme of which is "Support Your Local Artists Before They Move to Toronto", features the work of 25 local artists. The show runs Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday from noon til 5 pm.
2) This weekend marks the opening of Artfusion 18, a show featuring the work of local graffiti artists at Chaucer's Pub on Carling Street. Doors open at 6 pm on Saturday, and the work will be on display until September 2nd.
Yours truly will be checking out the art, food and music and looking for blog photos. Hope to see you there!