Mississauga ITALFEST’s Heritage & Cultural Centre features displays and exhibits which bring to life the journey, joys and struggles of Italian immigrants in Mississauga including those who worked at the Cooksville Brickworks.
Features this year include a spotlight on the region of Calabria. This beautiful region is at the toe of the boot, the extreme south of Italy. It is lapped by the splendid crystal blue Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas and separated from Sicily by the Strait of Messina. Learn about its warm climate, the beautiful colors of the sea, rocky coasts that alternate with sandy beaches. Calabria has a nature that is wild and mysterious, the strong and genuine flavors of local food and the vestiges of its ancient origins make Calabria a unique place that vacationers can enjoy in both winter and summer.
Visit the Heritage Centre inside the Glass Pavillion and don’t forget to take your photo by our Gondola.
Military and police representatives such as the “Bresaglieri”, “Carabenieri”, “Gli Alpini” and “Polizia” will also honour the event with their presence and traditional marches.
Mississauga ITALFEST is Mississauga’s first and premier Italian festival. Named one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario, ITALFEST takes place annually in August, and is a free event celebrating all that is Italian. Featuring delicious food and crafts from 50+ vendors and artisans, cultural and family-oriented activities, entertainment from local and international talent, a thriving “mercato” and much more, the festival spotlights a community rich in heritage, entertainment and family values.