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28 October, 2008

Norton Street Italian Festa 2008

Italian Festa 2008On the past Sunday (26th October), I went to Norton Street in Leichhardt for the Italian Festa. It was sort of interesting however it was not overly exciting in my opinion. The reason of that is simply being not enough activities when compared to sponsors or stall holders (those who sell food and goods). Or perhaps it was simply too hot to enjoy a day out in Norton Street.

I did not bring my cameras, only managed to take some quick photos with my iPhone 3G (protected in invisibleSHIELD if you must know). Unfortunately, like many other mobile phones, iPhone's built-in camera is not designed to replace digital cameras.

I think I shall cut the crap, photos follow...

Before showing you the photos, I must point out that food stalls were charging outrageous prices. A slice of watermelon for A$2.00! Two dollars for just one slice!? Italians must be rich. Anyhow, that slice of watermelon was only a quarter cut of the watermelon and about 1.5cm thick (about 0.5 inches in US unit). However, the Aussie dollar has been dropped to 5-year low since the US financial crisis, it might be balanced out. A can of soft drink was A$3.00, and a seafood platter cost A$15.00, and it was quite small actually.

Not a good photo I admit. Quite a lot of people there, and it was very hot.
a very hot day in Norton Street, Italian Festa

This is the power generator. Pretty quiet and uses something called Bio Diesel as the label says. Only wish I could afford one of those.
a power generator

And I kept walking down and into the park (can't remember the name of the park, sorry), there was a Nintendo stall. (Sorry Don, no Microsoft Xbox stalls.) Although it was only a small stall, kids were happy there.
a Nintendo stall at Italian Festa 2008

Again sorry for the poor quality, I shall really carry the Samsung L730 compact digital camera out with me next time.

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Posted by Antony on 28 October 2008 8:37 PM | photos

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Bio-Diesel is made from recycled oils, from cooking etc.
My Lebanese/Italian friends went there on Saturday ( might have been Sunday), and quite enjoyed the Forum area off Norton Street. If it was Sunday they did it before we had our usual Sunday lunch at Kingsgrove parent's house. Was it Leichhardt Park you were in?
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 28 October 2008 9:42 PM.
I think it's more likely that you were being charged for the convenience of getting a slice of watermelon or a can of soda at the Festa, than that Italians in general are rich and can afford the very high prices.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 28 October 2008 11:18 PM.
Don, I did not buy or eat anything there. I know it was a bit unusual of me. Please remember: Antony is poor.
Posted by Antony Shen on 29 October 2008 10:28 PM.
You need to update your expressions Antony.
For "Antony is poor" read, "Antony is fiscally challenged!"
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 3 November 2008 1:52 PM.
The Norton Street festa is an event that historically has seen the street transform into a colourful street carnival with live entertainment and activities for children. It will focus the event on food. Food as the essence of what Italian culture represents, the generosity, the celebration and the tradition.
Posted by Chris Taus on 10 January 2011 6:40 PM.
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