Celebrate the Italian way of life in August

From tasty food to a kids' art contest, there will be something for everyone at Italian week

If you love all things Italian, there is a festival with your name on it running from Aug. 9 to 18. The 26th annual Italian Week will have something for every member of the family, including a fashion show, live music, food vendors (including pastry chefs), a kids’ art contest, and inflatables.

From Aug. 16 to 18, head to Little Italy for a Fiat exhibition and a fashion show featuring all-Italian designers. Many prominent Italian musicians will entertain the crowds, such as Marco Calliari, Marco Bocchicchio and Joe Cacchione, among others.

Food vendors will set up terraces outside so everyone can enjoy a slice of Italy’s finest cuisine. Still have some room for dessert? Local pastry chefs will go head-to-head to see who makes Montreal’s best Italian pastry on Aug. 18 at 2 p.m.

While Little Italy will be at the heart of the action, several other boroughs will also be hosting events celebrating Italian Week. There will be inflatables for young kids in Georges Saint-Pierre Park in N.D.G., Lausanne Park in Laval and Mission Marie Auxiliatrice Park in R.D.P.

One of the major events taking place during the festivities is the 10th Annual Il Piccolo Leonardo contest. This contest is open to kids from 4 to 12, who are asked to create a piece of art inspired by an Italian region of their choice. The artwork can be either be drawn on a canvas or a sheet of paper. The title of the work, the artist’s full name, as well as their address, phone number, e-mail, and the name of their school must be on the back of the artwork. Submissions can be mailed to: National Congress of Italian-Canadians, 8370 Lacordaire Blvd., suite 302, Montreal (QC) H1R 3Y6. Four winners will be selected by a panel of three judges. The deadline to send in all artwork is July 20. For more information call 514-721-0168 or email piccololeonardo@semaineitalienne.ca.

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