This year's iconic Blessing of the Fleet will be kissed on both its cheeks by Little Italy by the Sea - a mini festival of Italian heritage and culture.
Experience 'La dolce vita' amidst the magnificent Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and Bathers Beach as they are transformed into bustling Italian piazzas reminiscent of seaside cities and towns throughout the riveting Adriatic and Mediterranean coastlines. Journey to an ancient land of majestic and sparkling waters that hosts fishing boats and ancient folklore and traditions.
Enjoy an amazing array of regional Italian cuisine that is rich in authentic flavours that will be lovingly prepared by some of Perth's top food specialists. Discover hidden gems as you stroll along the harbour and shoreline; dine on the scenic jetties and boardwalks overlooking a panorama of boats and shimmering waters as you feast on exquisitely prepared seafood.
Succulent Porchetta, artisanal pizzas, exquisite pastas, delectable regional signature dishes and much more will offer you a taste of Italy! Enter the trendy and cosmopolitan bar situated in Piazza Italia and savor famous Aperitivos alongside sumptuous antipasto platters. On trend Italian beers, wines and champagne will be available for guests to enjoy whilst being entertained by some of Perth's finest artists.
Relax and enjoy cool jazz, hot latin, contemporary and retro Italian music, and dance the night away under the stars with one of Perth's acclaimed salsa orchestras. Experience the soulful and powerhouse vocals of Monique, direct from her Fringe World Festival Perth sell out show Italian Live Lounge.
The much anticipated return to Western Australia of the prestigious Australian Specialty Coffee Championships will see some of Western Australia and South Australia's finest baristas competing to represent the states in the national finals and the opportunity of representing Australia in the acclaimed world barista championships.
Specially created entertainment will present a spectacular vista of Italian music, dance, theatre and excitement throughout the event, culminating in the traditional fireworks display at the completion of the Blessing of the Fleet Festival parade festivities.