Festa di via Verde

Festa di via Verde - 16 November

As part of the Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao celebration of all things Italian, Healesville will be host to the second Festa di via Verde. After a successful launch last year his family-friendly event will be even bigger and bolder in 2019. Lock in Saturday 16 November, 12 pm - 6 pm.

The festival will coincide with the spectacular Targa Florio Australian Tribute which runs along River street. The tree and park flanked River Street will be closed to allow for the cars to complete their time trials and give spectators the opportunity to marvel at the international drivers’ skill and finesse. Given that there were over 100 cars in the splendid Australian Tribute Classica last year - and this year is set to grow, it will certainly be a grand spectacle when they arrive.

To add to the excitement of the Targa Florio, there will be a mass gathering of car clubs. Promising around 500 vehicles, all of which you’ll wish you owned or had at least driven once in your life, will be on display for an epic show and shine.

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Tobie Puttock - Cooking Like An Italian

Tobie Puttock comes to Healesville to share his knowledge of Italian food and cooking with free community classes at the Regional Library. Taking from his cook books, Daily Italian, Italian Local and Cook Like an Italian you’ll love his friendly, no nonsense - and totally delicious! - way with food.

Limited seats - Booking Essential

Healesville Library, 110 River St 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Santa Taranta

Playing a mix of original music and traditional music from southern Italy, the group has been winning over crowds throughout Australia. Santa Taranta plays Pizzica, Tammurriata, Stornelli, as well as Polkas from the barber shop and the occasional serenade d’amore. This lively quintet will infect your blood and get you dancing.

Green Street Stage 14:20 pm - 5:05 pm

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Dean Canan

Highly regarded Dean Canan has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He is the Frank Sinatra of today updated with a touch of Tom Jones, Buble and Ricky Martin, shaken stirred and served with an extra dash of individual style. Dean’s charisma, energy and voice are second to none. He is totally captivating.

Green Street Stage 12:05 pm - 12:50 pm


In addition to prestigious cars, the Festival will be host to excellent family fun such as tomato throwing competitions, a kids corner and cooking demonstrations and market stalls serving Italian food and wine for all the grown ups needing authentic Italian sustenance. Watts River brewing are even putting together their own Italian style festival beer to try. The Yarra Valley is rich in Italian heritage and much of the produce from the region is inspired by the culture that this region has grown from.

Musical entertainment will also be in abundance and performers include the well known traditional flirtatious Italian Ballard singer Dean Canan, a traditional squeezebox circle delighting the crowds with accordion music and a roving Italian Opera singer.

More great things happening throughout the day …

Other events happening throughout November …