Hepburn Springs Swiss & Italian Festival
The Festa’s free events include the Grand Parade and Family Concert (over 3,000 attended), Lantern Parade and Fireworks Finale (over 1,500), children’s lantern making workshops run through the local schools (over 450 students), and children’s art competitions. The heritage, sport, music, film, circus and food and wine events are all aimed at the communities of Hepburn Springs, Daylesford and surrounding villages. Community feedback was that this was the most successful Festa ever.
Descendants of the early Swiss Italian settlers visit from Melbourne to march in the Parade, gather in an annual reunion, dance, sing and perform at the Family Concert, the Festa Ball and St Peter’s Church and retell their history to locals and visitors. This complements the teaching of Italian in the schools and contributes to the preservation of the cultural history and diversity of the region.