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Sagra Della Salsiccia (Festa Di S. Giovanna)

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Joanie's Baretto

832A High Street

Thornbury, VIC 3071

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SAGRA DELLA SALSICCIA

After a week of festivities, the festa draws to a close on Sunday where we celebrate the homecoming of our patron saint, Santa Giovanna.

Devour the sacred foods of the festa – purchase our homemade salsicce cooked over charcoal and taste our traditional zeppole!

Live band, Lorenz e i Birbi will be playing fun Italian music, there will be drink specials and the famous procession. Grab a group of friends and family and sit back and enjoy this Sunday session delivered to you in true Joanie’s style.

DOORS OPEN AT 1PM

FREE ENTRY. NO BOOKINGS REQUIRED.

PLEASE NOTE: ENTRY TO THIS EVENT IS SUBJECT TO CAPACITY.


GETTING HERE

  • Tram: Bundoora RMIT (86), Stop 42 Dundas St, Thornbury

  • Train: Thornbury Train Station

  • Car: Parking on High Street, nearby side streets, or Aldi carpark on Dundas Street


WHO IS SANTA GIOVANNA?

Born 29 May 1628, Died 1 November 1666.

Giovanna Capellini, now referred to as Santa Giovanna, grew up in Rosarno, Calabria and was raised by nuns in an orphanage. Always a handful, she challenged authority and structure and gave the sisters a very difficult time towards the end of her residency. Legend has it that the nuns didn’t look too far for her upon news she had escaped their care.

S. Giovanna helped found numerous festivals across several Italian towns over two decades towards the end of the Rinascimento (Renaissance). Rebellious and forward thinking, a true child of the renaissance, she challenged community leaders and authority throughout her lifetime and championed free thinking and independence.

In actual fact, Santa Giovanna has never been formally recognized as a saint by the church, however her popularity amongst people of the ‘paesi’ (towns) across Italy during the 1650s and 60s and her ability to work hard, engage community and celebrate the coming together of all classes is to this day acknowledged as ‘saintly’.

Tragically, S. Giovanna died as a result of a mysterious poisoning at a local festa. Some say the malocchio had finally caught up with her. Ironically it was the celebration of all celebrations. All Saints Day.

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