The smell of pizza, pasta and arancini outshone Saturday’s bad weather, with Shepparton’s Italian Festa still drawing good crowd numbers.
Thousands turned out to the new event despite the rain and wind, with all things Italian on show from noon to 9pm at the Shepparton Showgrounds.
The multi-purpose pavilion housed live music and tables from the rain, while food traders persisted, selling food just outside.
Event committee member Vince Sicali said despite the unfortunate weather, they had had a fantastic turnout.
‘‘We’re estimating we had around 2500 to 3000 people throughout the day,’’ he said.
Mr Sicali said the weather had affected the amusement rides and had caused some traders to pull out.
‘‘It was a little scary earlier in the day with the weather, but there’s nothing you can do about that,’’ he said.
Several acts took to the stage from noon onwards with a performance from the Wangaratta West Primary School choir and several other Italian acts.
‘‘We’ve got a few former locals like Dean Canan,’’ Mr Sicali said.
‘‘He’s been doing really well in the music industry.’’
Hoping to draw about 1000 attendees to the event, Mr Sicali estimated they would exceed that.
The event concluded with a fireworks display at 9pm.
‘‘They were really good; we had a lot of positive feedback,’’ Mr Sicali said.
‘‘We’re hoping for it to become an annual event.’’