Italian Cultural Centre: Il Mercato showcases Italian Heritage Month

What would Italian Heritage Month be without an authentic Italian Market? Not much, according to Lorenzo Schober, Communications Director of Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Centre. With Vancouver’s Italian Heritage Month celebrated each June, the Italian Cultural Centre is gearing up for its 2016 series of Il Mercato (the Market).

“Our mandate,” explains Lorenzo, “is to promote Italian cultural values and heritage within the broader Vancouver community. Il Mercato is a great opportunity to share our history, culture, and food with our local community.”

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The first Il Mercato of 2016 will be held at the Italian Cultural Centre on June 17 from 4pm to 8pm, with others following on July 15 and August 19.

“We hold the markets monthly during the summer and then there’s a Christmas-themed Il Mercato on November 25,” says Lorenzo.

Il Mercato doesn’t just spread Italian joy throughout the city, but combines the tastes of Italy with local farm produce, live entertainment, and activities for the kids provided by the Italian Cultural Centre’s language school.

“We want to bring a distinctly Mediterranean atmosphere to our Vancouver community,” Lorenzo says. “This is the first cultural market of its kind in Vancouver and it features great organic produce, handmade products from local artisans, fabulous entertainment, and our new pizza oven.”

The new community pizza oven, an initiative of the Italian Cultural Centre, will be on display at Il Mercato and there will be pizza-making demonstrations.

“It’s going to be a great party atmosphere” laughs Lorenzo, “There’ll be food trucks, terrific live entertainment, plus the Vancouver Whitecaps football club will have a presence, and of course a kids corner.”

For more information about Il Mercato and the Italian Cultural Centre, visit their website at, send an email to or call them at 604.430.3337. You can also check out their Facebook page or catch them on Instagram. The Italian Cultural Centre is conveniently located at 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver.

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