Celebrating all things Italian

Enjoy a slice of Italy in Ingham


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Guests to the 23rd annual Australian Italian Festival will feel like they’ve been whisked away to a genuine Italian piazza upon entering through the gates to this years event taking place in Ingham on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6.

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Time out: Carly Fracchia took a quick frozen treat time-out from guiding guests around the 2016 Festival in her role as one of the many Signorina volunteers.

Time out: Carly Fracchia took a quick frozen treat time-out from guiding guests around the 2016 Festival in her role as one of the many Signorina volunteers.

Guests to the 23rd annual Australian Italian Festival will feel like they’ve been whisked away to a genuine Italian piazza upon entering through the gates to this year’s event taking place in Ingham on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6.

Festival director Donna Zanotto said this year’s festival theme is “I Dream of Italy” which will be conveyed by turning the breathtaking TYTO grounds, into a bustling hub of food, drink and craft stalls.

“To further enhance the atmosphere more than 100 entertainers including tenors, sopranos, choirs, singers, musicians, bicycle trial stunts, the 1RAR Band, comedians and more will appear across two stages over each day and night,” Donna said.

Bocce: Sam Russo and Mario Cristanti taught youngsters Georgia Minato and Michael Dametto the basics of how to play the game of Bocce last year.

Bocce: Sam Russo and Mario Cristanti taught youngsters Georgia Minato and Michael Dametto the basics of how to play the game of Bocce last year.

Parents and kids alike are welcome to join in the games and competitions including the Greasy Pole Climbing; Pizza and Ravioli Eating; Grape Stomping; Gondola Races; Toga Races and more.

Due to overwhelming demand Luciano and Martino from MKR will host the Carey Group cooking demonstrations again this year, presenting you with the taste and aromas of Italian cooking. 

Viva l'Italia!: My Kitchen Rules celebrity chefs Martino and Luciano with fan Ada Capalano from Brisbane during one of the pair's cooking demonstrations at the festival.

Viva l'Italia!: My Kitchen Rules celebrity chefs Martino and Luciano with fan Ada Capalano from Brisbane during one of the pair's cooking demonstrations at the festival.

Younger guests are also well catered for with free amusement rides, face painting and a puppet show being incorporated into the Wilmar Kids Corner this year.

“The Hair and Fashion show will be held on the night of Thursday, August 3 at the Hinchinbrook Shire Hall, and is nearly booked out. Join us to celebrate the fashion and flamboyant creations inspired by Italy’s impeccable sense of style.”

Return to Hinchinbrook Shire Hall the following night to soak in all the glitz and glamour of the Gala Masquerade Ball. Comedian James Liotta will MC, ensuring you have a great time with family and friends, while enjoying a delicious seven plate meal served with imported Italian beers and wines.

A cabaret act performed by Soprano Duet Simone Nicole and Meg Kiddle will keep guests entertained, and the fabulous Memory Lane Band featuring guest singer Dean Canan will help you dance the night away.

“We’re introducing a bus and ball ticket package for our Townsville guests. The bus will depart from from the Bohle Barn at 5.30pm and return after guests have enjoyed the ball at 11.30pm for just $99, all inclusive.”

Tickets for the Festival, Hair and Fashion Show and Gala Masquerade Ball can be purchased at www.townsvilletickets.com.au

“You can save 25 per cent off your Festival tickets if you pre-purchase them online, and children under the age of 17 enter for free, when accompanied by an adult.”

For further information and enquiries please visit the event website at www.australianitalianfestival.com.au or visit the Australian Italian Festival Facebook page.

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