Festival Name: Australian Italian Festival, Ingham, North Queensland

Founded in 1994 The Australian Italian Festival embodies the rich history of Italian immigrants in North Queensland. It’s a showcase of Italian traditions, culinary delights, and artistic performances. This annual event highlights the Italian influence in Australia while embracing the inclusive spirit of Queensland, a lively tribute to cultural exchange and community bonds, set against the backdrop of the Townsville region’s scenic beauty.

The festival features an immersive Italian piazza experience. It is renowned for its authentic Italian cuisine, prepared by professional chefs and local Italian nonnas, music, dance, with the picturesque setting in TYTO Parklands enhances the festival’s charm. A blend of traditional and modern Italian culture, it’s a window into the Italian way of life in Australia.

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Dancing and music galore at the Australian Italian Festival

Cooking demonstrations, spaghetti and pizza eating competitions, grape stomping, historical displays, market and craft stalls, climbing the greasy pole, Italian Cabaret, music, dancing, free amusement rides, entertainment for children, and games for all ages.

Dates: June. (01 Jun 2024 – 02 Jun 2024)

Location: TYTO Parklands, Ingham, North Queensland

Past Artists: Paul Ettore Tabone from The Phantom of the Opera, Fortunato, Zumpà, Taranta Meanjin, Dean Canan, The Carina Dancers, Cosima De Vito, and Attori.

Website Address: Australian Italian Festival Official Website

Facebook Page Address: Australian Italian Festival on Facebook

Local Area Tourism Information: The region is known for its picturesque landscapes, including lush wetlands and rich wildlife. Visitors can explore the Hinchinbrook Shire’s natural beauty, with opportunities for birdwatching, hiking, and enjoying the local flora and fauna.