The Australian Italian Festival is celebrated annually, and is a fantastic event that promotes, showcases and celebrates the cultural attributes of Italian migrants and descendant’s in the Hinchinbrook Shire and Australia. It also celebrates the significant contribution they have made and are making to the Australian way of life.
It has been estimated that over half of Ingham’s population has one or more Italian ancestors making it the ideal place to hold this event. It is a celebration of all things Italian – Food, Wine, Cooking Demonstrations, Entertainment, Market Stalls, Historical display, Spaghetti Eating Challenge, Greasy Pole Challenge and much more.
The Historical Display tells the stories of many of our early pioneers, especially the Italians, and how they struggled to fit into the Australian way of life and endure, through hardships and insults. The majority of the migrants worked in the canefields under very difficult circumstances.
It demonstrates the resilience of the migrants and how they succeeded to own their own piece of land – some of which is now in the hands of 4th generation cane farmers.
The first Australian Italian Festival was held in 1995 in the Main Street of Ingham. In 2011 the venue was changed to the award winning TYTO Wetlands Precinct.