Welcome to the Australian Italian Festival! Join us at our two-day carnival for authentic Italian food and cultural events. The atmosphere in the piazza will make you feel like you’re walking through a festival in Italy. There is so much to do at this year’s festival, so explore our stalls, taste the homemade Italian food and wine and participate in our cooking demonstrations. We have fun activities and delectable dishes for everyone in the family.
Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time.
Italian History and Art
The Australian Italian Festival is meant to expand your cultural horizons and help you get in touch with your roots. Participate in all of our activities to learn more about the rich art and history of Italy. Viva la vita Italiana!
Cooking Demonstrations and Displays
Allow your stomach to experience all the authentic Italian cuisine featured at this year’s festival. Try all of the main courses, and leave some room for delicious desserts. The choices are positively gastronomical! This year we have Luciano and Martino from MKR coming to entertain you at the Cooking Demonstrations, this is one event not to miss.
Fun and Amusement
We offer fun for the whole family! Parents and kids alike are welcome to join in the games and competitions or enjoy free amusement rides. Fun is guaranteed, and the great prizes are a bonus. We feature several competitions, including the following:
- Greasy Pole Climbing
- Pizza & Pasta Eating
- Grape Stomping
- Gondola Races
- Toga Races
- … And More! All winners receive fantastic prizes, entry to the competitions is Free.
Arts and Entertainment
Ciao, Free Style Latino dancers will be performing at this year’s event. The performances are open to public participation / learn to dance. The dancers will also be roaming around the festival grounds, entertaining you with their special style of dancing and encouraging you to join in. The festival will also feature tenors, choirs, singers, musicians, fire twirlers, the 1 RAR Band, comedians and more.
Luciano and Martino from MKR will be hosting the cooking demonstrations, presenting you with the taste and aromas of Italian cooking. You will be able to sample the food and take home the recipe to try for yourself. They will bring an authentic Italian touch to our festivities and one you will long remember.
The Australian Italian Festival Hair and Fashion Show will be held 04/08/2016 at Hinchinbrook Shire Hall. Join us to celebrate the fashion and flamboyant creations inspired by Italy’s impeccable sense of style. Our theme for this year is " LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL DREAM".
Do you aspire to have a career in modelling? We encourage male and female models between the ages of 13 and 25 to enter our modelling competition. Fill out and submit the entry form by 15 July. The winner and runner-up will each receive a modelling course and a year membership to a gym. Join us at the main stage at the festival carnival on the 6th of August at 4 pm to watch them on parade.
Gala Masquerade Ball
The Gala Masquerade Ball will be a spectacular, glamorous event held on 5th August at Hinchinbrook Shire Hall. Comedian James Liotta will be the MC, ensuring you have a great time with family and friends. We will have the Three Tenors Show and a surprise Theater performance called Ghost Stories. The fabulous De Bellis Entertainment Italian Band will help you dance the night away. We are currently taking bookings for this event as far away as Mackay and the Tablelands. Bring your favourite mask, your sense of humour and your dancing shoes!