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Australian Italian Festival

Australian Italian Festival
on 25 April 2024 in News

Founded in 1995 by the vibrant Italian community of Ingham and the broader Hinchinbrook Shire, the festival has flourished over the years, thanks to the unwavering dedication of multiple generations of volunteers. Esteemed as one of the longest-running festivals of its kind across Australia, it proudly commemorated its 25th anniversary in 2019.

The cultural landscape of the Hinchinbrook Shire is deeply influenced by its Italian heritage. Dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, many Italian migrants flocked to Ingham to toil in the cane fields and establish their families. While the Australian Italian Festival primarily celebrates Italian culture, it also pays homage to the region’s rich diversity, incorporating elements from the Indigenous First Nations people and other nationalities that have contributed to the vibrant tapestry of Ingham and the Hinchinbrook Shire.

This cherished celebration invites visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant fusion of Australian and Italian culture.

It’s a day of family fun, with entertainment catering to all ages! From thrilling competitions to mouthwatering culinary delights and the finest Italian wine and beer, this family-friendly affair promises an unforgettable experience for everyone.

At its core, the festival embodies the indomitable spirit of community, orchestrated by volunteers who pour their hearts and souls into preserving and celebrating the rich cultural heritage.