Australian Italian Festival 2019

An Authentic Italian Cultural Festival

Ingham’s iconic Italian cultural experience, featuring homemade Italian cuisine, Italian wine, world class entertainment on two large stages, cooking demonstrations, spaghetti eating competitions, grape stomping competitions, a large variety of food & market stalls and Italian history. There are lots of free amusement rides, other entertainment and hands on fun for all the family.

2019 Festival Admission Prices

Weekend Passes (Gate Price):  Adult: $30   Child: $8

Saturday Pass (Gate Price):      Adult: $20   Child: $5

Sunday Pass (Gate Price)         Adult: $12    Child $4

Children 16 and under accompanied by an adult receive free entry into the festival.

Pre-Sale Tickets are available online and offer a discount of up to 20% on the admission gate price. 

Tickets can be purchased online at the above URL or at the Australian Italian Festival office at 32 Herbert Street, Ingham  Qld  4850.  Tickets can also be purchased by phone on 07 4776 5288 however you must have an email address to purchase by phone.

Event Overview 

An Experience like no other

The Australian Italian Festival is enhanced by the beautiful TYTO Wetlands setting, featuring lagoons and raised walkways that come alive with Australian flora and fauna. Come and enjoy an experience like no other in Australia. Join us at our two-day festa 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. 


Apart from the fantastic lineup of entertainment, the Festival is all about the food.  Allow yourself to experience all the authentic Italian cuisine featured at this year’s festival. Try all of the main courses, and please remember to leave some room for delicious desserts. The choices are positively gastronomical!

Italian History

The Australian Italian Festival is meant to expand your cultural horizons and help you get in touch with your roots if you are Italian.  Participate in all of our activities to learn more about the rich history of Italy. Viva la vita Italiana!

Cooking Demonstrations 

Luke and Sal 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 recipes to try for yourself.  They will bring an authentic Italian touch to our festivities and one you will long remember.

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
  • … And More!
  • All winners receive fantastic prizes, entry to the competitions are Free.

Kid's Corner - Free

Everything in the Kid's Corner is also FREE for children 16 years and under.

  • Face Painting
  • Puppet Show
  • Circus with Purpose
  • Hoola Hoop workshop
  • Large Jumping Castle
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Rocking Pirate Ship
  • Double Lane Inflatable Slide

Teenage Event - Ticketed

  1. Something for the teens and the young at heart
  2. Adrenaline Games QLD
  3. Laser Skirmish
  4. Nerf Combat
  5. Bubble Soccer
  6. Archery Combat

Arts and Entertainment

The Festa will feature Flag Throwers all the way from Parma in Northern Italy, a tenor from Italy, singers, dancers, a world music dance band, musicians, choirs, fire twirlers, the 1RAR Band, showbands, a Hip Hop/Break dancer, comedians and much more.....

Italian folk dancers will be performing at this year's event. The performances are open to public participation so feel free to join them and learn how 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.

Hair & Fashion Show

The Hair and Fashion Show in 2019 will also include a Bridal Spectacular and will showcase the talents of hairdressers and designers.  Join us for a celebration of fashion and beautiful brides.  This is a ticketed event, available for sale on now. $45.00 per person.

Gala Masquerade Dinner

The Gala Masquerade Dinner 2019 will be a spectacular event and is one of the highlights of the Festival with many VIP's in attendance.  Entertainment continues throughout the evening with James Liotta as MC and comedian, Attori, an exciting floor show, Giuseppe Cacciapaglia and wonderful tenor, direct from Italy backed by showband Memory Lane.  You will be entertained while you enjoy a delicious authentic Italian meal. Italian wines and beer will be available for sale.  Dress is After 5 Wear and you are encouraged to wear a mask. This is a ticketed event, available for sale on now.