Australian Italian Festival 2019

An Authentic Italian Cultural Event

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

2019 Festival Admission Prices 

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

Saturday Pass (Gate Price):      Adult: $15   Child: $4

Sunday Pass (Gate Price)         Adult: $9     Child $3

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.  Click on the Book Now button to book your online ticket now!

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 carnivale 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

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 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! Luciano and Martino "The Italianos' 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.

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.

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 1RAR Band, comedians and more.

Hair & Fashion Show

The Hair and Fashion Show in 2018 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 www.townsvilletickets.com.au from 14 May 2018. $45.00 per person.

Gala Masquerade Dinner

The Gala Masquerade Dinner 2018 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, Dean Canan entertainer, Paul Gulinello, tenor and 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 encourage to wear a mask. This is a ticketed event, available for sale on www.townsvilletickets.com.au from 14 May 2018. $85.00 per person.