Australian Italian Festival 28 May to 6 June 2021

A regional cultural festival which celebrates authentic Italian culture and food and entertainment. The Italian immigrants had a lasting impact of the cultural landscape of the Herbert River district, now known as the Hinchinbrook Shire. The festival is an opportunity to celebrate the Italian and other diversities of cultures which make our district quite unique.

Ingham’s iconic Italian cultural experience, featuring homemade Italian cuisine, Italian wine, world class entertainment, cooking demonstrations, spaghetti, pizza eating compititions as well as a  grape stomping challenge. There is a large variety of food and market stalls at the carnivalle held in TYTO Parklands.  Italian history will be on show at the TYTO Gallery as well as on the carnivalle weekend.  There are lots of free amusement rides for children, along with entertainment and hands on fun for all the family.

2021 Festival Admission Tickets will be available from Townsville Tickets from April 2021

Minors (under 18's) must be accompanied by an adult and will be admitted free of charge.

Pre-Sale Tickets are available online and offer a discount of up to 20% on the admission gate price. We encourage the purchase of online tickets to assist with our COVID management plan. 

Information regarding tickets sales will be posted on the Australian Italian Festival website and FaceBook site or you can ask at the Festival office, 32 Herbert Street, Ingham  Qld  4850.  

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 

The festival will be hosting 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 - please check out our social media page and website for further developments regarding these events. 

Arts and Entertainment - please check out our social media page and website for further developments regarding the entertainment for the 2021 Australian Italian Festival.