14 July, 2023

Celebrating everything Italian

EVERYTHING Italian will be celebrated when the Cairns Italian Festival kicks off for a longer and more varied program of events later this month.

Celebrating everything Italian - feature photo

Locals are being encouraged to get involved, with competitions to find the best homemade pasta, sausages and salami all on offer.

This year, Innisfail will be included in the festival with the inaugural Pasta and Sugo competition on 23 July which will seek out the best cooks in the region.

Cash prizes of $500 will be awarded to the winners of the best homemade pasta and the best sugo, with $1000 for the best combination of homemade pasta and sugo.

The Sausage and Salami Festa which is the final event in the festival program, will be held in Mareeba on 6 August at the Mareeba International Club.

Some of the best artisan salami and sausage makers will be contesting to win the awards on offer.

The day will feature a beautiful homemade Italian lunch, with live music by fantastic duo Attori.

More information and tickets for both the Innisfail and Mareeba events are available online at

As part of the Cairns Italian Festival, some lucky person will win a trip to Italy, valued at $8000.

The raffle’s first prize is a trip for two to Italy including flights, five nights’ accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Rome, daily breakfasts and two day tours.

Second prize is an oil painting, entitled “A Day in Positano”, valued at $3000, while third prize will see 10 people each win $300 in cash.

To buy tickets, go to www.


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