5 August, 2023

Mareeba to host Italian events

MAREEBA will be front and centre of the Cairns Italian Festival this weekend when the town hosts two events of the 15-day festival that features a host of wonderful opportunities to embrace and share in the Italian culture.

Mareeba to host Italian events - feature photo

Mareeba will host the new event, the Moriconi-Bomben Soccer Cup, on Saturday 5 August, and the final event, the Salami and Sausage Festa, on Sunday 6 August.

The soccer event is a tribute to Alfio Moriconi (deceased) from the Mareeba Football Club and John Bomben from Leichhardt Football Club, who both devoted a lifetime of passion to their respective clubs which were well-known rivals who fought out many battles on the soccer field over the years. 

This special cup, which is free for the community, is a tribute to honour the two Italians who both have dedicated so much to the game in Far North Queensland.

The second Salami and Sausage Festa promises to seek out the best homemade salami and sausages in the region, with several awards to be presented and the overall winner up for a $2000 cash prize.

Sponsored by Borgo Salumi, the event features a panel of five expert judges who will rate each entry out of 20 in the areas of taste, aroma, density and colour.

There will also be a beautiful homemade Italian lunch and desert to savour provided by the Mareeba International Club with live Italian music by Duo Attori as entertainment!

Tickets are already on sale at 

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 are available online at 


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