Italian Festival: Food, Hair and Fashion

Ingham High School Students Friday night wait staff volunteers for the Hair and Fashion show.

There was so much to do at the Italian Festival last weekend!  Friday night showcased amazingly intricate designs as part of the Hair and Fashion show where sustainability was the theme for the event, while Saturday and Sunday’s festivities were a celebration of food, family and community. 

“By Thursday I could feel the town come alive; there was an excited vibe in the air!” beamed Anne Accorsini, one of the Italian Festival volunteers. 

Ingham High school students Sheridan Chadwick, Heidi Mitchell, Holly Morton, Isabelle Krause, Shamietza Hawkins, Hannah De Bella and Erin Venables showcased their sustainable evening-wear creations. Jenna Fighera coordinated the event and chose this focus for their entries, recreating pre-loved clothing as part of the sustainable theme. 

Bird Tribe came from Cairns to showcase their wearable art designs that are inspired by nature and use natural plant dyes. 

State MP Nick Dametto along with the event’s hosts, Ms White  brought the community together as they walked the crowd, discussing the various fashion trends and cuisine with local families and visitors.   

Saturday saw a 70m line-up of customers waiting for their Italian feast from Mamma’s Cucina food stall. Master Chefs Ed Slater and Guido Giliberto cooked 1500 Arancini balls for the festival while chefs Lorraine Capozzo and Janet Astorquia were hard at work looking after squid, chips, peperonata and polenta.

Competing against a mixed competitors in Sunday’s spaghetti eating competition, young Mia Shemlowski surprised the crowd and came through with a strong win.

Sunday saw children competing for the first time in an ice-cream eating competition. There was lots of brain freeze for the young competitors and despite a headache Noor Shareef maintained a steady pace and won the competition. Her mother Fathima Shareef was glad she brought her family to visit from Townsville and they were able to participate in the festival. 

It was an amazing weekend for everyone involved. Large crowds of locals as well as visitors from outside the region provided an economic boost to Ingham whilst enjoying the culinary and artistic delights on offer.   

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