Gennaro brings taste of the Mediterranean to Peterborough

Food lovers packed into Cathedral Square to get a slice of the action as a top Italian chef brought a taste of Italy to Peterborough.

Wednesday, 10th July 2019, 7:00 am
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA

There was perfect pasta and peerless pizza on offer to visitors to the Peterborough Italian Festival last weekend. The annual event is one of the biggest in the city’s calendar, and despite wet weather on Saturday making the Italian coast seem another world away, Cathedral Square was filled all weekend as residents got a small taste of the Mediterranean. This year was the 11th time the city has held the festival, and celebrity chef Gennaro Contaldo was the star attraction on both Saturday and Sunday, as he made his second visit to the Peterborough Italian Festival. Gennaro, who is best known for teaching Jamie Oliver about Italian cookery, took to the stage to give a question and answer session, before signing autographs for fans, before trying the extensive range of traditional food and drink on offer from a variety of special stalls set up. He was also keen to try out some of Italy’s other exports, with a range of cars and motorbikes and scooters on display. Peterborough boxer Cello Renda, who has Italian heritage, was on hand to give demonstrations and lessons to younger visitors, and encourage them to take up the sport. There was live music from the Principi dance and music group from Bovino, Foggia, folk band Laboratorio Orafolk from Deliceto, Foggia and singers Pip Brown. ‘The Jersey Boy’ and Luke Carey performed some the best known hots from Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli and Dean Martin.

Chello Render gives boxing demonstrations as part of the Italia Festival. Pictured here with Tommy Robertson (8), City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
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Chello Render gives boxing demonstrations as part of the Italia Festival. Pictured here with Tommy Robertson (8), City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Chello Render gives boxing demonstrations as part of the Italia Festival. Pictured here Team L2R Chello Render, Chloe Hastings, Andy Burley, Sarah Huebler, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Joanne Kendle from Cake Bake sells cakes at the italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Mich Soccio shows off his impressive vases at the italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
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People buyng cakes at the italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
People buyng cakes at the italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Marco Cereste and Domanico D'Angelo at the italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
William Dell'Orefice and Liam Tutty sell coffee at the italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
William Dell'Orefice and Liam Tutty sell coffee at the italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Andrea Di' Ceglie of Itia Solicitors traveled from Italy to set up a stall at the italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Husband and Wife team Movianna and Avdio Gennoro offer authentic Italian cooking at the Italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Dancers and Musicians at the Italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Dancers and Musicians at the Italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Massimino Malacrino The Italian wolverine dancing as the emporer at the Italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Dancers and Musicians at the Italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Massimino Malacrino The Italian wolverine dancing as the emporer at the Italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Massimino Malacrino The Italian wolverine dancing as the emporer at the Italian festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA
Peterborough Italian Festival. Special Guest Gennaro Contaldo, City Centre, Peterborough 07/07/2019. Picture by Terry Harris / Peterborough Telegraph. THA