Peterborough’s Italian Festival set to be biggest yet

The Italian Festival in Cathedral Square, Peterborough in 2012. Photo: Rowland Hobson
The Italian Festival in Cathedral Square, Peterborough in 2012. Photo: Rowland Hobson
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Pisa, Palermo, Perugia and Parma come to Peterborough this weekend, 21/22 September.

This year’s Italian Festival is set to be the biggest in its five year history, with the usual flamboyant offerings of fast cars, great food and traditional entertainment.

The popular event, organised by the Italian Community Association with support from Peterborough City Council, will take place on Cathedral Square on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 2013.

Shoppers and visitors will be able to enjoy the culinary delights of a food market from the Foggia region of Italy, with a large selection of salami, cheeses, pizzette and cakes on the market as well as other sweet and savory treats.

New to the festival this year is a 30-piece marching band from Foggia, which will be performing on both days.

Saturday will also see a number of other exhibitors trade into the evening when traditional Italian music and singing will be performed in front of the Guild Hall.

Additional stalls and entertainment will be on show on day two of the festival and displays include wine making, Italian fashion, food tasting, authentic ceramic arts, Italian holiday offers and traditional accordion and guitar playing.

Sunday will also mark the arrival of the festival’s special guest, Italian chef and TV personality, Gennaro Contaldo who will cook a recipe he has created for Peterborough.

Famous for his touring of Italian regions alongside Antonio Carluccio in BBC’s Two Greedy Italians, Gennaro will also be hosting a book signing in the Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street.

Supporting businesses include Papa Luigi, Tavola Calda, Barista, Pizza Roma, The Pasta Shop, Frankie and Bennies, Marks and Spencer, Britaly Travel, The Green Backyard Mattoni Restaurant, Asda, Donald’s Alfa Romeo and Michael Mcintyre Magic.

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