A two day celebration of all things Italian is set to be the biggest, most activity filled in the event's seven year history.
Demonstrations of traditional Italian culture will fill Peterborough's Cathedral Square during the two day event on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September.
Carluccio’s, Antonio's Italian restaurant, will be hosting a mushroom stall and restaurateur Commendatore Antonio Carluccio, OBE, OMRI, will be on hand on the Sunday to help people with their purchases, whilst also signing copies of his latest book.
Antonio Carluccio, of Carluccio's restaurant, said: " I am very glad to be in Peterborough again, the bastion of Italianity. I always have a great time in Peterborough so I am looking forward to another visit. The city is always welcoming and with so many Italian residents I know we will enjoy a splendid weekend.”
The festival is organised by Peterborough's Italian Community Association and supported by the council.
Saturday highlights are expected to be:
- Afternoon performances on Cathedral Square from singer Fabrizio Schiavone and Peterborough Operatic Society, and operatic singer Davide Sorrentino in the evening
- Italian food and drink served by traders including La Rondine Bakery, Topo Gigio's, Sub Xpress, Gallone's and Pizza Roma
- A display of classic vehicles including Ferrari, Lancia, Ducati, Lambretta and Vespa
Sunday highlights include:
- Antonio Carluccio's appearance and book signing
- Hairdressing demonstrations and jewellery on sale at the Tahlia’s Closet stand
- Traditional wine making
- Performances by classical crossover singer Teresa De Roberto, Just Dance and Little Fran
- Delicious Italian food and drink on sale including limoncello, meatballs, traditional pastries and gelato
Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications, said: “The summer months may be drawing to a close but the Peterborough Italian Festival always brings a ray of Mediterranean sunshine to the city centre.
"To have Antonio Carluccio with us on the Sunday is a real coup, to follow on from what will be a treat of a Saturday.
"Celebrations of culture are a huge draw to the city centre. The Italian Festival will lead on from the very successful Portuguese Festival earlier in the summer, and we still have the Diwali Festival and Black History Month events to come."