La Festa – Food & Wine


July 30, 2022

11:00 am

- 10:00 pm






Fogarty Park



Fun, Food and Italian Culture

Join us on Saturday 30 July 2022 for a fabulous day of family fun celebrating all things Italian Culture with delicious Italian from different regions of Italy, wine, coffee and world-class entertainment.

Opening weekend kicks off with “La Festa” an Italian extravaganza that will transform Fogarty Park with the best Italian culinary delights celebrating mouth-watering produce with a fabulous array of food and drink stalls, cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live band performances by Siesta Cartel, Made in Italy Show, MC James Liotta, Pizza Acrobatics & Daniela & Stefania from My Kitchen Rules, Italian music and dancing, fashion parade and kids’ activities. The day will end with a spectacular fireworks display.

This is the perfect family day out!


  • Adult: $17.90
  • Child (5 – 16 years): $5.50
  • Infants (0 – 4 years): FREE
  • Family Pass ( 2 adults + 2 children): $40.68



James Liotta – La Festa MC and ‘Pippo & Pasquale’ Performance

James Liotta

James Liotta is an award winning performer with over 25 years of experience and has toured constantly around Australia as a stand up comedian alongside ethnic comedy icons such as: Joe Avati, George Kapiniaris and Tahir. He is well known for having MC’d countless Italian festivals across Australia as well as major events both corporate and public. James has appeared on numerous TV shows and TVC’s over the last two decades but most recently as Cousin Lino in the new FAT PIZZA – Back in Business series on the 7 Network. He has also co-hosted and co-produced his own late night comedy talk show on Channel 9 GO in 2014. In 2019 he was accepted to participate on Australia’s Got Talent where his stand up comedy performance received 4 ‘yes’ votes on the night of airing on channel 7. He continuous to tour around the country both as a Comic and MC with a focus on his co-produced comedy shows alongside his partner in crime Piero Viavattene with their side-splitting antics as Pippo and Pasquale who have amassed over 5 Million views collectively online and have sold thousands of tickets to their live stage shows.

Pippo and Pasquale

Pippo and Pasquale (Performed by Piero Viavattene and James Liotta) have gained an enormous popularity online with millions of views collectively. They have sold out shows right across Australia and have featured on the TODAY SHOW – CH9 as well as CH10 News and Melbourne’s number one radio station 3AW. Their side-splitting antics have seen them perform live for various Italian festivals across the nation and have fast become Australia’s funniest Italian Comedic Duo. They may have started ‘online’ but the requests to see them live are now in constant demand. Their wives ‘Maria and Maria’ are their biggest fans, this is because they are also performed by them! They like to keep it all in the family!

MKR’s Daniela & Stefania

Daniela and Stefania are two crazy cousins who love to cook. Their passion for food comes from their Italian background and cooking with their mums. In 2011 they entered Channel 7’s My Kitchen Rules and came 3rd runners-up.

Milva Carucci

Australian Designer and Dressmaker

Milva Carucci is 1st generation of Italian migrants. Who were pioneer tobacco farmers from Dimbulah.

She has a passion to curate bespoke custom made and ready to wear garments that provide a flattering fit and make women feel incredible!

Based in the picturesque country town of Mareeba located 80km west of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Milva’s home-based atelier encapsulates the purest daily inspiration of natural serenity and the perfect setting to sketch ideas and collections over ‘the Italian currency’ of an espresso.

With over 40 years of dressmaking expertise, her business started several years ago in very humble beginnings. Milva’s love for sewing and dressmaking started at a very young age through to her teenage years where she would come up with different concepts and fabric combinations. What started as dabbling in bringing her lifelong passion to life by helping people with alterations and small dressmaking jobs has now grown significantly to create both custom made and ready to wear outfits worn all over Australia and New Zealand.

Understanding and experiencing the pure frustration and inconvenience of not finding garments that fit her body shape, Milva Carucci Designs represents a curated collection of signature styles that embody classic and flattering silhouettes that are memorable.

From the early stages of concept through to the finished garment, each piece represents the essence ‘heart to hand’ movement which is something Milva holds quite highly with her brand ethos, along with sustainability in fashion. The emphasis on ‘heart to hand’ also challenges her clients to think more about the custom fit of the beautiful garment that is created for them individually rather than consideration to the ‘number on the tag’.

Luciano Codotto

Born in Latisana, the Italian region of Friuli. Started singing at the age of 3 in kindergarten. Migrated to Cairns in 1956, Luciano has been entertaining the North Qld community since the 1960’s.

He has appeared in over 30 musicals and operas, many with The Cairns Choral Society, Townsville Choral Society and the Qld Opera Company. He’s played several leading roles in musical comedy.

Luciano has entertained State Premiers, Ambassadors, sung on the exclusive Lizard Island, has entertained at countless weddings, multicultural and religious festivals throughout the Far North region.

Luciano was President of the Italian Social & Dance Club of Cairns for 26 years where he led a tradition Italian folk dancing and singing group.

Siesta Cartel

Siesta Cartel are a unifying musical movement led by a group of young Italians from Melbourne whose hearts beat to the music they play from a time long ago, where their beloved traditions was born. On a mission to unite all Italians in Australia with the music that helped raise them and they still love today.

“The sound of that music reminds me of my heritage. That sound today is Siesta Cartel”

Made In Italy The Show

Enjoy Italian music from each decade

After Sell Out Shows, pre COVID, we are back and can’t wait to be a part of the 1st ever Cairns Italian Festival.

‘Made in Italy’ The Show is a new sleek Production that will take you down memory lane. This Show will have you reminiscing, taking you as far back as the 50’s as we celebrate timeless Italian music from each decade.

Crossing over generations, Made in Italy The Show appeals to all ages as we pay tribute to artists that include Dean Martin, Jimmy Fontana, Umberto Tozzi, Pupo, Ricchie e Poveri and Marcella Bella.

This professional accomplished 7-piece line up will not disappoint. Featuring Tony Mazell, Cristina Capponi and Sara Mazell on vocals, it doesn’t get much better than this.

‘Made in Italy The Show’ is the ultimate Celebration of Italian Music. Not to be missed!

Opera Singers

Alteouise deVaughn

Mezzo Soprano – Local Port Douglas resident

Mezzo-soprano Alteouise deVaughn has performed a wide variety of roles with opera companies in the United States and abroad, including New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Virginia Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Opera Omaha, Hawaii Opera Theater, Arkansas Opera Theater, Eugene Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, and in Cagliari, Rio de Janeiro, and Trieste. Other career highlights include performing with the Atlanta Symphony in Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time and with Opera Theatre of St. Louis in Orfeo and Euridice, as well as appearing in New York City Opera’s nationally televised production of Carmen. DeVaughn is a winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, the George London Career Grant Silver Medal, New York City Opera’s Stanley Tausend Award, and the Leontyne Price Award from the National Negro Business Women’s Association.

Adrian Strooper

Local Cairns resident
Australian born tenor Adrian Strooper, has recently returned to Australia from Germany, where he was 10 years a resident soloist at the Komische Oper Berlin. His many roles included Il Conte Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Sivilgia, Lenski in Jewgeni Onegin, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He regularly performs Tamino in the world renowned production of Die Zauberflöte appearing at the Opera Comique, Paris, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow and Liceu, Barcelona along with the 2019 Perth, Adelaide and Auckland festivals. In 2017 he was a guest at the Adelaide Festival in the role of Jonathan in Barrie Kosky’s Glynbourne production of Saul by Händel and debuted as Tom Rakewell, The Rakes Progress, in a concert performance at Warsaw Festival with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Further roles in Adrian’s repertoire include, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Lysander in Sommernachtstraum Britten, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Jupiter in Semele by Händel, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Agenore in Il re Pastore by Mozart, Pylades in Händels’ Oreste and Der Junge Graf in Die Soldaten by Zimmerman.

Adrian has performed in a guest capacity at the Semperoper Dresden, Oper Leipzig, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Theater Bremen, Toulon Opera, New Zealand Opera and Australian Opera. His concert repertoire includes the works of Haydn, Händel, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and arias in the St Matthews Passion and the arias and Evangelist in the Johannes Passion. Adrian has sung with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Noord Nederlandse Orchestra, Latvijas Concerti in Riga and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

In 2012 Adrian performed at the Innsbruck Festspiel Der Alte Musik, as Armidoro in La Stellidaura Vendicante by Provenzale with conductor Allesandro de Marchi, whereby a live recording was made and subsequently released by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.

Between 2010 and 2012 Adrian performed Tamino in Peter Brooks critically acclaimed and award winning Une Flute Enchentée, subsequently embarking on a world tour where he performed at some of the largest music and arts festivals, including the Lincoln Centre Festival in New York, Les Nuits in Lyon, The Barbican in London, Piccolo Teatro Milan, Buenos Aires Festival, Sao Paolo Festival and The Music Festival Bremen.

In 2009 Adrian was a member of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festspiele receiving master classes with Thomas Quasthof, Christa Ludwig and Michael Schade and studying the roles of Rinaldo in Armida by Haydn and Septimius in Theodora by Händel. He was subsequently invited to return in 2010 for the role of Benvolio in Gounods’ Romeo et Juliette with Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Adrian was engaged by the Festival D’aix en Provence in 2006 as Pastore/Spirito 1 in L’Orfeo conducted by Rene Jacobs.

Catherine Knight

Soprano – Local Cairns resident
A Cairns local born and bred Cathy has been singing for as long as she can remember. She started singing with the late local legend Sheila Knudson while at school. Over her many years of training with Sheila she obtained her Associate Diploma in Music Australia (Voice) from AMEB, and was Champion of Champions Soloist at the North Queensland Eisteddfod on 3 different occasions. While by day she is the Admin Manager for a local building subcontracting firm, she is also heavily involved with many local music performances including the Cairns Choral Society where she has performed roles such as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance and Viviane in Legally Blonde, with Douglas Theatre Arts Group as Sr Mary Amnesia in Nunsense and Maria in Sound of Music which she also reprised for Atherton Performing Arts. She has been a part of Opera Qld Community Chorus Projects Ruddigore and Project Rossini. Cathy is loving working with Alteousie whose has championed and encouraged local performers with her love of opera.

Frank Dangelico

Baritone – Local Cairns resident
Co-writer and co-lead actor in “La Bella Figura” performed at Jute Theatre in 2021 to a sellout season.

Chorus member of Opera Queensland Community Chorus for Project Rossini (2016), Project G&S (2018) & Project Puccini (2020)

Actor and singer in the 2016 production of Beginnings

Co Founder & MC at the annual “Viva Luciano” event in Cairns since 2016

Regular presenter of “Wine Time” segment of The Kitchen Sessions show with Roz Pappalardo

Lead singer/Guitarist/Songwriter of contemporary band “The Southside Project”

Founder/performer in “Sunday at Six” collaboration with Rick Beresford & Warren Clements

Regular MC at numerous themed & charity events at Piccolo Cucina

MC/ Wine Guy at “Chefs in Paradise” events at Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, these events featured the likes of Manu Fieldel & Alastair McLeod

Panel member & contributor of “Playground Politics” on ABC Far North

Wine educator & hospitality trainer, partially responsible for many good things in Cairns hospitality

Business owner & operator of The Wine Tradition NQ in Cairns since 2007