Peterborough’s Italian Festival has proved such a success it’s guaranteed a return next year.

Peterborough City Council has confirmed the two day event will be back once again with plans to expand it even further.


A council spokesman told ESP – “The intention is to continue to grow the event in terms of exhibitors, diversity of attractions and visitors.

“Companies interested in sponsoring the event should contact or call 01733 452217 as we would be keen to hear from anyone interested in supporting this fantastic event.”

The Italian Festival was held over two days on September 21 and 22 and attracted thousands of people into the city centre.


Peterborough’s popular Italian Festival was the biggest in its five-year history with the addition of more entertainment and attractions celebrating Italian culture and traditions, but it’s hoped even more can be added to the mix.

This year it included the culinary delights of a food market from the Foggia region of Italy and a large selection of salami, cheeses, pizzette and cakes on the market as well as other sweet and savory treats.

Stalls and entertainment included wine making, Italian fashion, food tasting, authentic ceramic arts, Italian holiday offers and traditional accordion and guitar playing and brand new to the festival this year was a 30-piece marching band from Foggia.

Other displays included Peterborough Lambretta and Vespa Scooter Club and a range of Italian motorcycles and cars.


The festival is organised by the Italian Community Association with support from Peterborough City Council.

Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations for Peterborough City Council, said: “The Italian Festival grows in stature every year and it is beginning to attract people with a passion for all things Italian from outside of the city. We have continued to work closely with the Italian Community Association to ensure it remains as one of Peterborough’s premier events. 

“The festival is an open invitation for all of us to celebrate the Italian way of life and their culture over a weekend where there is always something to enjoy for everyone.”

ESP photographer Chris Brudenell was there to capture the action and if you missed out our video reporter Lorenzo Monteforte recorded a flavour of this fabulous weekend… [youtube id=”_uavYH3qdy4″ width=”600″ height=”350″]


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