PRIMA NON­NAS, BUT THERE CANNOLI BE ONE

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - MICHELLE COLLINS

MORE than 30 Ital­ian grand­moth­ers will line up for nonna’s slip­per toss at Festi­talia to­mor­row.

The an­nual Ital­ian fes­ti­val’s event man­ager Nella Alba-Cal­abrese said en­trants in the tongue-in-cheek com­pe­ti­tion had to be older than 70 and be a grand­mother. “The slip­per toss came about from a meme that is pop­u­lar in the Ital­ian com­mu­nity that says you can get your mum and your grand­mother in a game of cricket and they can’t hit a ball with a bat, but if you do some­thing wrong and they see it from the kitchen they can hit you in the back of the head with a slip­per with ab­so­lute ac­cu­racy.”

The nonna that can throw the slip­per the far­thest will take the ti­tle.

Festi­talia will be held on at Spencer Park, New­mar­ket, to­mor­row from 11am to 6pm.

Other high­lights in­clude flag throw­ers, his­tor­i­cal re-en­act­ments, pizza ac­ro­bat Youssef Ben-Touati and gelato and cannoli eat­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

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