Say cheese at the Ital­ian fes­ti­val

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Stephen Briggs joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy 01733 588728

The sights, sounds and smells of Italy were brought to Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre for a spec­tac­u­lar fes­ti­val.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple got a taste of the Mediter­ranean as the an­nual Ital­ian Fes­ti­val was held in Cathe­dral Square, Bridge Street and Long Cause­way on Satur­day and Sun­day.

While the rain came down on the first day, vis­i­tors were given the Ital­ian ex­pe­ri­ence on Sun­day as the sun shone on the square.

The eighth fes­ti­val is now the big­gest of its kind in the coun­try, and has at­tracted star chefs in pre­vi­ous years.

Last week­end saw dis­tin­guished Si­cil­ian-born chef Carmelo Carnevale host­ing cook­ery demon­stra­tions. Carmel lois the ex­ec­u­tive chef at Aman re­sorts and Pres­i­dent of APCI UK, the pro­fes­sional Ital­ian chef al­liance in the UK. His ca­reer has taken him all over Europe and Rus­sia – and to some of Lon­don’s lead­ing restau­rants, and he en­cour­aged chil­dren to get in­volved in cook­ing at some of his dis­plays.

Mayor of Peter­bor­ough cllr David San­ders said he had en­joyed his visit to the fes­ti­val.

He said :“It was just awe­some. The Ital­ians re­ally know how to throw a good party.

“The at­mos­phere was vi­brant and the food was fan­tas­tic- it was a re­ally good event .”

Along with the food, the cars were the stars, with Fer­raris, Lam­borgh­i­nis and Alfa Romeos all on dis­play - along with the new Fiat Spi­der. And for those that pre­ferred their horse­power on two wheels, there were also a num­ber of Du­catis.

Opera singers and Ital­ian dancers kept the crowd en­ter­tained, while there were a num­ber of stalls where vis­i­tors could buy Ital­ian food.

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