Lisa Gava and Melba de Re serve up some home-cooked Italian fare at the Lismore Italian Festival.
Lisa Gava and Melba de Re serve up some home-cooked Italian fare at the Lismore Italian Festival. Northern Star

Italian tradition comes to Northern Rivers

THE Northern Rivers has a rich Italian history, and all that multicultural community spirit came to the fore yesterday as Lismore's Italo-Australian Club hosted a family-oriented event.

The Northern Rivers Italian Festival included bands, buskers and opera singers, and if it wasn't for rain late in the day participants would still have been playing late into the night.

There were fashion parades and festive food.

There was lots of red, green and white, home-made wine and animated hands.

When it came to a game of Bocce, even the mayor of Lismore gave it a solid go, thanks to some assistance from fellow councillor Gianpiero Battista.

Kerry Melchior said the day was terrific, with a huge crowd.

“We expected it to be big and it was. The variety of stalls and entertainment was excellent and we're hoping to do it bigger and better again next year.”



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