Peterborough Cathedral Square got dressed in green, white and red for the eighth year on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September when the Italian Festival took place.

Organised by Peterborough's Italian Community Association and supported by the city council, the two-day festival is considered the biggest event of its kind in the UK and it is a real taste of 'La Dolce Vita' in Peterborough city centre.

An Italian market offered a wide range of tantalising sweet and savoury food including wood-fired pizza and homemade desserts such as cannoli, babà and sfogliatelle.

For vehicle enthusiasts, Ferraris were on display alongside a variety of Italian cars dating from 1955 to the present day.

Italian singers, including opera, and dancers also performed over the course of the weekend.

Distinguished Sicilian-born chef Carmelo Carnevale hosted cooking demonstrations. Executive chef at Aman resorts and President of the Professional Italian Chef Alliance in the UK, Carmelo’s career has taken him all over Europe and Russia and to some of London’s leading restaurants.


 Carmelo Carnevale

Carmelo Carnevale cooks Sea Bass with Panzenella at the Peterborough Italian Festival

Councillor Janet Goodwin, cabinet member for city centre management, culture and tourism, said: "Having a chef of the pedigree Carmelo Carnevale attending the festival is also a real coup and I am sure visitors will be interested to learn from him and find out new ways to experiment with their home cooking."