The Live Cookery Theatre will showcase a host of Italian chefs and masterclasses from Manchester to Italy and beyond.

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th August

Gennaro Contaldo

Italian chef, TV star and award-winning author Gennaro Contaldo will star at this year’s Festival. Italian cookery icon Gennaro will be performing a live cookery demo, Q and A and book signing at the Festa on Saturday 27th July at 3.00pm in the Festa Pavilion. The event will be free to attend.

Saturday 28th August

Giancarlo Caldesi

27th - 29th August

Carmela's Kitchen

Join Carmella Hayes of Carmela's kitchen for a hands on workshop making some beautiful pasta, as only she does!

Sunday 29th August

Aldo Zilli


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