Sample a little slice of Italy
Lismore deputy mayor Isaac Smith will have the weight of the world on his shoulders on Sunday when he captains the Rest of the World soccer team against Italy as part of the Northern Rivers Italian Festival.
Italy won the inaugural match last year and Cr Smith said this year's re-match isn't about winning, “it's about forcing them to use as many bad penalties as possible so it's embarrassing for them.”
Cr Smith's Rest of the World team will include 12 nationalities, but he said playing with an Italian referee was a definite disadvantage for them.
“We all know the Italians suffer when it comes to calling the truth,” he said. “Who knows, with the World Cup coming up again next year, maybe the rest of the world can strike back.”
As well as the soccer match there will be Italian cooking demonstrations, wine tasting, Italian music, bocce and even a mock battle by some Roman gladiators. There will also be market stalls, opera and plenty of activities for the kids.
Vice president of the Italo-Australia Club, Severino DaRoit, said at the peak of Italian migration to the region in the early 1960s, there were 1800 Italians living within a 45-kilometre radius of Lismore. The festival will also see a reunion of the Paradiso Choir, which used to get together in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
The Northern Rivers Italian Festival starts at the Italo-Australia Club this Sunday, October 11, from 10am with the soccer match kicking off at 6pm.