Townsville Eats is back for May and this time Townsville City Council is bringing the taste of Italy to the CBD.

The inaugural Townsville Eats brought around 10,000 people to Flinders Street to explore some of the city’s best food from brick and mortar businesses and food trucks alike.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said this month’s Townsville Eats is shaping up to be bigger and better than the first significantly more food vendors.

“Council received a lot of feedback after the first event and we have been working with food vendors and restaurants to step it up for the Taste of Italy,” Cr Hill said.

“We’ve engaged with more local businesses, changed the layout of the event and are bringing in more chairs and tables to accommodate for the large crowds we saw last month.

“It really is looking to be an exciting event with roving entertainment, live music and a special North Australian Festival of Arts announcement.”

Townsville Eats will kick off from 5pm and Council is partnering with Donna Bionda to hold a pasta eating competition with prizes to be won.

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said it was amazing to see so many people in the CBD last month.

“There were around 10,000 people eating, drinking and shopping in the CBD during the last Townsville Eats – it was an amazing event,” Cr Greaney said.

“Council is always looking for a way to activate the CBD and Townsville Eats has shown that we can work collaboratively with businesses to bring people into the city.

“There will be another Park and Ride for residents and I’m looking forward to seeing the event grow and support local businesses into the future.”

For more information, visit: https://whatson.townsville.qld.gov.au/events/townsville-eats