Set to take place on March 7, the lunch will mark the return of large community events and will see Italian clubs and associations come together after months of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers are expecting a big turnout and the event will comply with restrictions still in place in NSW.

On the day, the winning teachers of the coveted Italian Education Awards will be recognised in a special ceremony, and a report on the foundation’s charitable activities will be presented.

And, of course, the crowd will be entertained by the event’s two special guests.

Avati and Bonfante both have strong Italian roots.

Having grown up in his father’s fruit shop in one of Sydney’s traditionally Italian suburbs, surrounded by beautiful Italian produce, popular Italian movies, classic Neapolitan songs, and every dialect imaginable, Bonfante developed a passion for singing and opera at a young age.

He discovered a natural gift that would later take him all around the world performing in international operas and at prestigious community events.

Meanwhile, Avati has become a firm fixture on the Australian comedy circuit alongside comic greats.

Joe Avati. (Photo supplied)

He frequently performs sold-out shows to massive crowds in Australia, the UK, the USA and Canada.

Avati is in high demand due to his natural talent and versatility: he performs shows in English, Italian and Calabrian dialect.

Both artists are a source of pride for the Italian community and will only add to the vibrant atmosphere of the Italian-Australian Community Charity Lunch.