Here in Australia, many of us love Italian food and wine – whether we are Italian or not! We love pasta, pizza, olive oil, olives, cheeses, and of course espresso coffee! Italian wines are also a favourite among many Australians – including Prosecco, Sangiovese, Moscato and Chianti Classico wine.
Lovers of fine Italian food and Italian wines in Australia who are lucky enough to be in Sydney have the opportunity of attending the Sydney Italian Wine + Food Festival. This is an event that is likely to suit not only those who enjoy Italian food and wine, but also people in the trade who wish to enhance their skills in food and wine preparation and service. The festival is presented by Smeg, and will be held on August 30, 2015 from 11am to 9pm at the Sydney Town Hall.
What the festival will include:
- Festival tasting hall and wine garden with 300+ Italian wines and Australian wines (made from Italian grapes) to taste.
- The chance to meet Italian winemakers and importers from different regions.
- Opportunity to learn about Italy’s regional grape varieties.
- Four one-hour long Italian wine masterclasses, each of which features ten different wines and includes a tasting booklet. These will include “Super Tuscany”, “Uncovering the Mezzogiorno”, “Unmasking Valpolicella”, and “The Great Nebbiolo debate”.
- Plumm wine workshop – an introduction to tasting techniques and premium wine glassware and the reasons for glass shapes.
- Sommelier tours of favourite wine regions in Italy.
By all accounts these masterclasses are popular, make sure to book early so you don’t miss out!
- Food market – where you can stock up on all things Italian-food from coffee, honey and olive oil to bread, pasta and cheese.
- Opportunity to see live cheese-making and butter-churning.
- Live cooking demonstrations.
- Chef’s tours – celebrity chefs share their favourite Italian delights.
- Food and wine sessions in the Vault – including butter and olive oil, pizza forum, and modern versus traditional food.
- Olive oil masterclass with Nino Zocalli, one of Australia’s foremost olive oil experts.
- Negroni Bar – Italian cocktail bar.
- Coffee and Espresso Martini Bar – for the best coffee in town!
- Festival dinner – a five-course feast at Balla at The Star. It will include Assaggini, Antipasti, Primi, Secondi, and Dolci, and espresso and biscotti to round it off.
To find out more or buy tickets, check out the Sydney Italian Wine + Food Festival website. Don’t leave it too late if you don’t want to miss out on trying a range of Italian wines in Sydney, and enjoying a wonderful array of Italian foods.