We could all use a European holiday but when that’s not feasible, we must make like the Italians and sip on wines, let Nonna force feed us (happily) and chill out.
Well, have we got good news for you?! The King Valley, AKA Victoria’s slice of Italy’s winery region, is going to be the backdrop for a two-day festival dedicated to all of the above, as well as prosecco pops. Aptly named La Dolce Vita, which translates to the sweet life, the food and wine festival runs from 18 to 19 November and will see 11 local wineries join forces to show you a good time, Italian-style.
If you’re lucky enough to nab tickets (which are only $25, might we add) you’ll get to taste plenty of new and museum-release wines directly from the cellar door in your new souvenir tasting glass, as well as enjoy authentic eats made by Nonna or a local legend, live tunes, competitions, masterclasses and more.
Foodies are definitely going to want to make a beeline for SBS Destination Flavour host Adam Liaw’s cooking masterclass at Brown Brothers from 11am on both days, where he’ll show you the ropes to making a simple wine-matched meal.
Then it’s time for a breather and some King Valley prosecco pops. Made with alpine strawberries and white peaches, you’ll be begging to buy a whole bunch for safe-keeping in your freezer (ahem, mouth) later on.
Once you’ve cooled off sufficiently, head on over to the La Cantina markets and stock up on some local fruit and preserves before making your way to the Gnocchi Carnevale at Pizzini Wines to fill your belly with the pillows of potato goodness.
And the only way to top off your festival experience is at Dal Zotto’s Prosecco Party on Saturday. Owner Otto Dal Zotto (best name ever?!) will be dishing up the Tuscan pork rolls he is famous for, matched with prosecco cocktails of course. Best day ever? We think so!
So what are you waiting for? Book a weekend getaway and enjoy two glorious days of food, wine and good times galore in the King Valley.
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