Pizza, pasta and porchetta… these are a few of our favourite things, and also, the delicious pillars of one of the most authentically Italian food and wine festivals in Oz. In its eleventh year (with good reason), A Little Bit Of Italy in Broke will transform its rustic and rural wine-land on April 8th to April 10th to serve up long lunches full of local produce in the vineyards, traditional cooking demonstrations in the cellar doors and a bunch of al fresco fun with friends (um, did somebody say spaghetti-throwing competition?).
So, before you pack up the fam, here are a few fun facts to rattle off to the beautiful people of Broke (you know, before diving into all of the wine and all of the carbs).
3—the number of cooking masterclasses and workshops hosted over the weekend. Try your hand at olive oil and pizza making at Whispering Brooke, a gnocchi masterclass at Catherine Vale and your very own paddock-to-plate experience at Margan Wines.
1—the number of millinery workshops! Try your hand at hat-making at Whispering Brook’s cellar door (and home to the award-winning 2014 Touriga Nacional). Make sure you grab one before heading out back and soaking up the serenity.
2.5—the number of hours it takes to get to Broke (without traffic). Throw on your road tripping hat, grab a cheeky hash brown from McDonalds and make sure your Taylor Swift playlist (and best friend) are ready for the drive.
1—the number of whole pigs being roasted. The inaugural porchetta carving at Pickled & Pitted is making our mouths water NOW.
55—the number of power-packed vinos you’ll get to sip on (gulp) over the weekend. Our favourites? The crisp yet refreshing 2013 Rose Vescence from Ascella Organic Wines and the limited release Fiano from family-owned boutique wine company Stomp! Wines.
2,000—the number of expected visitors in Broke for a ‘little bit of Italy’.
1—the number of organic vineyards in the sub-region. If you’re after a big weekend without the hangover, best to stick to Ascella Organic Wines. Winemaker’s Geoff and Barbara have a deep commitment to health and wellbeing, making wines with natural preservatives and without potentially harmful chemicals. Bottoms up, we say.
1—the number of biodynamic vineyards in the sub-region. Krinklewood, a family-owned boutique winery and vineyard, are committed and “hands on” in the daily biodynamic operations of the vineyard and farm. Oh, and they have a bunch of peacocks that don’t mind a selfie or two #justsaying.
5 –the number of Italian varietals grown in Broke Fordwich which include the Fiano, Barberra, Sangiovese, Dolcetto and Arneis.
2—the number of Bocce courts located in Broke. If you’ve got a knack for outdoor bowls, don’t leave Broke before visiting Stomp! Wines and Catherine Vale for a play.
3—the number of participating wineries that also have olive groves alongside their vineyards. Venture out to Whispering Brooke, Broke’s Promise and Stomp! Wines for a frolic in the olive grove (oh, and make sure you pick up the Lemon Myrtle-infused olive oil at Whispering Brooke—bellisimo!)
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