The saying goes “Italiani lo fanno meglio”, which translates to “Italians do it better” and when it comes to the people who brought us the likes of pizza, pasta, Negronis and truffled pecorino into our lives, who are we to argue? For one wonderful day this August, Sydneysiders will celebrate the ones who keep our tummies (and carb cravings) satisfied with the return of the Italian Wine + Food Festival at Sydney’s Town Hall.
So with only one glorious day to play with (that’s ten short hours) we thought we’d help you guys out and give you our top ten must-dos for this year’s festival.
#1 Eat All The Food
It would be, quite frankly, un-Italian to not eat all of the snacks, all of the pasta and at least a slice (or five) of the pizza on offer from some of Sydney’s best Italian restaurants. Expect the likes of Otto, Buon Ricordo, Popolo, Mantecato and Lot. 1 Sydney cooking up a storm in their Chefs’ Kitchens. Stomachs at the ready, team.
#2 Salt Meats Cheese Salumi & Cheese Bar
Those clever cats from Salt Meats Cheese will be slicing salumi and cheese (the two greatest things in life) for your eating pleasure in the food market throughout the day.
#3 Learn How To Cook Like A True Italian
If you’ve always wanted to know how to make the perfect pasta, or master the art of fresh mozzarella, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll learn from the likes of Federico Zanellato from Lumi, Buon Ricordo’s Armando Percuoco and Richard Ptacnik from Otto, to name a talented few and be well on your way to full blown Nonna status by the end of the day.
#4 Taste Test 200 Wines
Check your tokens at the door because the 200 wines on offer are on pour! They’re from all over Italy and you definitely don’t want to make any of them feel left out, be sure to give all of the wines the love they deserve.
#5 Eat Campari Lemon Meringue Tarts
And more importantly learn how to make them along with Negroni doughnuts (yep, Negroni doughnuts are officially a thing that we are very excited about) thanks to the cake making classes at the Salt Meats Cheese mini cooking school.
#6 Drink All The Negronis
If you’re not making a cake with Negronis you better be drinking them at the Negroni bar. This year’s bar is lead by bartending legend Max Greco, and we’re confident he knows how to whip something Count Negroni would happily down.
#7 Up Your Wine Game On A Sommelier Tour
Tour Italy’s wine region on foot (without leaving Sydney) with some of Sydney’s top sommeliers so you can be confident when it comes to deciding whether your next meal is in need of a Montepulciano from Tuscany or a Sangiovese.
#8 Take An Olive Oil Workshop
A true Italian knows the importance of good quality olive oil and Nino Zoccali from Pendolino is at the ready with his olive oil workshops so you can taste the difference for yourself.
#9 Chill Out In The Wine Garden
It’s not a festival without music, and there’s no better place to chill out with your plate of tasty treats than the wine garden complete with live music and DJs. This is also where you’ll need to be in order to tick #6 off the list.
#10 Roll Home With Your Food Coma
Make like the Italians do and have a good, long nap after a day enjoying the finer things in life and doing your version of La Dolce Vita.
What: The Italian Wine + Food Festival
When: Saturday 21st August, 11am – 9pm
Where: Sydney Town Hall
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Image credit: Federica Portentoso at Mantecato, Salt Meats Cheese, Italian Wine + Food Festival.