The bond between Italians and their food and wine is a sacred one, and with the Sydney Italian Wine + Food Festival, Sydneysiders are invited to partake in this holy combination. Get ready to abandon any carbless aspirations and embrace gloriously hearty nosh as this festival returns to Sydney. With it comes the promise of produce that will dance upon your tastebuds in a merry cheese and basil-infused tarantella.
This year, they're setting up shop for the day at the Eveleigh's Australian Technology Park for the first time and they're bringing along some of the best names in Italian cuisine. Cooking demonstrations and talks will be on all day. Want to see mozzarella being freshly made? You can. Want to watch fettuccine be churned out from scratch? Go for it.
As well as watching the creation of Italian food, you can also, of course, eat some. There will be fresh produce to purchase, with everything from gelato to coffee, pasta to pizza on offer. The marketplace will host pop-up restaurants from some of Australia's best chefs, including Via Napoli, Rocker, Lucio's Pizzeria and Cow and Moon. There will also be a bruschetta station, serving up free slices of the tomato-topped toast all day. Pair that with over 150 of Italy's finest wines and you've got yourself a damn good feast. Not to mention a casual spritz and negroni bar.
Once you've eaten yourself silly, you can loll around in a semi-food coma in the wine garden while enjoying some live Italian jazz — or stay inside and watch 'pizza acrobatics'.