The Italian Wine and Food Festival was held at the Royal Exhibition Buildings in Carlton Gardens. Gathered were Italians known for their various culinary fields, whether it be wine from the many regions of Italy, pasta, ciabatta bread, truffles, salami, or cannoli to name a few.
The festival was set up with four distinct areas to peruse. There was the wine tasting area where we were encouraged to visit the wineries with our Plumm tasting glass in hand and try all the different wines on offer. Present was the new Van Di Vino from The Prosecco Queen, a drinks caravan that specialises in delicious Proseccos and can be hired for various functions – wedding, parties, anything!
Also there were many of the big names on the Melbourne Italian restaurant scene, set up as pop up restaurants. We were able to taste many dishes including the world class margherita from 400 Gradi, pasta from Vaporetto and classics from Small Axe Kitchen and Trattoria Emilia.
The Marketplace was where all the providores were, offering samples of their specialities to try and then purchase. There was so much to choose from and all the exhibitors had such passion for their products. We were lucky enough to taste some delicious breads, parmesan cheese, olive oil, homestyle dips and even some amazing gnocchi in burnt butter sauce.
There were also cooking demonstrations from top Italian chefs, giving the audience insight into their practices and providing tips and tricks to create amazing dishes.
The event was a showcase in Italian food and culture, and the essence was captured in the hashtag of the day #ItaliansDoItBetter!
Moni is an Indian who is married to an Italian. With both cultures placing emphasis on food, the two of them spend a ridiculous amount of time eating and drinking. Follow her @_MoniMonsta_.
The Italian Wine and Food Festival will be held again in 2018.
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