The summer issue

Our summer-packed January issue is out now - featuring our guide to summer rieslings, strawberries and seafood recipes, as well as a look at the best of Bali.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller for just $6 an issue - offer ends 29th January, 2017.

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Sydney Italian Wine and Food Festival 2015

"Italians do it better." Before you jump to point to examples of recent military history, economics or governance, let's be fair - Italy really does have the eating and drinking thing down to a pretty fine art.

And what better way to refresh, revive, deepen or merely indulge your love and understanding of the One True Cuisine than with a visit to The Sydney Italian Wine and Food Festival when it makes its triumphant return to the Town Hall on Sunday 30 August?

There are plenty of vinous good times in store, with more than 300 wines from Italian and Australian producers on pour. The mighty masterclasses are making a comeback, too, with Gourmet Traveller's own Max Allen leading conversations alongside fellow wine writer Huon Hooke covering everything from the history of Tuscan winemaking to the "unmasking" of Valpolicella.

And better yet, says festival director Lara Caraturo, "the food is definitely going to be taking a big step up this year."

Ormeggio's Alessandro Pavoni and Giovanni Pilu from Pilu at Freshwater are returning to head a packed schedule of cooking demonstrations and talks, whether it's butter versus olive oil or modern versus traditional Italian cooking, with the help of their peers from the Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia.

New to the mix are olive oil masterclasses from Pendolino's Nino Zoccali, pasta and cheesemaking demonstrations, plus "meet the chef" tours where Pilu and Pavoni share their favourite Italian regions and top local suppliers.

This year's food market, brought to you by Gourmet Traveller, is bigger and better than ever, featuring coffee by Espresso di Manfredi, soft drinks and water by San Pellegrino, butter churned on the spot by Pepe Saya, and honey from The Urban Beehive.

This year the festival is a day-and-night party, too. Stick around after dark to catch some of the city's finest young talent flexing their culinary muscles with demonstrations by Federico Zanellato of Lumi and ACME's Mitch Orr. You can also kick on the following evening at Balla, where chefs Pilu, Pavoni, Gabriele Taddeucci (Balla), Eugenio Maiale (A Tavola), and Francesco Spataro (Aperitivo) are pulling out all the stops for a five-course dinner inspired by different regions of Italy.

"There's going to be lots of opportunities to learn," says Caraturo, "and plenty of opportunities to eat, of course - it's an Italian event, after all."

The Sydney Italian Wine and Food Festival runs from 11am to 9pm on Sunday 30 August at Sydney Town Hall. Tickets start at $25; visit their website for more details.

Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
A Chinese New Year Night Market at Carriageworks
18.01.2017
Barbecuring cancer this summer
13.01.2017
Reader dinner: Pilu at Freshwater, Sydney
09.01.2017
GT photographer John Laurie's The Light of Day exhibit
06.12.2016
Icebergs First Day of Summer Party returns for 2016
28.11.2016
Carriageworks Christmas Market, Sydney
24.11.2016
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

You might also like...

On a high note

Australia’s restaurant stars took a well-deserved night off ...

Sanpellegrino Cafe Society awards

Sanpellegrino announces the winners of its Sydney Cafe Socie...

Jaeger-Le Coultre 180th birthday

Swiss watch company Jaeger-Le Coultre celebrated its 180th b...

NICI cocktail party

The National Indigenous Culinary Institute introduced its ne...

Porteno book launch

It was Navajo collar tips, pointy shoes and coiffed hair all...

Best at Est

Est's crack troupe of waiters is ferrying an extra-special l...

2006 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque

Glasses of Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque sparkled as the Champa...

March into Merivale

March: it means March into Merivale...

Absolut Oz launch party

Bondi's Bucket List might not quite be East Egg but that did...

2014 Sydney Carnival at Royal Randwick

Randwick gets a taste of Melbourne Cup glamour this autumn r...

Taste of Sydney 2014

Time to strap on the eating boots, folks: Taste of Sydney is...

Calvisius caviar launch

It's one of those "tough job, but someone's got to do it" mo...

Little Sydney 2014 recap

The Little Sydney marquee space at Royal Randwick, featuring...

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond launch

The secret ingredient in Estee Lauder's latest skincare rele...

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×