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May 23, 2017 Whats On No Comments Email Email

Everything that’s good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together under one roof in June with the second Melbourne Italian Wine + Food Festival. Just as the appeal of Italian food runs from street-style pizza-fun for the whole family to fresh-pasta finery for the connoisseur, the festival has food and drink, entertainment and information to suit everyone from spaghetti-loving kids to the most engaged Italian-speaking wine lover.

Melbourne’s top Italian chefs are turning out in force to make it a day to remember, with much-loved locals Rosa Mitchell (Rosa’s Canteen), Johnny di Francesco (400 Gradi), Carmine Costantini (Pasta Adagio) plus Andrea Papadakis and Alberto Fava (Tipo 00). Feast on pizza, pasta and Italian snacks in our pop-up restaurants from Melbourne favourites 400 Gradi, Caterina’s Cucina e Bar, Trattoria Emilia, Bar Idda, Pasta Classica, La Bonta, Small Axe, Pasta Adagio and Vaporetto plus there’ll be cooking demonstrations with chefs and providores on the Smeg Main Stage.

Taste over 200 Italian wines by the region, explore Italian-centric Aussie wines, or take an Wine Masterclass curated by our team. Meet winemakers and importers, learn more about the grape varieties, the regions and best of all, how good they taste. Taste wines from Bellavista, Marchese di Barolo, Brancaia, Fuligni, Boscarelli, Fontodi, Tenute del Cerro, plus more! The Barolo Bar and Franciacorta Bar. a wine experience like no other, not to be missed, with sommeliers, verticals and information about these unique styles.

Taste your way through the Marketplace, brimming with Italian goodies including Brunetti, That’s Amore Cheese, Saluministi, Pane e Pizzico, Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma, Consorzio del Parmiggiano Reggiano, Pasta Classica, Luca Ciano Sauces, Eurostore, Gluten Free Gnocchi Bar by Ardor, Truffle Traders, Arancini Art, 7 Apples Gelato, Growlers Creek Chestnuts, Altilio’s Sauces, Maccora Vinocotto, Vinotopia, Molecola Italian Soda and Books for Cooks.

Festival organisers are thrilled to announce a special appearance by Australia’s favourite tenor Mark Vincent performing Italian songs by Mario Lanza. Mark is the only artist in Australian history to have released 6 albums by the age of 20, going on to sell more than half a million albums world-wide. His latest album ‘A Tribute to Mario Lanza’ debuted at number one, becoming the 8th number one debut in his career.

Plus there’s coffee from Espresso di Manfredi’s baristas, Moretti Beer on tap, or sip on an authentic cocktail from the Festival Bar, serving up Negronis and Venetian Spritz all day! Proudly presented by Smeg, the festival is all about celebrating wine, food and culture together in inimitable Italian style.

• All wine tasting included – over 200 wines by region

• Barolo Bar and Franciacorta Bar for the ultimate wine-tasting experience

• Cooking demonstrations by Johnny di Francesco (400 Gradi), Rosa Mitchell, (Rosa’s Canteen), Carmine Costantini (Pasta Adagio), Andrea Papadakis + Alberto Fava (Tipo 00)

• Pop-up restaurants by 400 Gradi, Caterina’s, Trattoria Emilia, Bar Idda, La Bonta, Small Axe, Pasta Classica, Pasta Adagio, Vaporetto and more!

• Prosciutto di Parma and Parmiggiano Reggiano tasting experiences

• Italian wine masterclasses presented by Gourmet Traveller WINE

• Marketplace featuring Brunetti, Saluministi, Pane Pizzico, That’s Amore Cheese, 7 Apples Gelato, Truffle Traders, Pasta Cassica, Arancini Art, Books for Cooks + more

• Tenor Mark Vincent performing Italian songs from his tribute album to Mario Lanza

• Festival bar serving up Negroni and Spritz cocktails all day

• Wine gardens and Italian entertainment

Prices from $40-$135 and tickets include festival entry, all wine tasting (no tokens), food sampling, coffee, mineral water, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and children enter for free! Tickets are on sale now:

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