Eat, What's On

Italian Wine + Food Festival 2018

Everything that’s good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together under one roof in with the third annual Italian Wine + Food Festival. Just as the appeal of Italian food runs from street-style pizza-fun for the whole family to refined fresh-pasta for the gourmet foodie, 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 Joe Vargetto  (Mister Bianco + Massi Restaurant), Francesco Rota  (Trattoria Emilia), James Kummrow  (Fatto), Dusty Treweek  (Bottega), Jesse MacFadden  (Massi Restaurant), Johnny di Francesco  (400 Gradi) and Luca Ciano  leading the charge. Festival-goers can feast on pizza, pasta, panini and Italian snacks at pop-up restaurants from Melbourne favourites Bottega , Saluministi , SICILY by Mister Bianco  + Massi, La Svolta Pizzeria e Trattoria, Figo Pizza  and 400 Gradi  plus there’ll be cooking demonstrations with chefs and providores on the Main Stage including a demonstration by self-taught cookbook author and television presenter, Silvia Colloca .

Attendees can shop like an Italian in the festival marketplace. It will be brimming with salumi, cheese, pasta, bread, olive oil, pastries, truffles, gelato and much more. Those craving all things Italian can taste their way through Floridia Cheese, Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano, Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma, Pane e Pizzico, Melbourne Arancini, 48h Gnocchi Bar, Abruzzo Lab, Il Panzerotto, Truffle Traders, Luca Ciano Sauces, Maccora Vinocotto, Kyneton Olive Oil, Zero Gradi Gelato, Classica International, Cannoleria by That’s Amore, Monini Olive Oil, Eat Cannoli and flip through Italian recipe tomes curated by Books for Cooks.

Espresso di Manfredi are serving up coffee made to order, and Mutti are running a Bruschetta Station – both are FREE all day! For the first time in Melbourne Cow and the Moon are serving up their award winning artisan gelato, and the Tipo 00 Pasta Making Showcase is not to be missed.

Festival guests can sample over 200 Italian and Aussie-Italian wines region by delicious region, discover their favourite new Prosecco, Barolo, Amarone or Chianti. Plus they can meet winemakers and importers, learn all about the grape varieties, the regions, and best of all, how good they taste. Some may decide to delve deeper with an Italian Wine Masterclass  curated by the festival’s team, or relax and soak up the atmosphere with a glass from one of the wine bars in the trattoria-style wine gardens. There’s even a kids play area to keep the bambino amused.

For something stronger, there’s Moretti Beer  on tap, authentic Italian cocktails from the Aperitivi bar, serving up spritzes. Kids enter free and there’s pizza acrobatics by 400 Gradi  and live music all day. Proudly presented by Mutti , the festival is all about celebrating wine, food and culture together in inimitable Italian style. La Dolce Vita indeed!

Find out more about the program here.

When: 27 May 2018, 10am ~ 6:30pm
Where: Royal Exhibition Building
More info: visit website.