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Sunday 16 August 2015

Sydney Italian Wine + Food Festival: Ticket Giveaway

They say "Italians Do It Better." Who are they, exactly?

Does it matter? We know it's true.

As an Italo-Australian, of Southern Italian heritage (both my parents were born in Sicily, and ventured here together in 1966), being and feeling Italian is in my veins. But many, many Italophiles don't need to have Italian bloodlines in order to feel connected to the very distinct, romantic, passionate, food-loving, wine-adoring, good living culture. And it's a mixture of these people you'll find at the Sydney Italian Wine + Food Festival.

The event takes place on Sunday August 30, at Town Hall, in the Sydney CBD.

It will be in the Lower Sydney Town Hall, from 11am - 9pm.

Says the blurb on the website:
The countdown is on for Sydney’s favourite wine and food festival, this year bigger and even more Italian. Everything that’s good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together with the return of the Sydney 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.
Australia’s top Italian cooks are turning out in force to make it a day to remember, with MasterChef favourites Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater) and Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio) leading the charge. Proudly presented by Smeg, the festival is all about celebrating wine, food and culture together in inimitable Italian style. Alongside 250 of Italy’s finest wines (and a great selection of Australian wines made from Italian grapes), there’ll be the chance to shop for salumi, cheese, pasta, bread, gelato, coffee, olive oil, honey, cookbooks and more at our Gourmet Traveller Food Market. Watch our live food demonstrations, including mozzarella by La Stella Latticini, pasta by Pasta Emilia and butter churning by Pepe Saya. The teams from Sydney’s top Italian restaurants (Pilu at Freshwater, OrmeggioBallaA TavolaAperitivoAjoOsteria Russo + Russo and Capriccio among them) will be cooking up a storm, and there’ll be cooking demonstrations hosted by Joanna Savill and food talks hosted by Roberta Muir with the chefs from the Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia (aka CIRA). Round out the day relaxing in the wine garden listening to the best in Italian jazz played live, or take in an olive oil master class with Nino Zoccali from Pendolino.

Chefs from last year's event
You’ll meet winemakers and importers, learn more about Italy’s grape varieties, where they come from, who makes them and (best of all) how good they taste. For Italian wine lovers and trade professionals alike, it’s a chance to delve into the unknown and revisit old favourites. Our Wine Masterclassespresented by Gourmet Traveller WINE are hosted by renowned wine writers Huon Hooke and Max Allen, while sommelier Rocco Esposito hosts Plumm Wine Glass Workshops. Take a tour of the festival with the celebrity chefs from CIRA or one of Sydney’s top Sommeliers depending on your preference. For something a bit stronger, there’s an Espresso Martini Bar from Espresso di Manfredi, a Beer Bar from Menabrea Birra, plus our Negroni Bar is back by popular demand, with Vasco’s Max Greco making cocktails all day! Best of all, this year’s festival runs both night and day, with sessions running till 9pm for lovers of Italian wine and food who like to get busy after the sun goes down. As night falls, some of the city’s younger Italian cooking talents will strut their stuff, and this year we welcome DJ Wildflower to the festival who will be spinning tracks to usher in a very special evening session of wine & food.
Our ‘Tour d’Italia’ Festival Dinner on Monday 31 August will tour Italy’s regions, showcasing the best of Italian food and wine in Australia. Held at Ballaat The Star, the dinner will feature CIRA’s Italian chefs cooking a five-course feast, with Balla’s own Stefano Manfredi hosting and Sydney’s top sommeliers selecting their favourite wines.
Josie's Juice fave 'The Wog With The Grog' (the man behind the brand is Robert Dessanti) will be serving up wines on the day, from the Veneto region, including the Nardini and V8 brands, and relative newbie (but already making huge waves) cake decorator Antonio Marcora from Cakes By Antonio will be there with several delicious incarnations of the ever-popular macaron. Come see them at their stand on the day. You can follow The Wog With The Grog on Instagram here and Cakes By Antonio on Instagram here.
And Josie's Juice is pleased to be giving away two passes into the show. So, a double pass on offer for one lucky winner, with the name of the winner + guest at the door of the event.

Here is all you need to do to be in the running to win a double pass:

- Follow me on Instagram and Twitter if you are on the social media platforms. Also, share Sydney Italian Wine + Food Festival prize photo on @josiegags on Instagram by taking a screenshot of it, then using these hashtags: #regram #josiesjuice #competitions #giveaways #prizes #ItaliansDoItBetter and these handles @ItalianWineFoodFestival and @josiegags

- Share this link on your Facebook wall

- Comment below on why you'd like to win this prize AND email me at josiegags@optusnet.com.au so I can contact you in case you are a winner. If you don't enter a valid email address I spend lots of time trying to track you down, or simply give the prize to the next person - not fun for anyone!

(If you find it hard to comment below because your device won't let you - sometimes that happens on an iPhone, for example - simply send me your entry and mailing address via email at josiegags@optusnet.com.au).

*Competition is open to Australian residents only. ONE DOUBLE PASS n offer to win. Competition drawn within week, as guest name + 1 will be placed at door of event.

Here are some beautiful photos from the past event:

Euro Concepts (parent company of 'The Wog With The Grog') in action at last year's show:

 For more, click right here.

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