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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Italian Food + Wine Festival 2017: WIN TICKETS

Have you been to the Italian Wine + Food Festival?

It's in its FIFTH year this year, and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

For starters, it's at the all new Sydney precinct at Barangaroo.

After four successful years the festival has outgrown its space and now stationed at Barangaroo, at The Cutaway. It's on from 11am to 9pm on Sunday 27 August.

Here is a little clip to give you an idea of what it's all about, the vibe, the wine, the food, the people:

Josie's Juice is a big fan of the event, because (full disclosure!) we collab with The Wog With The Grog, and man the brand's PR, and have been for the past few years. This brand's big brother - Euro Concepts - will be showing off its new big Italian reds and delicious bubbles at this Sunday's event. Think: Pinot Grigio DOC, Friulano DOC, Sauvignon DOC, Pinot Nero DOC, Prosecco, Soave DOC, Valpolicella DOC, Amarone DOC, Franciacorta, and the stars of the Nardini brand including Acqua Di Cedro, Ginepro, and 5 year old Grappa Riserva.

Personally: thrilled there is now, for the first time, a Franciacorta bar. Having just visited the actual Franciacorta region in Northern Italy earlier this year, and seeing the way this unique and utterly delicious bubbles are made, the breathtaking neighbourhood where it's all made, and the beautiful and passionate people in this region, it's wonderful to see this area and drink be recognised.

Other highlights of the Italian Wine and Food Festival? Masterclasses all day, tasting 200 wines by the region, chef and producer cooking demonstrations, pop-up restaurants by Salt Meats Cheese, Otto, Lot. 1 Sydney, Big Poppa’s, Balla, and Lucio Pizzeria, and Sydney’s first taste of Marta, the 'new' Popolo.

The wine masterclasses are hosted by Huon Hooke, and presented by Gourmet Traveller WINE. The ever popular Italian marketplace will be brimming with Italian specialties and local produce, and Big Poppa’s Aperitivi Bar will be serving up classic Italian cocktails.

Sydney’s top Italian chefs will be coming at you:

Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater), Lucio Galletto (Lucio’s), Federico Zanellato (LuMi), Stefano Manfredi and Gianluca Donzelli (Pizzaperta), Nino Zoccali (Pendolino), Richard Ptacnik (Otto Ristorante), Gabriele Taddeucci (Balla), Lucio de Falco (Lucio Pizzeria) and Youssef Touati (Salt Meats Cheese).

Plus there’ll be cooking demonstrations with chefs and providores on the Smeg Main Stage.

And so, tickets!

Well, you can get them here (and save money, based on usual at the door entry price):


Or, try your hand at winning them here!

Here is all you have to do:

All you need to do is:

- 'Like' the Josie's Juice Facebook page - click HERE

- Share this post on your Facebook page

- Share the Instagram posted on @josiegags on your Instagram page (if you have an account)
- Comment below or email us at: josiegags@optusnet.com.au and tell us why you'd like to win a double pass

There is ONE all-day double pass up for grabs.
Competition drawn Friday August 25, 2017.
Here's what you need to know about ticket prices:

Buy online and save up to $30 on the door price.


Session A (11am-4pm)  $75

Session B (4pm-9pm)  $75

Evening (6pm-9pm)  $45

All Day (11am-9pm)  $100

VIP (10.30am-9pm)  $140

Vino Grande Masterclass Pass (11am-9pm)  $175

Wine Masterclasses (entry not included)  $50

Pre Purchase ticket prices are only available before 27th August


Session A (11am-4pm)  $85

Session B (4pm-9pm)  $85

Evening (6pm-9pm)  $50

All Day (11am-9pm)  $110

VIP (10.30am-9pm)  $170

Vino Grande Masterclass Pass (11am-9pm)  $175

Wine Masterclasses (entry not included)  $50

Tickets will only be available at the door if not sold out prior – check Italian Food + Wine Festival website and Facebook pages for regular ticketing updates.



General Admission

Festival Entry

All Wine Tasting (No Tokens)

Plumm Wine Glass to use for Tasting

Food Sampling in Marketplace

Espresso di Manfredi Coffee

Italian Mineral Water

Cooking Demonstrations

Entertainment (including pizza throwing!)

Kids enter free

Meals not included (prices range from $5 - $15)

VIP Entry

Pre-Festival Entry from 10.30am

VIP Wine Glass to Keep

All Wine Tasting

Food Sampling in Marketplace

Exclusive VIP Garden with Sommelier Service

Glass of Italian Wine

Negroni Cocktail

Espresso di Manfredi Coffee

Italian Mineral Water

Festival Tote with Goodies

Cooking Demonstrations

Italian Entertainment

Kids enter free

Meals not included (prices range from $5 - $15)


Event: Italian Wine + Food Festival, Sydney
Date: Sunday 27 August, 2017
Location: The Cutaway, Barangaroo - Hickson Road Entrance
Time: 11am - 9pm

Here's more info for you!

The Marketplace is full to the brim with:

salumi, cheese, pasta, bread, coffee, olive oil, pastries and gelato featuring Vannella Cheese, Salumi Australia, Dust Bakery, Berkelo, Dolcettini, Zippoli, Buon Ricordo Olive Oil, Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma, Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano, Goose on the Loose, Luca Ciano Sauces, Salt Meats Cheese, Arancini Art, Molecola, Truffle Traders, Rivareno Gelato, Drink in Style, Cellar V, Vinotopia, Botella, plus a Nutella Pop-up!

Explore over 200 Italian wines by the region, plus Italian-centric Aussie wines. Meet winemakers and importers, learn more about the grape varieties, the regions and best of all, how good they taste. The Barolo Bar and Franciacorta Bar with sommeliers pouring, vertical tastings and information about these unique wines. There’s coffee from Espresso di Manfredi’s baristas, Moretti Beer on tap, or sip on an authentic Italian aperitivi from Big Poppa’s bar team, serving up the ever popular Negroni, Venetian Spritz and Americano all day! 

Far more family friendly this year, kids enter free so you bring the whole famiglia, plus there’s a kids games area and Pizza Acrobatics by Italian World Master Pizza Chef and Australia's Got Talent star Youssef Touati from Salt Meats Cheese. Melbourne band Santa Taranta will be performing traditional music from southern Italy in the Wine Garden. All presented by Smeg.

Use the #italiansdoitbetter hashtag and follow the social media conversation.


Bacco Osteria e Espresso 11am-9pm
Salsiccia e Lenticchie alla Toscana: Sausage + warm lentil salad  $10
Piccoli Panini:  Mini rolls with salsa verde + artichoke or anchovy butter  2 for $6 

Balla 11am-4pm
Ribollita Fiorentina: Twice cooked Tuscan vegetable + bread soup  $7
Osso Buco Maccheroncini: Beef osso buco ragu with pasta  $12
Porchetta alla Toscana:  Slow roasted pork loin, with crackling, jus + bread  $6 or $12

Big Poppa’s 4pm-9pm
Big Poppa’s Caprese: Vannella burrata, heirloom tomatoes, fig vino cotto, toasted farro + smoked salt  $8
Wagyu Bresaola with guindilla peppers  $10
Fregola con Guanciale: Pork cheeks with Sardinian couscous, barley, rainbow chard, preserved lemon + pecorino romano  $12

Lot 1. Sydney  11am-9pm
Crostini di Polenta: Polenta chips with truffle pecorino + aioli   $10
Cavatelli alla Norma:  Eggplant with tomato + goats cheese  $10
Costine di Manzo:  Beef short rib with sticky Averna glaze + pickled kohlrabi  $10

MARTA 11am-9pm
Suppl√¨ alla Romana:  Croquettes with rice, mince + mozzarella  $5
Agnello Porchettato:  Rolled lamb with lamb jus + Roman lettuce on focaccia  $12

Otto Ristorante  11am-9pm
Gnocchi:  Potato gnocchi with pecorino, hazelnut, porcini crumb + truffle oil  $10
Cinghiale Gnocchetti Sardi:  Shell pasta with wild boar + sangiovese ragu, pecorino  $12
Tiramisu:  Marsala mascarpone, coffee soaked savoiardi biscuits + chocolate  $8

Salt Meats Cheese 11am-9pm
Pasta al Cacio e Pepe: Pepper + cheese pasta tossed in Parmigiano Reggiano wheel  $10
Pasta al Tartufo:  Creamy pasta tossed in a wheel of truffle pecorino $12

Lucio Pizzeria 11am-9pm
Pizza Margherita $12
Pizza Cotto with ham $12
Pizza Diavola with spicy salami $12
Bombolone di Nutella $5

In the Festival Marketplace:

Arancini Art
Traditional Italian-filled rice balls

Artisan sourdough bread from the Northern Beaches

Designer olive oil + balsamic vinegar bottles

Buon Ricordo Olive Oil
Extra virgin olive oil + Italian preserves from their Lower Hunter Valley farm

Cellar V
Unique Australia handcrafted wine racks made from recycled timber

Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano
Taste 24 + 36 month old wheels + learn from the experts

Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma
Prosciutto tasting, information + prosciutto cones

Italian donuts + traditional biscuits

Drink in Style
Italian-made portable wine bottle + glass holder

Dust Bakery
Italian baked treats + traditional breads

Espresso di Manfredi
Espresso coffee, made to order - free all day!

Galluzzo Deli + Fruiterers
Family-run fresh produce + Italian delicacies

Goose on the Loose
Locally-made, premium cold cuts + small goods

Premium pasta sauces made in Australia - natural, preservative + gluten free

Italian cola

Nutella Pop-up
Italian crepes + waffles plus personalised jars of Nutella

Rivareno Gelato
Authentic Italian gelato

Travel Managers
Personal travel managers curating trips as unique and individual as you are 

Truffle Traders
Expert fresh truffle suppliers of Australian + white Italian truffles

Salumi Australia
Artisan smallgoods manufactured in the beautiful Northern Rivers of NSW

Salt Meats Cheese
Family-owned purveyor of gourmet Italian produce with a modern Australian twist

Vannella Cheese
Fresh handmade cheese + mozzarella bar

Original designer gifts for wine lovers

Official festival merchandise, including t-shirts, shopping bags, aprons + tea towels


11.30am:  Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater) with Con Nemistas (Southern Fresh)
‘Sardinian Bottarga - Made in Australia’ hosted by Roberta Muir

12.15pm:  Stefano Manfredi + Gianluca Donzelli (PizzaPerta) with Massimo Scalas (Salumi Australia)
‘Roman-style Pizza with Calabrian-style Salumi’ hosted by Roberta Muir

12.45pm:  Pizza Acrobatics by Youssef Touati (Salt Meats Cheese)

1.00pm:  Lucio Galletto (Lucio’s) with Luca Ciano (Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma)
‘Classic Saltimbocca - Prosciutto Masterclass’ hosted by Roberta Muir

1.45pm:  Richard Ptacnik (Otto Ristorante) + Will Brunker (Joto)
‘Spaghetti gets a Luxury Rocklobster Makeover’ hosted by Roberta Muir

2.30pm:  Nino Zoccali (Pendolino) with Westerly Isbaih (Alto Olives)
‘Ancient Ingredients - Garum and Olive Oil’ hosted by Joanna Savill

3.00pm:  Pizza Acrobatics by Youssef Touati (Salt Meats Cheese)

3.15pm:  Cristuan Jordaan (Popolo) with Daniele Pirotta (Campari)
‘Campari: Good Enough to Eat’ hosted by Joanna Savill

4.00pm:  Andrew Cibej + Scott Williams (Bacco Osteria e Espresso) with Phil Lavers (Moonacres Farm)
‘Gnocchi Masterclass’ hosted by Pat Nourse

4.30pm:  Pizza Acrobatics by Youssef Touati (Salt Meats Cheese)

4.45pm:  Federico Zanellato (LuMi) with Vito + Giuseppe Minoi (Vannella Cheese) 
‘Italy Meets Japan’ hosted by Pat Nourse

5.30pm:  Francesco Spataro (Aperitivo) with Mimmo Lubrano (Mutti)
‘Pizza Fritta Two Ways’ hosted by Pat Nourse

6.00pm:  Pizza Acrobatics by Youssef Touati (Salt Meats Cheese)

6.15pm:  Negroni Spectacular with Daniele Pirotta (Campari)

8.30pm:  Marketplace Closes


11.30am:  ‘Buongiorno!.. Guten Morgen!’ Alto Adige Wine Masterclass 
Hosted by Huon Hooke

1.30am:  ‘It’s Written in the Stars’ Gambero Rosso Wine Masterclass 
Hosted by Huon Hooke

3.30pm:  ‘Always The Bridesmaid, Never The Bride’ Barbaresco Wine Masterclass 
Hosted by Huon Hooke

5.30pm:  ‘Fiasco To Triumph’ Sangiovese Wine Masterclass 
Hosted by Huon Hooke


10.30am-11.30pm:  Gino Pengue on Guitar
‘Italian Jazz + Folk Music’

12.00pm-12.45pm:  Santa Taranta
‘Music from the South of Italy’

1.30pm-1.45pm:  Nadia Piave with Gino Pengue
‘Italian Opera’

2.00pm-3.00pm:  Gino Pengue on Guitar
‘Italian Jazz + Folk Music’

4.45pm-5.45pm:  Gino Pengue on Guitar
‘Italian Jazz + Folk Music’

6.30pm:  Santa Taranta
‘Music from the South of Italy’

The Italian Wine + Food Festival is produced by Progetto Panevino, an events company obsessed with all things wine and food, and especially all things Italian. Created in 2013 by sommelier and passionate italophile Lara Caraturo, the Festival celebrates and promotes Italian wine and food culture in Australia.  

Venue:  the Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve - Hickson Road Entrance, Sydney 

facebook + instagram: @ItalianWineFoodFestival | twitter: @ItaWineFoodFest

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