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Friday, 17 August 2018

Italian Wine + Food Festival 2018: WIN TICKETS + What's On

The Italian Wine + Food Festival is happening on Sunday August 26!

For the first time it will be at Australian Technology Park, at Eveleigh - which is basically near Redfern station.

Here are some highlights from last year.

We are MOST excited about seeing Aldo Ortado from MasterChef 2018, who will be onstage with Roberto Dessanti, aka The Wog With The Grog, on at 11.15am - 11.45am, where Aldo will be creating a classic Roman carbonara pasta.

Also see the duo at the stand 'Little Piggy Went To Market' by Busfood, where Salumi Australia products and artisan Italian products will be plentiful for you to buy and some sampling too!

Here is more on the event, taken from the show's site:

Where is the venue?
Australian Technology Park is located approximately 5km south of the Sydney CBD, 8km north of Sydney airport and within 200m of Redfern Railway Station. The site is serviced by both Sydney Trains via Redfern Station and Sydney Buses between CBD and Marrickville Metro, as well as a dedicated cycleway. For more details visit:  http://www.doltonehouse.com.au/venue/australian-technology-park/

What are my parking options at the event?
Divvy parking is offered at Australian Technology Park, allowing you to book a parking space online, prior to arriving. Please note there is limited casual parking onsite – booking ahead is required. The entrance to the car park is from Henderson Road, Eveleigh. For information, visit the Divvy website:  https://www.divvyparking.com 

What are my transport options getting to the event? 
TRAIN: Sydney Trains operate frequent train services between Redfern Station (adjacent to the Australian Technology Park) and other major Sydney stations including Central, Town Hall, Wynyard and Circular Quay.

BUS: There are frequent bus services to the Australian Technology Park from the city and Sydney’s domestic and international airpo . The bus stop closest to the Australian Technology Park is on the corner of Boundary and Regent Street.


We will only have tickets at the door if there are some left (some sessions are usually sold out by event day). We recommend that you purchase your tickets prior to make sure you don’t miss out. Please check our website and Facebook page for regular updates.

General Admission Tickets include festival entry for time specified on ticket, espresso coffee, mineral water, cooking demonstrations, entertainment plus free access to our festival app (Does not include entry to wine zone or meals)

Wine Zone Tickets include entry to wine zone for hours specified on ticket, all wine tasting in wine zone (15ml tastes), wine tasting glass to keep (Festival entry is not included and must be purchased separately – ticket is not valid without a festival entry ticket)

VIP Tickets include exclusive pre-festival entry from 9.30am, VIP wine glass to keep, Prosecco on arrival, entry to wine zone and all wine tasting, entry to VIP Lounge with Sommelier service and glass of Italian wine, espresso coffee, mineral water, festival tote with goodies, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and free access to our festival app (Does not include meals)

Vino Grande Masterclass Pass includes all day festival entry, wine zone entry with all wine tasting and entry into all 3 wine masterclasses. (Valid for one person only, and cannot be divided. This package must be booked under one name and used by one person only)


IWFF outlets will be taking credit card and cash payments. Some exhibitors will only be taking cash, so we recommend bringing some cash with you. An ATM will also be located in the venue.

If you have a wine zone entry ticket, all wine tasting is included (tasting portions 15ml), plus you can purchase a glass or bottle to enjoy at the event or take home (only un-opened bottles are allowed out of the venue). There will also be wine bars in the main festival, where all guests can purchase a variety of Italian wines by the glass (prices from $8)


Children (under 18 years old) are permitted and have free entry when accompanied by a paying adult.


Attendees must be over 18 to taste or consume alcohol and may be required to show ID as proof of age (drivers license or passport).

More info here, plus a map to help you get there, below:

Sunday 26th August 2018, 10.00am-6.30pm
Australian Technology Park – Bays 10-14, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh NSW  2015
(Next door to Carriageworks, only 200m from Redfern Station)
In true Italian style, your festival tickets have these generous inclusions:

Festival Entry:    $25 pre purchase  |  $30 on the dayFestival Entry  |  Espresso Coffee  |  Mineral Water  |  Cooking Demonstrations  |  Entertainment
Session A:  10.00am-2.00pm  |  Session B:  2.30pm-6.30pm
Meals + Wine Zone Entry Not Included

All-Day Festival + Wine Zone Entry:   $85 pre purchase  |  $90 on the dayAll-Day Festival Entry 10.00am-6.30pm |  All-Day Wine Zone Entry (no tokens)  |  Wine Tasting Glass (value $25)
Espresso Coffee  |  Mineral Water  |  Cooking Demonstrations  |  Entertainment
Meals Not Included

VIP Pass:    $125 pre purchase  |  $135 on the dayPre-Festival Entry from 9.30am  |  All-Day Wine Zone Entry  |  VIP Wine Glass  |  Prosecco on Arrival  |  VIP Lounge with Glass of Wine
Assaggini by Buon Ricordo Restaurant  |  Festival Tote  |  Espresso Coffee  |  Mineral Water  |  Cooking Demonstrations  |  Entertainment
Meals Not Included

Vino Grande Pass:  $135 per person
All-Day Festival Entry  |  All-Day Wine Zone Entry  |  Wine Tasting Glass (value $25)  |  Entry to 3 Wine Masterclasses
Espresso Coffee  |  Mineral Water  |  Cooking Demonstrations  |  Entertainment
Cannot Divide Bundle  |  Meals Not Included

ADD-ON  Wine Zone Entry:   $35 pre purchase  |  $40 on the dayAll Wine Tasting for Specified Hours (no tokens)  |  Wine Tasting Glass (value $25)
Session A:  10.00am-2.00pm  |  Session B:  2.30pm-6.30pm
Not Valid Without Festival Entry Ticket

ADD-ON  Wine Masterclasses:  $50 per personEntry to Specified Masterclass  |  Ten Premium Italian Wines  |  One Hour
11.00am Italy’s Great Whites  |  1.00pm Grappa Masterclass  |  3.00pm Piedmont Royal Reds
Not Valid Without Festival Entry Ticket

Kids Enter Free with a Paying Adult  |  Under 18’s Only

Last Festival Entry @ 4.30pm
Food from Pop-up Restaurants cost $5-$15
Glass of Wine from Festival Wine Bars cost $8-$15

Standard Ticket Booking + Credit Card Processing Fees Apply to all Ticket Purchases

SO! How can you go in running to win a double pass?

- follow Josie's Juice on Instagram @josiesjuice and Facebook

- follow Italian Wine + Food Festival on Instagram @italianwinefoodfest and Facebook

- Share this post or any of the Insta posts and tag us!

- Give me your email address so I can let you know when you win. Email me: josiegags@optusnet.com.au 

Here are some of the posts Josie's Juice posted on Insta:

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Sarah Roza 'MAFS': Having A Baby!

Sarah Roza, the 'Married At First Sight' 2018 contestant who didn't find lasting love on the show with Telv, is having a baby!

She posted the happy news on Instagram:

Monday, 13 August 2018


Alex & Co is one of the newest dining precincts in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta, and wherever you're based in Sydney, you simply must dine here!

The ambience is fantastic (insider tip: for lunch, ask for a table near the windows to enjoy your meal with the warm sun streaming on you!) and the food is exceptional.

Some snaps from our meal below - click on them to see ALL we ate. Heads up! The kid's Mac & Cheese is SO good! And the macaroni filled burger is the stuff of dreams for blokes who like BIG burgers with a side of carbs. It's called the Beef, Mac 'n' Cheese Burger which is a beef patty, bacon, cheesy macaroni, fried shallots, and tomato chutney.

I shared the full rack of BBQ pork ribs with my dining partner and OH MY GOSH it was so good. So big, and tender, on a bed of hot chips they call 'Parra Fries', with a delicious side salad of witlof, pear, and blue cheese. Such good value at $59!

Then scroll down to read the fun messaging from the venue on why they created it:


Here is the Alex & Co mission statement:


This  is a love letter to you for bringing us together... Only in a city as is this could we bring to life our cultured, creative & exciting vision.

Just like you, we work hard - & deserve to play hard! So, we hope you’ll agree that with YOU in mind, the space we've created paired with what we know best –  great music, mouth-watering foods, irresistible drinks & incomparable hospitality - Alex & Co. will make you feel like you've finally found the playground you've been searching for!

People keep asking who we are and where our name & theming came from. Well, here it is – during a recent inspiration trip through downtown New York, we noticed "& Co." on many of the vintage buildings & factories where you just FEEL amazing teams & families worked together, for decades, creating legacies.. We embrace that feeling & beauty of what it stands for and added it to my name .. When we look at our brand, it represents not only our work team, but you- who we dream will become part of the Alex & Co. legacy.

Our space is open-planned, spreading from the inside out, where we cater to all aspects of our day - the cafe/coffee lunch/dining areas, fully stocked bar & of course our booths, dance floor and outdoor areas where you can catch the river breeze. All areas can be sectioned off and are easily interchangeable for special functions & corporate bookings.

We’re organic in our approach and our delivery. Our team’s background is complex and while we hail from some of the finest dining establishments in Australia, we wanted to bring all our strengths to YOU, where we believe we can all enjoy together!

Our menu is sourced from Australian Local Farms, Pacific Ocean fishing boats, country fields and the wondrous meanderings of spirited travellers with passionate palates. From our full-bodied espressos to our seafood delicacies, roasted meats & unique cocktails.. this ever-evolving menu is put together FOR YOU!

We look forward to welcoming you into our home, starting & ending the day with you, sharing your intimate dinners, your special functions and events & connecting with you soon!

ALEX&Co. .. Built for you, by you..

We heart Alex & Co!

To read more, go here: http://www.alexandco.com.au

See the full menu here: http://www.alexandco.com.au/menu/

Follow them ion Insta here: https://www.instagram.com/alexandco_parramatta/

Tag your posts with #OnlyAtAlexAndCo

Address: Lot 2 - 4/ 330 Church Street, Parramatta

E: hey@alexandco.com.au

Call: 02 9194 4499

They are open 7 days, 11.30 - midnight 

Kitchen open: 11.30am - 10.30pm

Woodfire pizza menu available: 11.30am - 11.30pm

Bar open: 11.30am - midnight

*Josie's Juice was hosted by Alex & Co

And to finish, some ambience shots from this gorgeous venue!