Lower Town Hall was the home to this year’s Sydney Italian Food and Wine Festival and the result was a culinary experience in good cheese, great pasta and amazing wines. Thanks to Plumm Glassware we were able to visit and try some of the delights that Italy has to offer. Upon entry to the festival, each guest was able to rent a premium Plumm Glassware wine glass made from genuine European crystal. Ours was a beautiful Vintage Red glass that was perfect for sampling lighter bodied red wines. With a large bowl to allow aeration the glass’ shape allows for more delicate floral and fruity aromas to be captured.
With 250 of Italy’s finest wines on show it was extremely difficult to know where to start. To add to the huge list of Italian-made wines there was also a selection of Australian wines made from Italian grapes. For those looking for a stronger drink, the festival was also the host of the Espresso Martini Bar from Espresso di Manfredi, Menabrea Birra Beer Bar and the hugely popular Negroni Bar. If the wine tasting wasn’t enough, wine masterclasses were presented by Gourmet Traveller and hosted by renowned wine writers Huon Hooke and Max Allen, while sommelier Rocco Esposito hosted Plumm Wine Glass Workshops. As we perused the various wine and food stalls a live band filled Lower Town Hall with authentic Italian music, adding to the experience.
Over at the Gourmet Traveller Food Market Australia’s top Italian cooks such as Masterchef favourites Giovanni Pilu and Alessandro Pavoni showed us how Italians do it better. Live food demonstrations from pasta to mozzarella to butter churning were hosted by top Italian brands. Salty salumi, creamy cheese, fresh pasta and bread, sweet gelato and cakes, warm coffee and premium olive oils were on offer to taste and purchase. One of the highlights of the market were the Nutella cannelloni with a golden crunchy exterior that broke through to a deliciously creamy and sweet Nutella cream. It was no wonder that they were all sold out in a few hours. Another champion was the fried mozzarella sticks filled with a gooey and salty cheese.
The festival claimed that “Italians do it better” and our full bellies were certainly proof of that. If there’s one thing Italians can do, it’s make great food and wine, and the Sydney Italian Food and Wine Festival was the perfect event to experience their talents.
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Sydney Italian Food and Wine Festival
Sunday, 30 August 2015
Lower Town Hall, Sydney