Italian Food and Wine Festival

Want to celebrate Italian food and wine in all its glory?

Foodies and lovers of Italian cuisine are once again welcome to the annual GUSTO festival this Sunday August 21 at the Sydney Seafood School, Sydney Fish Market. The all-day event hosts several themed sessions led by some of Sydney’s best Italian chefs, restaurateurs and provedores.

Join one of five master Classes highlighting regional specialities - spanning from the mountainous north-west, down to the southern tip and across to the foreign influences of Spain and Greece. Guests will be guided through the provinces of Italy by acclaimed chefs such as Giovanni Pilu from Pilu at Freshwater, Alessandro Pavoni from Ormeggio at the Spit and Armando Percuoco from Buon Ricordo.

Children are also welcome into the kitchen at ‘Bambini in Cucina’ where they’ll learn the basics of Italian cuisine – pizza and pasta making!
For those that want to experience a little taste of everything there’s ‘La Sala degli Assaggi – The Tasting Room’ showcasing the best antipasti, risotto, pasta and dolci prepared by renowned Sydney-based restaurants and provedores such as Pilu, Buon Ricardo, Barilla and many others.

With every good meal, there is a wine to accompany it. Lovers of wine will appreciate the ‘Wine Workshops’ that showcase the best of regional Italian wines from Sicily, Puglia and Tuscany. Guests will have the opportunity to taste, learn from and question industry experts from producers to sommeliers.

As well as their love of food, Italians often engage in heated discussions displayed through loud vocal outbursts and meaningful hand gestures. As a first, GUSTO has introduced ‘The Forum’ an arena fostering debate over the evolution of Italian cuisine from traditional to contemporary influences with hot topics including ‘Traditions Worth Preserving’ and ‘That Italian Cooking in Australia Needs a Good Kick in the Pans. Audiences will have the opportunity to get involved as adjudicators.

This festival is a celebration of Italian food and wine in all its regional glory and is ideal for the many Australians that wish they were a part of a big Italiano famiglia!

Top Tips when preparing Italian Food

• Use fresh and preferably seasonal ingredients wherever possible. Italian cuisine praises fresh produce from fruits and vegetables to meat, poultry and seafood.
• Balance is key. This is especially applicable when making dressings and vinaigrettes, try experimenting with different oils and vinegars as they generally vary in flavour across brands and types. Ensure you continually taste as you go!

Try making these Italian Favourites at home:

Italian Bruschetta

Classic Lasagne

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By Robyn Fok

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