‘Grande’ Ital­ian in­ter­est spurs fes­ti­val

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food -

WINE, pasta and all things Ital­ian will be cel­e­brated as part of the Ital­ian Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (ICCI) Perth’s Ital­ian Wine and Food Fes­ti­val (IWFF) on Sun­day.

The inau­gu­ral one-day event is aim­ing to cre­ate a new gen­er­a­tion of Ital­ian wine and food lovers through ed­u­ca­tion, ex­pe­ri­ence and con­nec­tion.

Sec­re­tary gen­eral Marco Mari said there would be a range of ac­tiv­i­ties for food­ies in­clud­ing wine tast­ing, wine mak­ing and cook­ing demon­stra­tions from chefs such as Josh Cata­lano, Joel Val­va­sori and Mau­r­izio Di Ciano.

“IWFF is a plat­form for all Perth food­ies and wine lovers,” Mr Mari said.

“It’s a plat­form for the in­dus­try where a som­me­lier or wine buyer can meet the unique Ital­ian wine mak­ers and dis­trib­u­tors.

“And a plat­form where ev­ery­one can taste and learn about Ital­ian wines, amari and di­ges­tives.

“Guests can also join us at the Aperol gar­den for a re­fresh­ing spritz, grab an au­then­tic gelato from Chi­cho Gelato or keep up with the sev­eral taste­ful dishes pre­pared by our chefs at the live cook­ing sta­tions; it is an ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed.”

Mr Macri said the idea to hold the event came from the grow­ing in­ter­est of Aus­tralians for Ital­ian qual­ity wines and the in­creas­ing num­ber of Ital­ian wine and food fes­ti­vals tak­ing place in­ter­state.

“There is no rea­son for the west to get left be­hind,” he said.

“The most strik­ing thing about Ital­ian food is its sim­plic­ity.

“Peo­ple think that the Ital­ian cui­sine is within the best in the world.

“We love to think that too, but we also recog­nise how ev­ery cui­sine is spe­cial and unique in its own way.”

The fes­ti­val runs from 11am to 9pm at the Perth Town Hall, with tick­ets avail­able at www.ital­ian­wine­food.com.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d443122

Mau­r­izio Di Ciano with brodetto di pesce he will be cook­ing at the Ital­ian Wine and Food Fes­ti­val.

With Belinda Cipri­ano

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