Brisbane's annual one day celebration of all things Italian, FESTITALIA is on this Sunday, October 14th at Spencer Park, 42 Newberry Street Newmarket - 11am - 6pm. Under the Patronage of the Italian Consulate in Brisbane, Festitalia is Queensland's only official Italian Festival.
You do not have to be Italian to celebrate this very special day. My personal list of reasons to raise a glass to Italy starts with everyone's favourite meal, the iconic PIZZA (Drops the mic) need I say more? Not really, but I do have additional reasons why this boot-shaped country and its delicious culture has a special place in my heart.
Their coffee game is really up there with the best of them. I can prove this. As I slowly whisper these words in your ear, tell me how they make you feel. Cappuccino, Caffè Macchiato, Espresso. Shivers? Literal shivers, because you know that life and every Monday morning would be almost impossible to face without these caffeinated soul injections in a cup. My list continues; Italian's love alfresco dining, wine, pasta, animated swearing and a recent addition to my personal list is VENICE. Venice, unfortunately, will not be at the festival but this seemed like a great excuse to share a photo I took a few months ago.
Now that you have every reason to attend, let me tell you what you can expect at FESTITALIA 2018! Ready your bibs and prepare to drool as 30 Italian flavour makers prepare all your favourite foods. This Sunday you could be feasting on pasta, pizza, calamari, cannoli, gnocchi, Italian meatballs and sweet, sweet heaven disguised as Nutella doughnuts. It is going to be amazing. I had a taste of the festival at a media gathering at the Treasury last week. In preparation for the inevitable food coma, I now feel it is my civic duty to echo the wise Kath Rose and suggest we all stop eating now.
The event will be hosted by award-winning stage, screen and television performer, the very witty James Liotta. Expect Flagthrowers, Tarantella Dancers, Swordsmen, Singers, Dancers, and Acrobats! There will be cooking demonstration, glass blowing, and performances by vocal powerhouse Cosima de Vito.
Costumed Venetian ladies will be happy to pose for your Instagram feed. Parli italiano? It does not matter, Festitalia 2018 will also see the return of the Talk Italian Tent to help you brush up on your Italian.
The Festival is a great day out for the all the family. It passionately promotes and applauds the contributions made by the strong Italian community in Brisbane.
Did I mention that there will be Cannoli and Gelato Eating Competitions? or the Vino GustoTasting? Select 3 wines to taste from a range of selected Italian vineyards for just $10!
Photo taken at the Festitalia 2018 Media Launch at the Treasury
Gnocchi Gnocchi Bros , Gerbinos , La Cucina Mobile , Flavours of Eataly , Merlo Coffee , Mr Barista Coffee , La Macelleria , Instrada Woodfired Pizza , I Heart Calamari , The Royal Hotel , Pink Fairy , Rainbow Smash , Pizzantica , Gelateria Cremona , Donut Kitchen's Bomboloni/Ciambelle , Eurofoods, Gerbino's, GelatoBarTwo , Tatty's Superfoods , Bellezza Group , Catch and Kiss Seafood and a whole lot more.
Exhibitions will include, A display of Regio Esercito Italiano Military Uniforms, For vintage car lovers there can be no greater joy than sharing in the lovingly restored Fiats, Alfa Romeos, Lancias and other older Italian vehicles on show during the event! Then edge along to the powerful Aprilias, the throaty Ducatis, the zippy Vespas and the peculiarly shaped Ape and Apellinos.
Date: Sunday, October 14, from 11.00am – 6.00pm Location: Spencer Park - 42 Newbery St, Newmarket
You may have noticed my surname is decidedly Italian. My family and I are actually Argentinean. What you may not know and find interesting is that Argentina took in an influx of Italian immigrants predominately between 1857 to 1940. It is estimated that over half of the population of Argentina have some degree of Italian heritage. That is why we share so many passions and similarities. Food, Wine, Soccer and if you listen carefully you can hear a similar sing-song rhythm laced through our accent. We also express ourselves using hand gestures and like Italians, the only way to make us stop talking is to tie our hands behind our back!