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by Julia Hebaiter (aka Julia Svoice) (subscribe)
Owns 'FoodLit'. Highly qualified, established food & lifestyle writer, former restaurateur, founder professional writing business, Articul8. Long, diverse writing history, passion for food culture, the land & inspired food
Adesso Mangiamo (And Now We Eat)
Let's face it, despite the exciting range of multicultural foods we're lucky enough to have access to these days, Italian remains a favourite, whether simple like a (well-made) street-style pizza or more elegant and refined like hand-made pastas with rich, renowned sauces perhaps finished with a flourish of Parmesan or touch of truffle.

And it's fair enough. Bold flavours, quality ingredients, and food made with bundles of love unite to create some of the most loved dishes in the world - which is why so many, both Italians and non, are welcoming the very first Melbourne Italian Wine & Food Festival with arms open wider than a Nonna's at her place on Christmas Day lunch.

On behalf of fine food lovers in Melbourne and beyond (we will travel!), we say benvenuti, or welcome. Held on Sunday May 29th at the Royal Exhibition Building on the elegant edge of town in Carlton,the festival brings together everything that's good about eating and drinking in Italy under the one roof and, given the historic nature of the world heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building with its spectacular dome ceiling, what a roof it is - an inspiring location for what promises to be an inspiring affair with food.

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Here's a taste of what's on offer: more than 200 wines to try (but don't); food from some of Melbourne's top Italian restaurants; excellent espresso; and cooking demonstrations where you can learn to make anything from ravioli, cannoli (yum), and mozzarella to salumi and arancini balls.

Mouth watering? Get into the good food groove and try some of these easy mussels at home in the meantime.

Of course, there'll be a food market featuring plenty of Italian specialties, and a range of workshops on anything from olive oil to Italian wine.

The beautiful Carlton Gardens will add the al fresco touch with live music and a DJ, making it easy to drift away perhaps to the fishing villages of the Almafi Coast - for an afternoon at least. The gardens have a beautiful fountain to help you imagine the sounds of the sea. Yes, it's a stretch, but wherever you go, wherever you are, it's important to remember that La Vite è Bella.
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Why? Because Italians Do It Better
When: Sunday May 29, 2016
Phone: 0410 609 709
Where: Royal Exhibition Building
Cost: Various Passes Ranging from $40 to $145
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