On Sunday 25 October 2015 is Leichhardt's pre-eminent 2015 Norton Street Italian Festa. This is an annual celebration of the Italian community, food, music and colour in the heart of Sydney's 'Little Italy'.
If you are a foodie, you must not miss out this festival. The whole Norton street will be buzzing with local restaurants, artisan stalls showcasing specialty dishes for you to try some authentic Italian feast without a cost of a plane ticket! There is something at the festival to please everybody.
I attended the festival last year and without a doubt, the Norton Street Italian Festa offered delicious Italian food tastings, decadent Italian desserts and gelatos, live music entertainment and imported and local wine tastings throughout the day.
When the temperature soared, demands for icy drinks increased. We did not walk far before we started to look for cool refreshments. There were various stalls offered wine tasting but we were attracted to the Sicilian lemon granita, an old-fashion 1950's drink brewed in the traditional way.
It was a very warm Spring day but everyone still queued up for a Bar Sport's Porchetta Panino ($10). Needless to say, we joined the queue so we can get our hands on a Southern Italian suckling pig roll! The pork roll may not looked much but it was utterly flavoursome. The meaty pork filling was juicy and tender and together with fresh coleslaw and homemade mayonnaise, it was a winner combination.
The yummy dessert stars of the festival was definitely the Locantro's Cronuts! I could not stop to rave about these ever since I tried them in 2014. I wanted to get everything but that would be too greedy!
For those of you not yet familiar with what a Cronut is, it is essentially a hybrid of butter croissant and a sugar doughnut injected with gooey chocolate, caramel or jam fillings.
My absolute favourite was the Pistachio Cronut ($3.50). The pastry was crispy and really flaky. It was a direct texture contrast to the dreamy creamy pistachio paste sandwiched in-between the cronut slices. The flavour of the Pistachio was very evident.
The Nutella Bomb was another decadent, blissful dessert. It was really as delicious as it sounded. Nutella was my fond childhood memories and of course this Nutella Bomb brought back some sentimental feelings. These cronuts were very reasonably priced at $3.50 each.
The Chocolate Cannoli has to be, in my friend's opinion, the ultimate Italian pastry. The Cannoli shells was covered in bubbles and that just gave us the most amazing crispy texture. The chocolate filling was absolutely divine! My friend enjoyed this icing sugar pastry very much.
The day turned out to be quite warm and we noticed Bar Italia (the Italian gelateria ice cream shop) was the busiest part of the festival. The tiny shop was teemed with people inspecting the mounds of gelato on display, choosing their favourites, deciding what to get. Outside, the pavement was blocked with locals congregated to eat their ice cream.