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Norton Street Italian Festa 2014

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Spring is just around the corner, soon we can ditch the heavy clothings and embrace the fun outdoor activities. Spring also means spectacular annual festivals and seasonal markets around Sydney suburbs.

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Seriously... this is the BEST cronut.

The most notable one is the annual Norton Street Italian Festa. This is one festival you do not want to miss out. It is one of the biggest, most-celebrated multicultural events in Sydney. Norton Street Italian Festa will celebrate its 28th year on 26 October 2014.

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Big Smile for the Camera!

Everyone knows that if you want good Italian food in Sydney, you head down to Norton Street in Leichhardt (a.k.a Sydney's Italian Village).

In celebration of the Italian Festa and culture, Norton Street will be abuzz with the flamboyant colours of red, white and green and the sounds of Italy on the day.

Look at the crowd!

Come along to this free festival and treat yourself to some of the best culinary delights. Food stalls aplenty will be serving flavorsome and aromatic Italian food.

Last year, the popular cooking show, My Kitchen Rules (MKR) filmed a team challenge (Italian cook-off) right here at the Italian Festa. It was so crowded but super fun. That episode was just aired this year and attracted 2.7 million viewers.

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100% True Italian Food - Freshly Made

Check out all the Italian specialty cuisines. Last year, some of the illustrious dishes which had a lively presence included whole-roasted pork, crackings, fresh pasta, woodfire pizza, Italian BBQ. The sight of smoked hocks drove the crowd wild, the queues for these popular dishes were unbelievably long.

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My Snack Summary

Live street entertainment showcasing Italian musical performances will certainly be the highlight of the day. Last year, jolly musicians played classic Italian tunes, the experience was so real and engaging, I thought I was back in Italy. It is expected this year will be bigger with more musical performances.

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Bella, Bella, Lovely Bella

There will be a produce market boasting delightful award-winning culinary condiments. Last year, the local Hunter Valley Husband & Wife team showcased their TAR 10 condiments. Their products were absolutely gourmet delicious and very different to your average sauces. I could not resist and got their award-winning blood plum vinegar and honey mustard.

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Fabulous Stalls - Tar 10 Gourmet Sauces

This festival is also the perfect event to get your hard-to-find authentic Italian sauces and condiments. They are normally distributed to small or specialized stores. I liked to be surprised.

If you think that is all, think again. Stop by and enjoy a free drink or two, and sample some imported Italian beverages. I save the best for the last. It's all about dessert and coffee at this festival.

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Ohhhh.... Cronuts Galore

Move over, gelato and biscotti, the new favourite dessert is cronut.
We have heard all the hype about this little sweet dessert, but no matter what, you've got to try these Italian-style cronuts. They are award-winning and only available to the privileged few.

True Italian Sweets

The pistachio-flavoured cronut won me over. It was utterly divine. It was light, sweet and velvety. No wonder there was a long queue for these sugar-dusted baked goods.

There will be hot Italian sport cars on display as well. Like this beautiful Alfa Romeo.

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Hello Red Hot Beautiful!

The 'Big Kids' will be excited about the Auto Festa, Sydney's largest collection of Classic, Vintage and Contemporary Italian made motor cars, motorbikes and scooters.

Let your mind wonder, enjoy the wonderful live music and satisfy your appetite with scrumptious Italian cuisine. You will be super happy and content.

...Or catch a plane to get here.

Norton Street is the main street in Leichhardt. The best way to get to the event is by public transport. The Italian Festa will kick off at 10am and will run until 6pm on 26 October 2014. All are invited to this free and family-friendly event.

This event is definitely on my calender this year. So if you are a big fan of some fine authentic Italian cuisine, this is definitely the festival for you.

OK I am going to end my review here with these beautiful memorabilias. See you there!
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Why? Biggest Street Festival in True Italian Style
When: 26 October 2014 starts 10am - 5pm
Phone: (02) 9367 9308
Where: Norton Street, Leichhardt, Sydney
Cost: Free
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