Norton Street Italian Festa Celebrates 30 years



Quite probably the largest street festival in Australia, Festa is a wonderful celebration of what makes Leichhardt special and why up to 100,000 people attend each year.


And Festa’s free!

– Fantastic community spirit
– Located in the heart of Sydney’s ‘Little Italy’ and featuring Cooking Demonstrations
– Fun, family day out that has something special for everyone
– A wonderful meeting of culturally rich locals and visitors from all over Sydney of all ages, professions and backgrounds


– Supported by Leichhardt Council

Carnival rides, jumping castles, animal farms, face painting and puppet shows for the kids, organic markets, entertainment, concerts, dancing and free cooking demonstrations by the best Italian professional chefs PLUS the best local Italian Nonnas!All mixed in with hundreds of stall holders showcasing and selling the latest, the unusual and the best in products, and food, coffee and gelato to die for.



Leichhardt launches Food and Wine Festival – Long Lunch Series on 22 August 2015

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Good food and wine and a special location in the Leichhardt Town Hall and adjoining outdoor area.  What more could a great food and wine festival need. But there is more –  long communal tables, stalls with great food and wine choices – and artisan merchandise. All this topped off by entertainers and cooking demonstrations by ‘chefs with taste’!

If you are an artisan or your business is in Leichhardt, Annandale, Balmain, Rozelle, Lilyfield or Birchgrove you will have ‘stall first preference’.

Grab this opportunity to join in this Leichhardt Local Government community celebration.

In 2015, the inaugural event on 22 August will be the lead-up to a ‘long-long’ lunch at the Norton Street Italian Festa on 25 October.  Now in its 29th year, Festa is Australia’s largest street festival regularly attended by over 130,000 visitors.


From 2016 there will be three annual Leichhardt Long Lunch Food and Wine Festivals. Each year the Series will close as a highlight of the popular Norton Street Italian Festa.

The new Series is an initiative of the Leichhardt and Annandale Business Chamber, sponsored by Leichhardt Council and organised by Impact Exhibitions and Events of the Norton Street Italian Festa.

For more information check out the Facebook page:

Salt Meats Cheese Muscles Into Mosman

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Sydney’s renowned food emporium, Salt Meats Cheese, is set to open a second store in Mosman next month. Salt Meats Cheese co-director Stefano de Blasi this week said he was very excited about the store’s expansion into the North Shore.

The young Italian says the 150 sq. m store will be modeled on the original Sydney store, which opened its doors in an Alexandria warehouse in 2011, but with a distinct personality that relates to its position on the northern shores of Sydney Harbour.


“About 30 per cent of our customers at Salt Meats Cheese are from Alexandria so it made sense that we opened another store on the North Shore. This new hub is all about enhancing the lifestyle of locals. We do a lot of deliveries in that area so we thought it was time to now have a physical presence, too,” says de Blasi.

“The store in Mosman is a different market. In Alexandria we are a destination, where everyone needs to drive and come to us for a good reason, whereas in Mosman, although there is a public car park next door, we are located in the middle of a pedestrianised area so locals can walk to us for all their everyday products and ready-made meals,” he says.

De Blasi says he and cousin Edoardo Perlo will manage the store, which he believes will be a hugely popular addition to the beach side suburb.

While the ‘Salt Meats Cheese’ providore theme will be a huge component of the Mosman store, it will also be open for coffee and pastries in the morning, pizza focaccia and paninos for lunch and wine and cheese in the evening. It will even have it’s own fromagerie.

“Salt Meats Cheese is all about providing quality ingredients and ready-made meals that help people find some balance in their busy lives. Convenience should not come at the expense of good taste. We will be serving light contemporary salads and available for catering events, too and can deliver food to your doorstep,” he says.


A differentiator with the Mosman store is that it will cater to local yachties who like to enjoy the weekend sun on the water, with seafood platters made to order. Mosman’s SMC will also have imported wines, beer on tap, and an offsite coffee roaster where they will be making a signature SMC blend. SMC will also say ‘ciao’ to Surfer’s Paradise where it is poised to open a new store in June 2015.

For more information check out the Facebook page

A Toast on World Malbec Day



It’s no secret that Australians love wine, and on Malbec World Day the nation will raise a glass to Malbec – Argentina’s iconic varietal that is gaining rapid prominence Down Under.

Falling annually on April 17, Malbec World Day is a global initiative by Wines of Argentina and pays homage to one of the modern crown jewels on the international wine stage.

While Malbec has experienced remarkable growth in many countries around the world, it’s in Oceania that Malbec is garnering the most attention – Australia currently has the highest growth rate in volume for Malbec in the Asia-Pacific region.

To both celebrate its rising fame in Australia and promote Argentina’s exceptionally unique wines, the Embassy of Argentina has collaborated with Wines of Argentina to support Malbec World Day events in both Melbourne and Sydney.

Launched in 2011, World Malbec Day falls on the date when – more than 150 years ago – the first plantings of the Malbec vine were authorised in Mendoza, Argentina’s principal vineyard region.

A purple grape native to the Cahors region in France, Malbec was introduced to Argentina as part of an effort to enhance the nation’s wine industry. It was here, against the backdrop of the magnificent Andes, that Malbec took root in 1853.

Over the coming decades while plague and frost wiped out Malbec vines in France, the Malbec flourished in its new homeland of Argentina. After acclimatising to its new conditions, Malbec delivered unprecedented levels of quality and produced exceptionally unique wines – leading to its status as the nation’s main strain at the beginning of the twentieth century.

In 2000, Malbec wine began exporting internationally after a century and a half of experimentation, production, and refinement within Argentina’s domestic market and in 2009 Argentina had over 28,500 hectares of Malbec vineyards.

In 2014, Australia’s Malbec import increased by almost 30% comparative to 2013 – close to double that of any European nation – making it the highest ranking country in the Asia-Pacific region for Malbec imports.

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Top 5 Things to Do at the Barossa Vintage Festival

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The Barossa Vintage Festival is a celebration of the rich heritage and gastronomic pleasures of this renowned region in South Australia. Running from 15-19 April, The Barossa Vintage Festival is Australia’s largest and longest-running tourism festival showcasing 95 events over 5 days. From grand feasts to market bazaars, long table lunches and even gastronomic golf! There’s a little something for everyone.   Here are our Top 5 things to do on your Barossa adventure   The Feast Set in an authentic vintage show hall of long feasting tables, old-world charm and intimate conversation. Wine makers will drink with you, roving players will beguile you, and a 7-piece swing band with dancers will keep you serenaded as you eat your way through a grand feast buffet. The Feast will give you a real taste of celebration – Barossa style.   Sunday Spanish Breakfast A Spanish breakfast fiesta awaits you on the lawns of Yelland & Papps’ cellar door. Tuck into a bountiful spread by Elli Beer whilst enjoying a glass or two of vino. Then take a swing at the piñata and be captivated by a roving Spanish band and bubble blower. This is the perfect start to your vintage Sunday morning.   The Scarecrow Trail Pack a lunch, grab your bicycle and follow the famous Scarecrow trail through the spectacular scenery of the Barossa. The Scarecrows, each with their own unique identity, will guide you from winery to winery on one of the most memorable cycling routes you’re ever likely to take.   Wine Bluffs – A Comedy Wine Tasting! Comedians Damian Callinan & Paul Calleja will walk you through an enthralling cellar door experience with a comedic twist. With a combined 30 years in the comedy industry and even longer in the cellar, they know their wines and have the punch lines to match!   Full Moon Farm Gate A traditional market hosted in a picture perfect setting at Langmeil Winery. Wander through the beautiful stone buildings and stables filled with vendors offering local and homemade produce. With live music from local musos, it’s a true celebration of all the reasons to love being in the Barossa!   For further information visit

Buon Appetito! Salt Meats Cheese Goes National With

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Fine foodies rejoice, now you can get premium Italian foods delivered straight to your doorstep!

Salt Meats Cheese, the famous fine Italian food and providores shop in Alexandria, Sydney, has partnered exclusively with online gourmet food destination, which means foodies all over Australia can shop the pretty pastas, premium oils, flavoured salts, exquisite providores and gourmet sauces the shop is famous for.

“We are excited to be able to offer a taste of Italy to customers all over Australia,” said Maria Gruttulini, General Manager at

“We already offer restaurant quality meat, market fresh seafood and farm fresh produce, so our refined customers are delighted to have access to the best Italian pantry available in Australia at prices that are lower than in the shop. Molto buono, indeed!”

The Salt Meats Cheese shop in Alexandria has become a mecca for foodies and chefs, but online shopping and delivery has previously only been available to Sydney metro customers.

“We are thrilled to be able to spread the joy of traditional Italian cooking all over the country thanks to our partnership with,” said Stefano De Blasi, Director at Salt Meats Cheese.

“If you only try one of our products, I would recommend our pasta sauces. They are made in Australia by chefs following traditional Italian recipes and procedures, and are one of our best sellers.”

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Silvia Colloca joins SBS in new series Made In Italy

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Premieres Thursday 27 November at 8pm on SBS ONE

Silvia Colloca presents Made In Italy 7.2.1

“Silvia is an amazing cook and Made In Italy with Silvia Colloca is full of delicious recipes and great stories about where she came from. I truly believe she’s going to be Australia’s next big thing.” – Matt Moran

Silvia Colloca, actress, opera singer and author of hit cookbook Silvia’s Cucina, will serve up an Italy rarely seen by tourists during a culinary celebrazione in Made In Italy with Silvia Colloca. In this sumptuous and picturesque new series Silvia takes a journey back to her homeland to introduce her family and present her love of healthy, hearty Italian fare.

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Silvia, who shot to culinary fame with her blog Silvia’s Cucina that also lead to a successful cookbook of the same name, has lived in Australia for nearly a decade and was born and raised in Milan. However her loyalty to Italian food lies within the hills and mountains of Abruzzo, a region east of Rome. It is here where Silvia’s mother came from and where she spent most of her summers growing up. And it is here that Silvia began her love with food that is simple, wholesome, nutritious and cooked with love. It is this fresh and healthy side of Italian food that Silvia wants to share and to shatter the view that all Italian fare is carb-loaded pizzas and pastas.


Made In Italy with Silvia Colloca sees Silvia visit three charming regions of Italy that are close to her heart – Abruzzo, Le Marche and Molise – to re-discover authentic cucina povera (peasant cuisine). In each episode, Silvia meets locals and is invited to cook with them in their kitchens, allowing a sneak peek inside the true Italian lifestyle and culture.

It is Silvia’s own family kitchen in her Abruzzo home that is at the heart of Made In Italy with Silvia Colloca. She will share intimate family moments with loved ones as they cook, eat and laugh together. The Collocas reveal why Italian cuisine is not just about eating.

Silvia’s children Raphael and Miro reveal grins like Cheshire cats as their mamma serves up beautiful maccheroni alla chitarra. Silvia also cooks up delicious meals with her mamma for the clan of Collocas who play such an important role in this series.

Set amongst picture-perfect postcard backdrops of piazzas, ancient Roman ruins, villages perched on mountains, colourful farmer’s markets and quaint Adriatic restaurants, Made In Italy with Silvia Colloca is not just a cooking show; it’s a visual banquet good enough to feast on.



Made In Italy with Silvia Colloca is a FremantleMedia Australia production for SBS.


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Celebrity Chef Luca Ciano will dazzle us at the Norton Street Italian Festa

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Celebrity Chef Luca Ciano will be a special guest chef at this years Norton Street Italian Festa. Make sure you come by and see him cook his Millefoglie di Parmigiano with prosciutto di Parma and zucchini flowers.

Luca was born and raised in Milan by an amazing family from whom he inherited his passion for food and respect for people. 

Luca’s career includes the famous 2 Michelin-starred restaurant” Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia” in Milan, as well as international experience at London’s Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Relais & Chateaux in Bermuda, and in Australia at the Sheraton on the Park and The Westin in Sydney, and Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley.

In 2001/2002, Luca took part in the Salon Culinaire International de Londres Competition where he was awarded a Bronze medal for Senior Pasta Class, and a Merit Award in the Nestle’ Master Chef Grand Prix. A number of his signature dishes from his London days have been published in Chefs of Distinction (2003 and 2004 editions).

In 2008 he joined Barilla, where he developed and established the “Casa Barilla” cooking school, where he still offer regular hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations in Sydney. Based on regional Italian gastronomy, and showcasing the breadth of Italy’s cuisine, he has travelled with this concept around Australia, New Zealand and many Asian countries.


Since January 2010 Luca has been a contributor for the Australian BBC Good Food Magazine, where his signature Italian regional dishes are published on a regular basis.

Luca now consult for restaurants, magazines and Italian brands in Australia and around the world, providing guidance and assistance in their daily operations.

The Taste of Great Italian Food at Norton Street Festa



Norton Street Italian Festa will celebrate its 28th year on 26October 2014.

As always, the taste of Italian food will be a highlight.  Enzo Guarino, MC of the Festa cooking stage said, “This year will be a spectacular tasting treat for lovers of Italian food. In addition to our great local Italian chefs Paolo Gatto and Christian Colognesi who will cook regional Italian dishes from all over Italy, Luke and Scott of My Kitchen Rules 2013 fame will demonstrate Italian food ‘clean living’ style, Silvia Colloca from upcoming Made in Italy on SBS will treat us to a family favourite dish from Abruzzo, and Pina Pacialeo of ‘Pina Cucina’ YouYube fame will showcase her regional food.

This is a special day to visit Sydney’s ‘Little Italy’ with family and friends.   More than a kilometre of Norton Street Leichhardt will be closed to traffic with a great variety of stalls including Italian food and products.  The music of Italy will be everywhere and singers and dancers will entertain.  Rides, stories and activities for the ‘kids’ and AutoFesta with hundreds of Italian cars, bikes and more for the ‘kids of all ages’.

More than 100,000 visitors enjoy Festa each year and in 2013 over 125,000 saw the Italian episode of My Kitchen Rules (MKR) filmed – this aired this year to 2.7 million viewers.

Be there and expect the unexpected at Festa 2014 – a great day out with family and friends – and be in the Festa raffle for that trip of a lifetime for two to Italy –