There are many reasons to love the city of Sydney. One of them is its ability to reveal itself under a different light; another is the way it can gently lead you by the hand and take you down memory lane. Last week’s Blessing of the Fleet took me back to Sicily and today’s Norton Street Italian Festa 2010 in Leichhardt allowed me to reminisce about the last trip to Italy through food, drink and culture.
With the main street closed to traffic, it was through the Barilla arch and onto La Festa!
There were Zippoli and Briscoli that caught the eye,
and Italian gingerbread in various shapes.
Soft almond nougat was plentiful,
while Lupini beans made me think of the mezze I ate in Lebanon.
This was a serious looking barbecue.
Would you like an Italian sausage?
Or a Gorgeous Hot Italian that Can Cook? Personally… I’d want both!
Doughnuts with Nutella Fondue and Nutella Ravioli with Baileys Foam from Aperitivo sounded very tempting.
“Patate…” I heard someone explain this Potato on a Stick; a popular snack with the young ones.
There were Nutella pizzas. A Nutella jar? Pass me the spoon!
The Porchetta stall was very popular. The suckling pig was succulent and cooked overnight.
They worked fast to serve the queue of hungry people.
A smiling little Piggy…
We paused in the heat to sink a couple of Birra Moretti. Last time we cin-cin’ed, we were with family in Mogliano Veneto.
It wouldn’t be an Italian event without cars such as Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia,
or this vintage Fiat.
Italian memorabilia added a splash of patriotic colour.
You can be CSI (Certified Sexy Italian) or just Take the Cannoli. Last time we saw these T shirts, we were in the beautiful town of Erice in Sicily.
And the last time we saw Pinocchio, he was at a souvenir stand in Venice near the Rialto.
Folkloric dancers performed on stage.
That is why it is called La Festa!
And it wouldn’t be an Italian Food Festa without finishing the day with a ricotta Cannoli.
The Norton Street Italian Festa was part of the Crave Sydney Food Festival and took place on Sunday 31 October 2010.
Other Crave Sydney 2010 events on Gourmantic:
Australian Cheese Showcase 2010: The Rocks Market
Cocktail of the Month at La Scala on Jersey
Night Noodle Markets
Summer Hill Grand Food Bazaar
Cocktail of the Month at Monkey Magic
Monkey Magic Sugar Hit: Black Sesame Crème Caramel
Slideshow/Photographs of the Night Noodle Markets
Blessing of the Fleet at the Sydney Fish Markets
Crave Sydney Food Festival Website
Italian Festa Website