NSW Celebrates Italian Cuisine Week (Nov 18 -24)

 Next week NSW will celebrate the very best of Italian food, wine and culture at the fourth annual Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo or Italian Cuisine Week in the World

Generations of artisans across Italy’s 20 regions have created world-beating products using all-natural ingredients and age-old recipes. Thanks to this passion for tradition and quality Italian specialties, from Prosciutto di Parma to Parmigiano Reggiano to Chianti DOCG, are enjoyed across the globe. 

From Monday, November 18 to Sunday, November 24, a range of events will showcase mouth-watering Italian dishes and delicacies while teaching food lovers how to identify authentic Italian products. 

The Settimana della Cucina Italiana has been organized by the Consulate General of Italy in Sydney, along with the Italian National Tourist Board, the Italian Cultural Institute of Sydney, the Italian Trade Agency, and the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Sydney

As well as the Settimana della Cucina Italiana programme (outlined below), “Ospitalita’ Italiana” certified restaurants and businesses around NSW and ACT will be hosting their own special events as part of the week, based around this year’s theme of ‘Culinary Education: Culture of Taste’. 

Details on these exciting events, which include food tastings, degustation classes and dinners, can be found at https://italiancuisine.com.au/ 

Rachele Grassi, CEO and Secretary General of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Sydney, said: ‘’Italian cuisine is incredibly popular around the world. Italian Cuisine Week is a fantastic chance to celebrate the exceptional quality of Italian products and help Italian food fans identify and appreciate authentic Italian food and drink.” 

Italian Cuisine Week Programme: 

Monday November 18: Settimina della Cucina Italiana Opening Night 2019 

1800 – 2000 

SNAIDERO Showroom 

619 Elizabeth Street, Redfern, NSW 

Enjoy Italian delicacies and drinks with fellow fans of Italian culinary culture. Italian Insitutions will celebrate the official opening of the week; Italian restaurants that have been recognised as great ambassadors of Italian cuisine abroad, as part of project Ospitalita’ Italiana, will be presented with a plaque certifying the quality of the culinary experiences they offer. Ospitalita’ Italiana is the official seal of approval for Italian restaurants overseas. The events will also feature the Federation of Italian Chefs annual gathering with awards and a mouthwatering menu-perfomance. 

Tuesday November 19: Wine Tasting, the Italian Way: technique, pairing and certifications 

1800 – 2000 

Bel & Brio T301/300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo, NSW 

Master Sommelier Alberto Libanoro shares his incredible expertise based on his wealth of experience at luxury Italian and Australian hotels and restaurants, from the Villa Feltrinelli in Italy to Rockpool Bar & Grill and Eleven Bridge Street (voted Australia’s best restaurant in 2015). 

Wednesday November 20: Extra Virgin Olive Oil – guided tasting seminar with chefs Luca Ciano and Nino Zoccali 

1600 – 1800 

Casa Barilla, 4 Annandale Street, Annandale, NSW 

Casa Barilla will entertain and impress with an in-depth look at one of Italy’s most well-loved exports. 

Thursday November 21: The Mediterranean Diet: Where Taste Meets Health 

1800 – 2030 

Italian Cultural Institute, York Street 

Research has shown that a diet rich in Italian staples such as olive oil, tomatoes, fish and fresh vegetables can help prevent health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and breast cancer. World leading expert in nutrition and human longevity, 

Professor Luigi Fontana, will share his insights into the recognised health benefits of a Mediterranean diet in an illuminating evening. 


Settimana della Cucina Italiana/Italian Cuisine Week 

Australia joins more than 130 countries in celebrating Settimana della Cucina Italiana/Italian Cuisine Week. Led by The Extraordinary Italian Taste project, it aims to reinforce Italian quality by educating food lovers on how to identify and appreciate authentic Italian products. 

Worldwide events include seminars and conferences, meetings with chefs and cooking classes, tastings and dinners, alongside commercial promotion activities. Italian cuisine will also be represented in art, through films, concerts and photographic exhibitions. 

Topical issues such as food and environmental sustainability, the culture of healthy food, food security, the right to food, food education, territorial identities and biodiversity, will all be covered. 

More information: https://italiancuisine.com.au/ 

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