Festivals, Uncategorized SYDNEY ITALIAN FESTIVAL 2008 3 June 2008

We headed out to the Sydney Italian Festival despite the weather looking pretty drizzly and dreary.. and it was just as well we did, since the weather quickly cleared up and it turned out to be a pretty decent day after all, whew!! This festival is apparently one of the biggest ones in Sydney, though I don’t really see how since it was busy but not that crowded. Perhaps it was because everything’s out in the open so it seems more spacious?

All the various cafes and restaurants along the street throw open their doors for the Italian Festival, and there are also a bunch of stalls dotted up and down the street featuring Italian goodies. I wish they was a wider selection or more stalls, as the offerings ran out pretty quickly :X But we got a chance to sample local Italian food and desserts which I don’t tend to get often around where I live.

We met up with my French friends there and shared a few Italian snacks/desserts, before deciding we were hungry and headed to Bill & Toni’s for a hearty Italian lunch. Seemed like everyone else had the same idea, since the place was packed to the brim! We did manage to get a table fairly quickly though, and the meals were served at record speed – probably because they have a really selected menu and everything’s already cooked and ready in the kitchen. No problem for us, as everything was still fresh and hot – probably because of the super high turnover that afternoon.


Sydney Italian Festival 2008

The day started off a bit rainy and dreary…

All snuggled up

But then the sun came out. Hurray!!

Farm fresh apples and oranges

Zucchini flowers – I’ve never eaten these before, I don’t think

Just us 🙂

Loads of fresh veggies for sale

And pastries too

Mum and Dad bought a loaf of sourdough bread here. I made some
creamy scrambled eggs to go on top of it. OMG it was divine!!!

Mum buys some lovely fresh mushrooms

Chris and I are dressed alike HAHA

We got a free pot plant each. Yay!

Big fat donuts and cannelloni. We had a custard-filled donut. YUMMMM

Italian band music

Amused by something or other

People milling around eating outdoors

Me and (yet another!) French girl friend

We adjourned to Bill and Toni’s for an Italian lunch

Awesomely buttery garlic bread :)~

Delicious Osso Bucco and Spaghetti

Lamb Liver *shudders*

My big fat Meatballs and Spaghetti – delicious!

Us! Minus the French guy friend that took this pic 😛

Headed outside for a cup of Italian coffee

Check out that massive saucepan of mussels… mmmm..

Loads of (scary looking) sausages

My girl friend and I eagerly checking out the Mushroom and Truffle Risotto

Oooh la la!!

We couldn’t resist, so we bought some!

Ohhhh it was GOOOD 🙂


42 Comments

  • ptechnix posted on June 3, 2008 at 2:59 am

    What’s this? Bev actually wearing winter clothing? 16 degree temperatures should be no excuse for not wearing your standard kit of micro skirts and tops. Soft…..

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:08 pm

      Yes, boohoo! Being kitted up from head-to-toe is totally overrated…

      Reply
  • waltzmatz posted on June 3, 2008 at 3:08 am

    WOW! it seems like its been FUN FUN FUN FUN for you! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:09 pm

      Hehe it’s quite fun having my parents around, so nice to have company 24/7!

      Reply
  • sh4r0n posted on June 3, 2008 at 3:20 am

    where was that? Leichardt? hehehe .. I see a sushi place in that Italian festival LOL

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:11 pm

      ’twas around the Surry Hills/East Sydney area I believe! And yes, you have sharp eyes hehe.. we were joking about “italian flavoured sushi” that they MUST be serving ROFL!

      Reply
      • sh4r0n posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:14 pm

        Hahaha sushi topped with Marinara / Alfredo sauce hmmmm doesn’t sound bad at all lol. Actually here they something called sushi lasagna.. there you go

        Reply
  • joejunior posted on June 3, 2008 at 4:02 am

    the doughnuts are huge!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:11 pm

      They looked so fluffy and lovely too! Really wanted one 😛

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on June 3, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Aw maaaan, that donut looks GOOD!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:12 pm

      Wish we tried that…. but we had the donut stuffed with custard and it was brilliant too!

      Reply
  • budding_corsage posted on June 3, 2008 at 5:30 am

    guess what, i’ve been stuck in Sydney for 24Hrs on transit because of stupid Qantas!!! gonna blog about it now. Some of the other passengers have called the radio station and it is on air now.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:12 pm

      Ohhh BOO! I did hear about some sort of strike going on with Qantas but thought that was a few days ago. So crappy.. I hope it gets resolved ASAP!!

      Reply
  • lianvee posted on June 3, 2008 at 5:54 am

    Eeeek, lamb liver! How does it taste?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:13 pm

      I didn’t dare try it.. .too weird to me!

      Reply
  • l_i_z posted on June 3, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Ooooh all that food looks YUMMY! Except for the liver.. that’s a bit scary hahah. What does it taste like? Ugh I’m hungry now:P Also, next to the donuts is cannoli (cannelloni is pasta) 🙂

    What foundation are you wearing? Your skin looks awesome, especially in the 7th-ish picture hehehe 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:14 pm

      I think fois gras is fine but dunno if this liver was different.. it was too strange for me to risk it 😉

      I use Sofina’s raycious foundation which is really light, that’s why I like it. And I also use Jane Iredale’s pressed powder which also gives light coverage so the skin can breathe! 🙂

      Reply
  • ptechnix posted on June 3, 2008 at 2:59 am

    What’s this? Bev actually wearing winter clothing? 16 degree temperatures should be no excuse for not wearing your standard kit of micro skirts and tops. Soft…..

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:08 pm

      Yes, boohoo! Being kitted up from head-to-toe is totally overrated…

      Reply
  • waltzmatz posted on June 3, 2008 at 3:08 am

    WOW! it seems like its been FUN FUN FUN FUN for you! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:09 pm

      Hehe it’s quite fun having my parents around, so nice to have company 24/7!

      Reply
  • sh4r0n posted on June 3, 2008 at 3:20 am

    where was that? Leichardt? hehehe .. I see a sushi place in that Italian festival LOL

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:11 pm

      ’twas around the Surry Hills/East Sydney area I believe! And yes, you have sharp eyes hehe.. we were joking about “italian flavoured sushi” that they MUST be serving ROFL!

      Reply
      • sh4r0n posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:14 pm

        Hahaha sushi topped with Marinara / Alfredo sauce hmmmm doesn’t sound bad at all lol. Actually here they something called sushi lasagna.. there you go

        Reply
  • joejunior posted on June 3, 2008 at 4:02 am

    the doughnuts are huge!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:11 pm

      They looked so fluffy and lovely too! Really wanted one 😛

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on June 3, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Aw maaaan, that donut looks GOOD!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:12 pm

      Wish we tried that…. but we had the donut stuffed with custard and it was brilliant too!

      Reply
  • budding_corsage posted on June 3, 2008 at 5:30 am

    guess what, i’ve been stuck in Sydney for 24Hrs on transit because of stupid Qantas!!! gonna blog about it now. Some of the other passengers have called the radio station and it is on air now.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:12 pm

      Ohhh BOO! I did hear about some sort of strike going on with Qantas but thought that was a few days ago. So crappy.. I hope it gets resolved ASAP!!

      Reply
  • lianvee posted on June 3, 2008 at 5:54 am

    Eeeek, lamb liver! How does it taste?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:13 pm

      I didn’t dare try it.. .too weird to me!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on June 3, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    All the food looks delicious. I like the poster of Italian festival – riding a Vespa is quintessientially what I think of when I think Italy.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm

      Agreed, I don’t see many vespas here in Sydney… though my colleague does have one, it’s too cute!

      Reply
  • l_i_z posted on June 3, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Ooooh all that food looks YUMMY! Except for the liver.. that’s a bit scary hahah. What does it taste like? Ugh I’m hungry now:P Also, next to the donuts is cannoli (cannelloni is pasta) 🙂

    What foundation are you wearing? Your skin looks awesome, especially in the 7th-ish picture hehehe 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 1:14 pm

      I think fois gras is fine but dunno if this liver was different.. it was too strange for me to risk it 😉

      I use Sofina’s raycious foundation which is really light, that’s why I like it. And I also use Jane Iredale’s pressed powder which also gives light coverage so the skin can breathe! 🙂

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on June 3, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    All the food looks delicious. I like the poster of Italian festival – riding a Vespa is quintessientially what I think of when I think Italy.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm

      Agreed, I don’t see many vespas here in Sydney… though my colleague does have one, it’s too cute!

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on June 4, 2008 at 4:32 am

    I love the coat. You look like a cute little Eskimo.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 11, 2008 at 9:55 pm

      Heh! I like how the coat’s got rainbow Paul Frank on the inside, too cute 😉

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on June 4, 2008 at 4:32 am

    I love the coat. You look like a cute little Eskimo.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on June 11, 2008 at 9:55 pm

      Heh! I like how the coat’s got rainbow Paul Frank on the inside, too cute 😉

      Reply

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