By Rebecca Harris

Sydney wine buffs will rejoice when the 2008 Sydney Italian Festival kicks off tomorrow evening. Running from May 20 to June 10, the festival will feature a number of food and wine events, along with Italian fashion, design, art, culture, film, music and sport.

Now in its fifth year, festival organisers are expecting 2008 to be the festival’s biggest, with a record number of events scheduled across Sydney.

Wine-focused events will include the Italian Wine Discovery at Casa d’Italia in Leichhardt on June 7, which will highlight the regional differences between northern and southern Italian wines, and wine tasting sessions at the GPO’s Cheese and Wine Room in Martin Place,  where sommeliers and fromagers will guide guests through four Italian cheese tastings matched with Italian wines.

In addition, cellars across Sydney will be opening their doors for Italian wine tastings, including Amato’s Liquor in Leichhardt. 

Amato’s Liquor proprietor, Martin Apap, said tastings were a “brilliant part” of the festival. “It’s a fantastic way for people to try over 30 premium Italian wines, most of which are hard to get, let alone to try,” he said.

For a full program of events, click here.


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