Norton Street Italian Festa 2015

The Parents and I headed to Leichhardt, known as Sydney’s “Little Italy”, for the Norton Street Italian Festa. This was its 29th year, but the first time I had ever heard of it, let alone attended this little festival. It was an amazingly gorgeous day, perfect for roaming the street, and we pretty much ate our way through (okay, I pretty much ate my way through).

We started with dessert because, well, why not? This bombolone was from RivaReno. It’s an Italian doughnut filled with gelato (in our case, coffee with chocolate chips), and was the perfect start to the day.

I find it hard to resist shiny things. This sterling silver fox ring is from CK Gems and is my new favourite piece of jewellery.

These kids were performing ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy. They were pretty good.

I can’t ever resist proscuitto. This was nice and ‘soft’ and not too salty, which is perfect in my opinion. Even The Parents enjoyed it, and that’s saying something.

Fresh lemonade, which is always a favourite of mine.

The Italian Made Social Motoring Club members had their cars on display. I loved this little Fiat with the suitcase on the back. Makes me want to travel around Australia in one just like it.

Forgot the stall I bought this trio of arancini from (oops), but they were delicious. They were bolognese, spinach and cheese, and mushroom flavoured. So good. Incidentally, one of the stages was doing a cooking demonstration on arancini. Needless to say, I paid attention and am hoping to make some for myself soon.

We almost left without having some pizza. This ‘Tropical’ slice of wood-fired pizza is from Cafe Gioia. It was good, but not worth the wait.

It was nice to be out and about in the sun, smelling all the yummy food and trying some for ourselves. Of course, Norton Street Italian Festa isn’t just about the food, but it’s a great reason to check it out. It was very busy though, and I unfortunately passed on some stalls simply because of the long queues. Overall, I really enjoyed it and might visit again next year.

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