This weekend a slice of Italy is in Adelaide for the ever-popular Carnevale festival. Held at the Adelaide Showground, this event is the perfect opportunity to experience Italian culture on our doorstep with delicious Italian food and entertainment.
There are cooking demonstrations from popular Australian chefs and San Remo Ambassadors, Kids in the Kitchen, Brasilia Coffee master classes, fashion parades with four a day, an Under 12s soccer competition, a motor show, mozzarella stretching workshops and much more! This is an event packed with fun for the whole family.
When I think of Italian sweets the first thing I think of Zeppole. For those unfamiliar with Zeppole, they are a sweet Italian doughnut which is light & fluffy on the inside and crunchy and coated in sugar on the outside. We were lucky enough to witness a Zeppole eating competition, which was amusing to say the least. The Zeppole at Carnevale are massive so watching a bunch of people try to eat these from a string with their hands behind their backs was hilarious.
There was food galore on offer, from traditional Italian favourites of Pasta and Pizza and a personal favourite of mine – Bruschetta. You cannot go wrong with a simple Bruschetta in my opinion. The bread has to be crunchy and topped with fresh Tomatoes and basil and dressed in plenty of olive oil. This Bruschetta was everything I hoped it would be and more.
As well as the traditional dishes on offer, something slightly different we came across was a Roast Pork roll, perhaps a take on the popular Vietnamese classic Banh Mi. This was a bread roll filled with plenty of Roasted Porchetta (Pork), fresh salad and crunchy crackling. It was mouth wateringly good.
A highlight was definitely the range of Gelati on offer. There was every flavour imaginable from chocolate to pistachio, to salted caramel and fresh fruit sorbets, all freshly made. We sampled the simple Chocolate and Strawberry flavours and they were delicious. The chocolate was creamy and tasted of milk chocolate and the strawberry was sweet and slightly tangy. It was devoured in record time.
Carnevale is the perfect place to experience the best of Italian culture right here in Adelaide. There is only one day left of the event so be sure to head down to sample some amazing food and enjoy everything that makes the Italian culture so special.
Words by Angela Scarfo from All About That Food
WHERE: Wayville Showgrounds