LA DOLCE vita means “the good life” in Italian and nowhere will that be more evident than in Gunnedah this weekend.
The town’s annual Porchetta Day is on tomorrow, a celebration of all things Italian including fine food and wine.
Organisers are hoping for a sea of green, white and red around town as the community throws its support behind the day that has quickly become one of the major culinary events on the country NSW calendar.
The festival, now in its fifth year, will combine the rustic delights of Italian cuisine with the excellent agricultural products of the Gunnedah district.
A massive 5000 people made their way to last year’s event, many travelling from interstate, and it’s hoped even more foodies will flock in for the fun this year.
It will once again feature a spit roasted porchetta, a local succulent pig that is stuffed with herbs and spices like rosemary and fennel.
Gunnedah mayor Owen Hasler will continue the tradition of basting the pig with rosemary swathes dipped in olive oil at 10.15am to kick off the event.
Other foodie delights include the magnificent cheesecakes from Papa Pasticceria’s corner store in Haberfield, along with the famous cannoli, tarts and pastries.
Italian sausages, home-made gnocchi, cheeses, breads, olive oil, gelato, bruschetta, biscotti, pasta, pizza and Italian coffee will also get taste buds tingling.
Entertainment is also on the menu, with the popular Ross Maio Trio returning.
New to the program is Keith Preston’s historic Punch and Judy Puppet show, one of the few authentic shows of its kind still surviving in Australia.
The Gunnedah Conservatorium will perform with the junior choir, Poco-a-poco choir and ukelele band, while new addition, the Sousaphonics, are sure to set the scene with a wide repertoire of European brass music.
Once the kids have watched the puppet show, they can make their own mini pizzas in a woodfire oven built specially for the event, while the spaghetti eating competition also attracts a crowd.
Face-painting, children’s games and activities and a magician will also keep young foodies amused.
The annual Porchetta Day will be held at the Gunnedah Kennel Club Grounds and gates open at 10am.