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    Transport yourself to the rustic ambiance and sensational aromas of Italia on April 12th and 13th 2014, as the largely untouched, romantic and authentic Broke Fordwich Wine Region in the Hunter Valley will come alive with A Little Bit of Italy.

    Now in its 8th year, the festival that was born from a lavish Italian dinner at a local home and designed by Italian chef Bruno di Sarno, has now grown into a buzz of celebration and tradition that attracts more than 3,000 people to the region each year.

    To kick start the weekend, visitors can pick up a passport at the ‘Passport Office’ on the main street of the historic village of Broke which will outline all the venues that are participating in the Festival.

    The price of entry is a $5 souvenir tasting glass to be used for a complimentary sample of local wines from each of the region’s top 12 wine producers.

    As you travel around from venue to venue, get your passport stamped to go in the draw to win over $2,000 worth of wine, food and accommodation. And to get around, you may want to book your place on the shuttle busses for $20 per person all day or $30 for two days including transport to participating dinner venues in the evening.

    In love with Italian food? Indulge in nonna’s old-town recipes with live cooking demonstrations happening at several locations across the two days, or enjoy a luscious spread of woodfire pizzas, gelatos, olive oils, formaggi, wines and fresh local produce.

    Other highlights during the Festival will include a concerto of live cultural music and dancing from the soul, as well as a fantastic show of Italian cars and motorbikes (on Sunday only).

    Feeling competitive? Make your way to Catherine Vale Vineyard and look in on a game of Bocce- Italian bowls. Join in for a bowl or two to show off your skills, or lack of, if you think you can take the heat. You may also wish to start your journey with a traditional Italian breakfast or by taking in a puppet show or enjoying the quaint market on site.

    President of Broke Fordwich Wine & Tourism Association, Eden Anthony says, “We have had a great time in bringing to our festival the love for good food, wine, music, fun, warmth and friendship that is always Italian. This year one of the venues has even included a specialised selection of beautiful Italian beers and Prosecco for patrons to enjoy.”

    The main contenders for evening culinary delights are three of Broke’s major award-winning venues. This weekend is a guaranteed sell-out, so please be advised that booking for dinner is essential.

    1. Margan Restaurant, Reservations are essential as numbers are limited: (02) 6579 1372 or email: events@margan.com.au, http://www.margan.com.au

    This establishment won ‘Best Restaurant’ at the Australian Tourism awards. It is not hard to see why the one acre Kitchen Garden and orchard produces up to 90% of vegetables and fruit for the seasonally inspired menus. In addition, Margan have free range chickens, Black Suffolk lambs, bee hives for fresh, unfiltered honey and olive groves for table olives.

    Dining in the Piazza – the signature weekend event will be held on the Friday evening. Dine under the stars with a set five-course degustation dinner at 6pm with local and imported wines available and live Italian entertainment. $100 per person + wine.

    2. Catherine Vale Wines, Reservations: (02) 6579 1334, www.catherinevale.com.au

    Catherine Vale will again host a dinner as part of “A Little Bit of Italy in Broke”. The evening is a wonderful occasion with singing and dancing provided by the Caballeros. This year’s five course degustation menu, prepared by Silvio from Silvio’s Italian restaurant, will be matched with Catherine Vale’s three Italian wines plus others purchased specifically for the occasion. Italian Beer and Prosecco will be available upon arrival.
    The dinner plus all wines is $95.00 per person. Bookings are essential.

    3. Nightingale Restaurant, Reservations: (02) 6579 1499, www.nightingalewines.com.au

    Nightingale Restaurant has relaunched with a stunning new refurbishment. Enjoy the friendly relaxed atmosphere in the comfortable corners of the lounge, or from the vast open air verandas. An Italian inspired A La Carte menu with live music will be on offer.

    Cost: One course $39.00 including Breads and a top up of the souvenir wine glass
    Two courses $55.00 including Breads and a top up of the souvenir wine glass
    Three courses $75.00 including Breads and a top up of the souvenir wine glass

    To experience the region over the weekend, heavily discounted accommodation packages will be on offer from $1,225 to include 2 nights’ accommodation, festival entry and tasting glass, $10 Lunch vouchers, Saturday Italian Dinner vouchers, hamper of local produce, a breakfast Hamper, a bottle of local wine, bus shuttle to all venues all weekend plus to and from the Italian dinner.

    For more information on the accommodation packages please visit:
    http://www.brokefordwich.com.au/index.php?page=italy

    Che sta per essere un buon weekend! Buon Appetitio!! – It’s going to be a good weekend, have a great meal!

    A Little Bit of Italy in Broke is produced by the Broke Fordwich Wine and Tourism Association

    This event is proudly supported by Bulga Coal.

    For more information please visit www.italyinbroke.com.au

    For all media enquiries, images, interviews and visits, please contact Michelle at Agent99 PR on 02 9779 0999/0404 808 144 or Michelle@agent99pr.com

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