Sunday, May 24, 2009

Zumbo Italiano (pun intended)

On a brilliant autumn day in Sydney, two fun events occurred.

First up, the Primo Italiano Festival.

This festival was put on by the Sydney of City council and celebrated the Italian heritage of businesses and the community of East Sydney. Stanley, Riley and Yurong Streets in Darlinghurst were lined with stalls selling Italian food, and a lively atmosphere prevailed.

Street lined with tables in checked tablecloths; layer upon layer of ricotta zuccherati
from Bertoni Casalinga (my FAVOURITE!); cheese tastings from Formaggi Ocello

Throw a coin in the fountain and make a wish; accordian player above Verde restaurant; it was crowded!

It's not a festival without cute dogs; veges for sale; Bambini gnocchi-making classes

Then, it was back to Balmain to meet up with fellow foodbloggers for a tasting of the new Adriano Zumbo winter collection:

Reem from I Am Obsessed With Food did a brilliant job in organising for part of the Zumbo café to be set aside for us to photograph the new cakes to our hearts content. And consume them of course!

Summary of the new range

Detail of some of the colourful range (I can vouch for the ones in the glasses - they are divine!)

The cafe is made even more attractive/salubrious with the addition of rabid foodbloggers

Adriano chats with his fans; the lovely Rachael takes drinks orders

Thank you Adriano and Rachael for being so accommodating. The cakes we bought and tasted are a triumphant masterpiece!
Update: Because I am totally slack and do not pay attention (*slap on the wrist*), I have had to rely on others for a list of attendees at Zumbo. So thanks for that, and hi to everyone ...


  1. so sad i couldnt meet up with you guys but zomg the macarons! buttered salted popcorn is so sooooo good *drools*

  2. Yay! So glad you could make it! It was so good, I can't believe how well Rachael and Adriano took care of us!

  3. Lovely to meet you yesterday! So many delicious and beautiful goodies on offer for us to coo over but I think I am suffering from post sugar rush today...

  4. I love the opening flag pic and hehe yes we got very similar photos indeedy lol. Great that Zumbo was there too!

  5. It was great to meet you, Adriano and Rachael were lovely weren't they? Heehee I see myself! I like how I'm a mysterious blur :D

  6. oh wow, sounds like you had a great day, a taste of italian and french both on the same day, soo jealous. I'm dissapointed that I missed out on the major adriano zumbo event, however thanks to all the food bloggers who were there for such an insightful account.

  7. /cry... Everything looks great ^^! At least you guys had an awesome time yayyy!

  8. What a lovely day out. It's cute the way dog lovers always bring their furry friends along. Looks like a great atmosphere at both events.

  9. hi Suze - it's a shame you couldn't make it, but at least you got a taste of the new range. And yes, the popcorn macaron is to die for!

    hi Reem - thanks for the great meetup. Zumbo's are so nice, aren't they.

    hi Forager - it was great to meet you too! It took me a couple of hours to get over the sugar rush, then I was ready to go again.

    hi Lorraine - the Italian festival was fun, and such great weather. And yes, Zumbo turned up and was a lovely host.

    hi Steph - you were too fast for the camera! And I loved the shoes you wore...

    hi Linda - hope you can make it to the next outing, there's sure to be many more. In the meantime, there are so many Zumbo posts to get through (great reading!).

    hi FFiciban - we missed you (but had a nice time anyway)!

    hi Arwen - I love weekends that are filled with food! And cute dogs!

  10. It was a great day. So glad I went and could finally try some of Zumbo's great food. Both Adriano and Rachael were lovely and I had a great time meeting everyone. :)