Imagine turning up to a launch event.., you walk the red carpet; champagne on arrival; a Ferrari on one side and a Maserati on the other… Well the above scene just happened on the 21st of October at Doltone House and Kent and I were grateful to be in the middle of it all. What a welcome we received at the Sydney Italian Festival 2015 VIP Launch!
My ‘Italian affair’ can be traced to way back to a time when I was just a kid. Vespas were so popular in Taiwan growing up, that when a neighbour’s sister got herself one I was tricolour-green with envy! When I was older, this motorised Italian love affair was replaced by one for fashion: Versace; Moschino; Trussardi; Salvatore Ferragamo; Sergio Rossi… You name it the list just goes on and on. And my two visits to Rome – the climax of all things Italian – so far! Awww… ROMA~ I LOVE ROMA!!!
But then this glamorous invitation-only Italian cocktail party had it all. Sweet and short speeches including the Italian Ambassador – His Excellency Mr. Pier Zazo, who proudly announced the opening of the 2015 edition of the Sydney Italian Festival, which runs from the 21st of October till the 26th of November.
After speeches guests continued to enjoy Italian cheeses; salami; prosciutto; pasta; wines and more wines and cocktails… Gelato too while the big screen was showing scenes from ‘Roman Holiday’ and; you could have your snapshot taken ‘riding’ a real Vespa! If you are lucky enough (grab an ‘Italian Passport‘) you could win a dream holiday for two to Italy, sponsored by CIT Holidays and Emirates.
Knowing the Italian Trade Agency celebrates and promotes the excellence of everything ‘Made in Italy’, I decided to wear my own piece of Made in Italy – my beaded Paola Frani cocktail dress.
Before we had too many (it’s never too many) delicious Ferrero Rocher chocolates, we said ‘Ciao~’ to our new friends, when we got home, we could not resist watching another episode of Inspector Montalbano.
To see Kent’s event coverage, simply click here.
Main photo courtesy of Italian Trade Agency – Sydney