Celebrating Made In Italy At The VIP Launch Of Sydney Italian Festival 2015

640-JAP-RET_6820Imagine 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



  1. There’s just been an Italian festival in Dubai too. I would have loved to go as I love everything Italian (especially the food and the fashion), but I couldn’t as I’m in Denmark studying. Looks like a very nice day and so stylish of you to wear an Italian dress:)

    • Thank you Mitzie. Yes so much to love about the Italian culture: the art; the fashion; the food and the la dolce vita… We were very happy to be a part of this celebration. 🙂

  2. Recently I was playing chauffeur duties for Will, my partner Judy’s grand son and for all intents and purposes mine ( given I have been in his life from the beginning). I’d collected him from a kid’s birthday party at a trampoline venue in Sydney’s Alexandria; driving back we passed the Ferrari Showroom. Will imediately asked if we could stop and take a look. I love cars so said of course.
    In we walked in. The team there couldn’t have been more friendly and smiled as six year old Will and I perused the mouth watering display of Ferrari exotics. After much study and deliberation of the cars Will picked his favourite and then asked me how much it was. I took a guess and said around about $350,000 but quickly said why don’t we ask one of the sales team. Will thought this was a good idea and with all the confidence that 6years olds have these days asked the question. Seems I was rather wide of the mark. North of $500,000 would have bought the Ferrari he liked the most. Will considered this for a moment and then said that’s quite a lot isn’t Greg?

    • Haha~ I enjoy this story, love that six years old Will “considered this for a moment”, then realized it’s “quite a lot” at the end. Thank you so much for sharing it Greg. 🙂

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