Sunday 28th February, Leichhardt Town Hall Precinct, 11am-5pm
The Leichhardt Long Lunch Food & Wine Festival, to be held on Sunday February 28th, is part of a series of events leading up to a ‘long-long’ lunch at the 30th annual Norton Street Italian Festa on October 30th. Leichhardt Long Lunch reinforces the Inner West as a premier Sydney food and wine district and also provides opportunities for local artisans and businesses to showcase their products and skill.
A festival dedicated to fine International cuisine demands an exuberant showcase of cooking, so from 11am until 5pm you can enjoy a parade of demonstrations from the Inner West’s own culinary geniuses that will leave you itching for the kitchen the moment you get home.
Enzo Guarino will be returning once more as MC and host of the ‘Casa e Cucina’ cooking marquee.
“As well as being entertained by local chefs who will share their recipes, visitors will have the unique opportunity to taste the dishes being prepared and some of the lucky onlookers may even get a chance to cook with the chefs on the day,” Mr Guarino said.
The lineup includes:
11.30 | Locantro Fine Foods
For those with a sweet-tooth, Pino Locantro will be demonstrating his delicious sweets.
12:00 & 2:00 | Rylestone Olive Press
Famous for their award-winning olive oils, Rylestone’s executive chef will showcase how olive oil can be used in a number of dishes.
12:30 | Food Adventura
From personalised chef service, Head Chef Bruno Laborde is keen to show audiences his famous paella.
1:00 | Capriccio Osteria & Bar
A local Norton Street business, Capriccio will have head chef, Bryan Gerlini, present their Summer Seafood Risotto.
1:30 & 3:30 | Conjurup Food
Anna-Jane Dalton, a local food hero, will be cooking with her amazing spice blends.
2:45 | Mutti Ambassador
Find out how to use Mutti tomato products and local Paesanella cheeses from Executive Chef Daniele Trimarchi.
4:15 | Casa E Cucina
Watch MC of the event, Enzo Guarino cook up some of his signature dishes.
4:45 | La Cantine
Well-known French chef Jonathon Trouillet will be stepping up to dazzle your taste buds.
LLL wishes to thank ILVE for supplying kitchen equipment, Rylestone Olive Oils, and Claudio’s Seafood for supporting the event.
Local Businesses and Clubs
Aside from the array of culinary talent, several local businesses have jumped at the opportunity to be involved in the Leichhardt Long Lunch. One such is the Mulapa Aboriginal Art Gallery, located in Lilyfield. Owner Judi Muller sources her art ethically from the Central and Western Desert.
The gallery will be manning a small stall at the lunch where you can peruse a selection of their collection, an essential stop for purveyors of Aboriginal art. Smaller works will be sold for as little as $45, while larger paintings are discounted as much as fifty per cent. The Gallery even encourages you to take the artworks home and view them in their intended room before you commit to a purchase.
Inner Westies all over are getting ready to get in on the action. The Italian Made Social Motoring Club are rocking up with 30 of their vintage Fiat 500’s, and even the NSW Alfa Romeo Owners Club are making a day of it. So if you’re a rev head, you definitely have something to look forward to.
11-11:45am | Dominique
Opening the entertainment roster for the day is Dominique, an inimitable artist from the Central Coast region. Dominique’s eclectic tastes in music, acoustic guitar and powerhouse vocals have resulted in a highly original concoction of modern funk and blues vibes. Currently on her first national tour after the release of her EP ‘Sunshine & Sweet Wine’, Dominique’s vocal experience has spanned blues, pop, jazz, reggae and funk. Her influences are vast and varied, and the result is as pleasant as it is refreshing.
12-12:45pm | The Blues Preachers
The Blues Preachers will take you back to an era somewhere between 1920 and 1940 with a fusion of good old blues, rags, gospel and hillbilly folk. A throwback to a more romantic time, The Blues Preachers are one of the few groups still performing genuine pre-war blues. The powerful simplicity of driving finger-style and slide-guitar combined with the sounds of tasteful harmonica and old-school vocal harmonies create a traditional untarnished sound that will have you on the edge of your seat. The critical acclaim which has greeted both their live performances and recorded work is a testament to their ability to revive a time now forgotten.
1-1:45pm | ALAS KA
ALAS KA is the new exciting project founded by Zana Rose and Jenna Murphy. Originating as a harmonic duo, the pair have now evolved into an ambient indie rock project. True veterans of Sydney’s live music scene, both women have also taught performance and composition. Don’t miss out on the chance to see these extraordinary women perform live. For the Leichhardt Long Lunch they will be stripping their new sound back to a more acoustic form, crafting an intimate and dynamic performance.
2-2:45pm | Narelle Evans & The Jetbacks
The star of “The Rockabilly Women Show” Narelle Evans has built a following for her act championing some rare, lesser-known tunes from the women of early rock ‘n’ roll. Now Evans has joined forces with The Jetbacks to bring you a purely rockabilly set. The Culture Concept Circle lauded their vocals, critic Carolyn McDowall claiming, “Narelle Evans had superb strength, a richness of tone not often encountered but once heard can never be forgotten.”
3-4pm | The Green Mohair Suits
The Green Mohair Suits always entertain with their fun and innovative take on country, folk and bluegrass music. Consisting of expressive songwriters Brian Campeau, Richie Cuthbert, Jason Mannell and Ben Romalis, the group takes their four-part harmonising seriously. Their inspired musicianship has seen them compile a collection of quality original tunes that are a mix of heartbreak, humour and humility, a perfect tone on which to finish the day.