Created in 2013 by award-winning sommelier and passionate italophile Lara Caraturo, the Italian Wine + Food Festival celebrates and promotes Italian wine and food culture in Australia. We are an events company obsessed with all things wine and food, and especially all things Italian. We create events that are memorable, engaging and informative, with real artisans, quality wineries, renowned chefs and personalities, allowing guests to discover industry icons as well as rising stars, and deepen their love for authentic Italian wine and food. We love collaborating with like-minded people and working with the best, our programs and workshops are all curated in house. Capturing the spirit of Italy’s rich gastronomic culture and the diversity of its many regions, we give guests a rare opportunity to explore Italian wines region by region, taste food, coffee and beer, plus feast on authentic Italian pizza, pasta and snacks. With a background in fine dining, wine and events, our experience and marketing capability are incomparable. We communicate with trade and food and wine lovers in Sydney, Melbourne and beyond, bringing together a community motivated by their love for all things Italian.
We’re thrilled to announce that in 2018 we’re joining forces with the amazing team from REVEL who have created and run an amazing portfolio of wine and food events, including Game of Rhones, Pinot Palooza, Oinofilia, Mould plus many more. They’ll be running event management, production and social media for both events, ensuring a seamless experience for all exhibitors and partners in the planning and execution of the event.
Founder / Director
Ex-Sommelier, Italophile and gin drinker. Lara founded the festival in 2013 after a long career working in restaurants, most recently spending 8 years at Pilu at Freshwater creating a multi award winning Italian wine list. She makes a mean lasagne, loves hotel lobbies and watching The Sopranos. She draws the line at deep pan pizza.
Media / Partnerships
Resident yogi, honorary Italian, and VJ extraordinaire from a previous life. Mary's career has spanned television, radio, writing, producing and she can be relied on to have snacks on demand. She's a gun shopper, loves timelines, and thinks a good Bloody Mary cures all .. oh and she doesn't trust anyone who doesn't drink wine.
Katie is a self-proclaimed food nerd, she brings a great deal of experience from Carriageworks in 2017, TEDx Sydney 2016, plus 15 years of collaborating with incredible food and beverage people. She first made pasta at the age of 10, loves an espresso and believes you’re never full unless you’re flavour-full.