A carnival atmosphere will be created to entertain lovers of Italian lifestyle. Visitors will be able to enjoy food, vino, prosecco, Italian craft beer and a live band playing Italian and other music each afternoon. A highlight of the festival offering will be the sunset Opera concert on Saturday evening performed by the best young voices at the UCT Opera School. The Opera ticket also includes an Italian style aperitivo.
Day tickets for either the Saturday and Sunday session (10h00 - 18h00) can be purchased online at www.webtickets.co.za for R150 per adult and R50 for kids aged 4 - 12. A separate ticket is required to attend the Opera performance although a combination Saturday day session and opera ticket is available.
Sunday is family day and is likely to see the Italian community out in full force.
The Cape Alfa Romeo Club will be bringing more than 30 vintage Alfa Spiders to the event. Vespa are also planning a Club scooter ride out to Idiom on the Sunday.
A large selection of Italian foods such as pastas, pizzas, Italian sausage and polenta will be on offer. Some of Cape Town’s Italian restaurants will also be participating with taste size portions of their signature dishes. Select from typical regional Italian dishes at the many food stalls as well as delicacies such as artisan breads, handmade pastas, ice-creams, pastries and other delicacies. Bring your shopping basket to fill up on salumi, prosciutti and formaggi (Italian charcuterie and cheeses) from the new deli point and other specialist vendors. Learn about the art of mozzarella making and what makes Italian coffee special.
The day ticket includes entry to the festival, an event program, a bottle of San Pellegrino or Acqua Panna water and access to the wine and Prosecco tasting areas where guests can work their way through Vinotria’s selection of imported Italian wines that will be open for tasting and buying. Compare these wines to Idiom’s locally grown Italian grape varieties such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Primitivo and Pinot Grigio. A dedicated Prosecco and Aperol Spritz area will also be created for lovers of Italian bubbles. Another highlight will be the series of Italian wine masterclasses that will be conducted over the 2 days for wine lovers that want to learn a bit more about the unique wines from different parts of Italy. (Limited space)
Book here on Webtickets.
Participating brands include: illy | Fiat | S.Pellegrino | Alfa Romeo | Cremalat | Vespa | Vinotria | Italia
Explore the wine regions and unique grape varieties of Italy during the Italian Festival @ Idiom. Wines on show are all made by some of Italy’s top producers. Three masterclasses will be held per day. Please note that seating at each Masterclass is limited and a Wine Masterclass ticket is required in addition to the daily entry pass in order to attend the guided tasting.
Saturday | ITALIAN WINE MASTERCLASSES
WINE MASTER CLASS 1: FRIULI WHITES: (12h00 - 13h00)
25 Feb 2017 12:00 | R100
Explore Pinot Grigio, Ribolla Gialla, Friulano & Sauvignon from iconic producers of Friuli Livio Felluga, La Tunella & Colutta.
WINE MASTERCLASS 2: ADRIATIC COAST: (14h00 - 15h00)
25 Feb 2017 14:00 | R100
Verdicchio and Pecorino wines from Marche Producer Velenosi and Fazi Battaglia followed by Trebbiano and Montepulciano Abruzzo from benchmark producer Masciarelli
WINE MASTERCLASS 3: BRUNELLO & SUPER TUSCAN (16h00 - 17h00) ***Highlight of the day
25 Feb 2017 16:00 | R200
A privileged tasting of the aristocratic Frescobaldi family’s two iconic Montalcino & Bolgheri properties, Luce della Vite & Ornellaia.
Sunday | ITALIAN WINE MASTER CLASSES
WINE MASTERCLASS 1: VOLCANIC WINES (12h00 – 13h00)
26 Feb 2017 12h00 | R100
Discover the unique grape varieties grown on the volcanic slopes of Mount Vesuvius In Campania & Mount Etna in Sicilly. Falanghina & Greco di Tufo from Feudi di S.Gregorio and Donnachiara wineries & Nerello Mascalese from Tasca D’Almerita.
UN WINE MASTERCLASS 2: VALPOLICELLA (14h00 - 15h00)
26 Feb 2017 14h00 | R100
History, expertise and passion. Explore the excellent, award winning wines made by Amarone family Zenato as you are taken on a journey through the Verona and Lake Garda wine producing areas tasting Bardolino, Vapolicella, Ripasso and Amarone wines.
WINE MASTERCLASS 3: PIEMONTE: (16h00 - 17h00)
26 Feb 2017 16h00 | R200
Understand the differences between Barbera from Asti and Alba and Nebbiolo from Barolo and Barbaresco. Try iconic wines from producers Vietti, Enrico Serafino, Braida and Coppo. Finish with a Moscato d’Asti.
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Saturday | OPERA UNDER THE STARS
The Saturday evening will host Opera under the Stars. Enjoy an evening of Classical and Romantic Italian repertoire for this Grand Italian Opera set in the Outdoors and under the skies – opera arias, duets and ensembles many of which we are performing for the first time including “Casta Diva” and /La Bohème” by some of the Cape’s finest young voices. An evening of Verdi, Puccini, Bellini and Donizetti. We will round off the evening with the highly popular Brindisi “toast” number from La Traviata and “The Prayer” and “Nella Fantasia” Andrea Bocelli numbers to add a contemporary twist.
Enjoy an evening of Classical and Romantic Italian Opera performed by the Cape’s finest young voices from the UCT Opera School. Ticket includes aperitivo and glass of prosecco/wine. Please bring jersey/jacket as concert will be under the stars. Performance starts at 18h30. Book Online.