La Dolce Italia – giveaway!

Disclaimer: La Dolce Italia are giving me some free tickets to attend the festival.

I must admit, I was a little surprised when I got an email from La Dolce Italia festival. I mean I love Italian food, and I studied Italian for about 8 years throughout primary and secondary school – Dario e sempre in ritardo – but I wouldn’t have thought my blog was particularly Italiano. Maybe it’s because my ex is Italian, or my old housemate comes from Tuscany, or because I ride a Vespa. They certainly do their homework!

In any case, I’m pretty happy that they found me, because upon looking at program, I’m pretty excited about it. It’s billed as the ‘first and only authentic Italian lifestyle event’ in Australia. I don’t know what that means exactly, but I’m guessing it’s more about the food, fashion and fabulousness than a skyrocketing unemployment rate and floundering national economy.

At La Dolce Italia, there’s going to be a bunch of masterclasses about truffles, pastry, wine and well, more wine; there will also be an Italian fashion show or two, and for those of you bringing your mothers, there’s a decoupage exhibit. Oh, and even better, they’ve got a ‘bambini world’, so the kids can be sequestered in an orderly fashion (though organisers have asked me to add that their parents will still have to supervise them – it’s not a boozing creche) while adults eat, drink, and generally sample la vita bella.

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The Festival will be on at the Royal Exhibition Centre – one of my favourite venue spaces in Melbourne – on the weekend of August 10 – 12. In previous years, the festival has happened across various separate venues around Melbourne, but the organisers have pulled it all together to make things more convenient for punters. Che buono!

So anyway, you know you want to go, if only to sample the pizza and ogle the pretty Italian girls and guys. Let’s get to the giveaway bit.

In order to win yourself a double pass to La Dolce Italia, you’ll need to:

1. Like the Half-Eaten facebook page (if you haven’t already).

2. Tell me why you want to win the tickets, in a comment below, or on the facebook timeline.

There are 10 double passes up for grabs! Entries close at 5pm, Friday 3 August.

Oh, and if you don’t win, you can buy tickets and go in the draw to win a trip to Italy.

Apri la finestra e scappiamo a citta!




25 Replies to “La Dolce Italia – giveaway!”

  1. I love Italian cuisine and culture. Having live next to the famous Lygon Street for over 30 years, I wouldn’t want to miss La Dolce Italia!

  2. I’d love to win these tickets so I can treat my wife to some gorgeous Italian fare & fashion while the bambini are safely sequestered out of earshot! Sounds like a dream come true!

    1. A little taste of Italy before I head off to Italy the week after! And did I say truffles? 😀

  3. I would love the tickets as we have went to Italy last year and have been dying to get back for our honeymoon. This would be a great until we can organise it.

  4. To thrill my senses and excite my Italian husband. It’ll be like a little taste of home for him.

  5. To thrill my palate and give my eyes a long over due work out!!! Nothing sexier on this earth than Italian men, bring it on I say, now now now!!!

  6. When I was in Italy I forgot to throw my coin in the Trevi Fountain, so I need to redeem myself and eat lots of Italian food!

  7. To get inspired with what wonderful Italy has to offer. Love to get my little bambinos to experience the sights & sounds of Italy without actually going to Italy.

  8. I would SO love to win tickets…am under its spell. Italy is so diverse in its Culture, Art, coutless beautiful towns where you feel like you’ve gone back in time & history, ancient ruins and stunning achitecture, majestic mountains and volcanoes, the beautiful areas like Tuscany and beachside towns so colourful, and the people that are so friendly and welcoming. I picture myself throwing a coin into the Trevi fountain and sitting on the Spanish Steps …. Wishing.

  9. My children are driving me batty,
    I’m totally stressed to the max,
    An outing is just what I need,
    To sit, eat, drink and relax!

  10. I’ve never ‘Half Eaten’ an Italian meal in my whole life
    I polish off the entire bowl, no wonder my diet is in strife
    My pants are too tight and my blouse too
    Tortellini, Gnocchi, Pizza ai quattro formaggi are just such yummy foods!

  11. My boyfriend is Italian and loves to rub it in, pizza wine and pasta galore so much it’s a sin! I’d love to go experience this love of food and life, so one day I understand and can be the world’s best wife!

  12. Help!!! I desperately need guidance in understanding and appreciating all things Italian. My knowledge is poor and underexposed and I’d love to wallow in the rich diverse culture that makes Italy the envy of the gourmet and fashion world

  13. I am a big fan of Italian cooking, and would like to get to know new ingredients and recipes. Any samples of both food and wine are much appreciated.

  14. I love to learn more of my heritage and experiencing it first hand would be amazing, Bellissimo.

  15. I am married to an Italian, who has never been to Italy. I have experienced the wonderful and culture twice. I would love to show my hubby what he is missing out on!

  16. I think ‘La Dolce Italia’ will be a fantastic exhibition to attend. Both my parents were born in Italy so I love good Italian food & wine and fashion. This first ever Exhibition is going to be fantastic

  17. La Dolce Italia is a must visit, anything Italian draws me in, Vespa’s, men, pasta, canoli, coffee, fashion, leather, language, Im excited!

  18. Love being an Italian Aussie, love celebrating with food and cant wait for the festival !!

  19. I would love to win these ticket’s to give my parent’s a break and relax. It would realy be a pleasure to give these tickets to my parent’s.

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