FOR more than a decade the family wineries of the King Valley have opened their doors to the public in spring to offer a taste of the sweet life.
And even though well over 3000 people are expected to visit the region this weekend with warm weather forecast, organisers are determined the event will never lose its family-oriented focus.
“The La Dolce Vita festival is literally about local families opening their kitchens and cooking up a feast for visitors,” said event manager Elizabeth Ellis.
“Whether it’s Josie Politini making her homemade sweet treats like cannoli and crostoli, or the Corsini family sharing their traditional family recipes at La Cantina, it really is a family affair.”
The event has also extended its range of activities for children, including BlueEarth adventures at Brown Brothers, a jumping castle and clown at Dal Zotto’s, and kite making, a giant sandpit and an “edible art” session for creative kids at Pizzini Wines.
“Pizzini’s is one of the most visited wineries, but there is plenty of room to just sit, relax and eat while the kids play on the green grass, and you will always see Fred (Pizzini) and other members of the family wandering around,” said Ms Ellis.