There's a well-known theory that anything you haven't cooked yourself always tastes superior to at-home efforts and next Sunday you can test this theory out via all the mouth-watering continental dishes at Sydney's annual Italian Food and Wine Festival. 

On offer is a gourmet Italian food market stacked with best-in-show cheese, fresh Italian pastries, authentic homemade pasta, perfectly presented pizza, melt-in-your-mouth gelato and signature dishes from Sydney's best Italian eateries, think: Salt Meats Cheese, Berkelo Bakery, Buon Ricordo, Aperitivo, Pasta Gallery and Rivareno Gelato. As well as wine tastings lead by top Sydney sommeliers, Tim Watkins (Automata, Monopole, Pilu) and Luke Collard (Jonah's, Ormeggio, Pilu), or you can just go rogue and try out the 240 wines without the tour guide.

Plus, for the true hardcore Italian food lover (so basically, everyone) you can learn how to up your at-home game with cooking demonstrations from some of Sydney's most talented and experienced Italian chefs like Giovanni Pilu from Pilu at Freshwater and Buon Ricordo's beloved Armando Percuoco. Sunday 21 is now looking all kinds of delicious and free of washing up. Win/win.

The Italian Food and Wine Festival runs from 11am-9pm Sunday 21 August at Sydney Town Hall. Details and tickets from italianwinefoodfestival.com

Buon Appetito! Sydney’s Italian Food and Wine Festival is nearly here