Community Fun Food Carnevale


February 11, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson

Seafood-marinara-Adelaide-carnevale“What is the Adelaide Community Fun Food Carnevale all about?”, I
E-X-C-I-T-E-D-L-Y “hear” you say?

I WISH each and every one of you was with me at the Adelaide Showground for this year’s Community Fun Food Carnevale!

For now, you can sit back and relax and experience Community Fun Food Carnevale through my child-like view of “wonderment and surprise!”

This was my first time experiencing Carnevale Adelaide and I S-Q-U-E-A-L-E-D with delight!

Carnevale Adelaide began in 1976; a VERY memorable year for Princess Svetlana of Lucky “Peeking” Peking Pork fame and me!

When Princess Svetlana and I were little, experiencing Little Italy festivals, celebrations and foods in New York City with our dads was always special and memorable.

While, experiencing the sights, the sounds, the smells (of mouth-watering foods), I was transformed into that S-Q-U-E-A-L-I-N-G child of five; okay maybe ten; perhaps twelve.

I guess I need no excuse, as I still S-Q-U-E-A-L with excitement about foods to this day; ask my friends, they’ll tell you it’s true!

The festival is a fun way of embracing the Italian heritage and culture and “becoming Italian for the day!”

In addition to celebrating “the Italian way”, the Adelaide Community Fun Food Carnevale is a fundraising event; the funds contributing to “cater for welfare needs of the elderly in the community through the Co-ordinating Italian Committee (CIC).”

What I also enjoyed was Carnevale Adelaide “supports other charities and local community organizations.”

It was GREAT seeing the younger generations (not that I am oh so old YET!) embracing their Italian heritage, and the multi generations sharing free smiles, “catering foods or showcasing their regions” through their South Australian Italo-Australian clubs and associations.

The “sense of community” definitely shined through on the day!

I hope you have an appetite and let’s get on our way!

I think I would make a great tour guide, talk show host, or roving reporter at events such as this!

My name is Joanne aka Joanna aka mickeydownunder aka FANG and I have been know to have a natter. (Aussie lingo for a chat)

Without being a sticky beak, (Aussie lingo for curious; okay, it can “loosely” be translated for being nosy, but in a good way! ) I LOVE listening to people’s stories.

Thank you to the lovely family who didn’t think I was a nutter (Aussie lingo for someone who is crazy) when I walked up to them, asked some questions as to why they came on the day to which they replied that the Adelaide Community Fun Food #Carnevale is “a fun family day out” where they get to experience foods they would not normally eat!

I know they enjoyed their pizzas too made with love from the Campagnia Sport & Social Club.
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Thank you to Rosemary from the Society of St. Hilarion and her “very warm and welcoming” smiling volunteers on the day who invited me for a “behind the scenes” tour and brief history of their delicious zeppole; both plain and anchovie.

Zeppoles were (and still are) the ABSOLUTE favorites of Princess Svetlana and me!

The lovely ladies and blokes (Aussie lingo for men) shared their zeppole making PASSION with all!
Italian-zeppole-carnevale-whatsonthelist Adelaide-carnevale-zeppole-whatsonthelist Zeppole-canevale-Adelaide-whatsonthelist Zeppole-Adelaide-carnevale-whatsonthelist I can’t wait until Princess Svetlana reads today’s post and I can already “hear” her S-Q-U-E-A-L-S ALL the way from New York!

My eyes widened with delight when I saw some large Mastazzoli (honey cookies) “peeking” out at me!
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There was something for “children of all ages” on the day!

And THEN…..there was the Sfogliatelle (a clam shaped Italian “crispy” pastry consisting of hundreds of layers with ricotta and semolina) with two types of cannoli and PORCHETTA (a moist boneless pork roast made in the Italian tradition) by the Campbelltown Rotary Club!!!!!!!

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Princess Svetlana and I have have a VERY memorable story about cannoli while visiting Boston in the U.S., but that will have to wait for another day!

Are you all starting to think I have a “thing” about “being Italian” and enjoying Italian desserts too?
Porchetta-Italian-pork.whatsonthelist                       Photo Courtesy of Bryan Schell Campbelltown Rotary Club

While I “restrained” my S-Q-U-E-A-L, inside I was doing the Italian Happy Dance while enjoying the porchetta too; I am known as mickeydownunder in the food world!

Italian-pork-whatsonthelistI LOVED the crackling which I don’t normally eat!

Thank you to the ladies of the Campbelltown Rotary Club for explaining more about Lupini beans (a nutritious snack eaten on holidays) and how to peel and enjoy them too!
Lupini-beans-healthy-whatsonthelistI always enjoy learning something new!

Thank you also for pre-warning me on how they LOVE to play “pop out of their skins and fly” too!


I was there and am STILL E-X-C-I-T-E-D sharing the fun-filled food adventures of Adelaide Community Fun Food Carnevale.

In order to do this Adelaide Community Fun Food Carnevale justice, I am going to break up the experience into two blog posts as there was lots more to take in, experience and do!

Look forward to Community Fun Food Carnevale Part II which highlights the EXTRAORDINARY race and sports cars that appealed to car enthusiasts of all ages!

I guess you may not know that I LOVE experiencing viewing race cars and have driven a NASCAR race car or two in my day!

Here’s a snippet to tantalize your “car taste buds” too!

HOW exciting was this replica of the highly successful Scuderia Ferrari F2004 race car courtesy of Bridgestone and the National Motor Museum?
You should have HEARD the B-U-Z-Z of excitement around it and was GREATLY admired and photographed by all “who like to live in the fast lane.”

Other snippets included the “always enjoyable and entertaining” Michael Angelakis and Michael Keelan, hosts of the popular TV show Out of the Blue cooking demo using San Remo “Simply Better” pasta.
Michael-and-Michael-cooking-demoWithout giving everything away, “someone whose nickname is FANG” participated in the San Remo “Ready Steady Mangia” Pasta Eating Competition!
Joanne-eating-pasta-carnevale-Adelaide-whatsonthelistLook forward to that “someone whose nickname is FANG” S-Q-E-A-L-I-N-G more in my next blog post on What’s On The List!

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What is YOUR favorite Italian dish?

What’s YOU favorite Italian dessert?

All comments brighten my day!

I do hope you FEEL like you have experienced Adelaide Community Fun Food Carnevale today!



13 thoughts on “Community Fun Food Carnevale

  1. Went there last year and absolutely loved the food. I am hungry now 😛

  2. Thanks Kim for always brightening my day and inspiring me!

  3. Love your enthusiasm, Joanne! How wonderful that you were surrounded by the smells and sights of NY pizza again. It does look yummy! As do the cannolis =) Looking forward to the Boston story =)

  4. Yum, yum and yum. What a fun event you are experiencing. So much good food but my weakness is cannoli!

  5. Tammy says:

    Hi Joanne! OMG what a fabulous time you must have had. Being my mom and her family is Italian, I recognize all that wonderful, delicious food! I too LOVE zeppoles!! The local pizzeria where I live serves up fresh zeppoles with their pizza…it is always such a treat when we go ^_^ All that food looks delicious…I wish I had been there.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting on my cupcakes.


  6. peacefulnightdove says:

    That looks like so much fun!!!!! Did you make it to the bottom of that bowl of pasta?!! 😀 What a blast you had!! 😀 (

  7. What a delicious post full of good food Joanne! I love community events! And it was fun taking the tour with you 🙂

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