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Mercato continues Italian tradition with passata-making events

Family, celebration and the joys of Italy come together in February as Mercato continues an Italian tradition and hosts its annual passata days.

Family, celebration and the joys of Italy come together in February as Mercato continues an Italian tradition and hosts its annual passata days.

Held in summer when tomatoes are at their peak, passata days are at the core of Italian culture.

Each year, family and friends gather to chop, boil and bottle the season’s best tomatoes for use throughout the year.

Imma and Mario Caporaso, parents of Mercato’s Managing Director John and founders of the original Imma and Mario’s Deli, will share their knowledge and family secrets to create bona fide passata-making experts in Adelaide as they go through the process step-by-step.

Imma loves that their traditions continue to be passed down. “I want to teach the next generation so that our traditions continue when we can’t do it anymore. We have learnt different methods along the way, and we love passing on these tips and tricks,” she said.

“For most families it is a day we spend together – once production is over, we sit for lunch together and enjoy the sauce we have produced. This is something we love to continue.”

Mercato uses Roma tomatoes (of course!) supplied by local producer, Vorrasi Family Farms, and makes between 11,000 and 12,000 bottles of passata each year, across 4-5 weeks. These bottles are sold in Mercato’s Campbelltown store.

About 200 bottles are made with members of the public on each passata day.

Two passata days will be held at Mercato on February 13 and 14. After learning the process and bottling their own passata to take home, each guest will enjoy a three-course authentic Italian feast with matching Italian wines.

Tickets are available at mercato.com.au or by contacting the team at [email protected] Tickets are strictly limited to ensure COVID-19 requirements are met.

For more information visit mercato.com.au.

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