Gallery: La Dolce Vita festival

IT all started with an antipasto plate for breakfast.

Then they grazed and sipped their way through the King Valley.

They had a morning tea of oysters at Dal Zotto, went wild at Pizzini with white bait and calamari, gnocchi with pork ragout and profiteroles.

At Politini, they indulged in a dessert platter and when they arrived back in Wangarratta, there was a glass of white wine at Watermarc.

Wangaratta’s Bonnie McIntosh and Yarrawonga’s Tracie Holgate made sure they had the full experience when they joined the busloads of visitors making the pilgrimage to the King Valley for the wine region’s annual La Dolce Vita food and wine festival on Saturday and yesterday.

They lined their stomachs with delicious local produce while enjoying a Prosecco or two on Saturday.

Ms Holgate said a highlight was the fun and games at Pizzini.

“They had quite the fanfare. There was a gnocchi rolling competition and wine spitting,” she said.

LA DOLCE VITA: Tracie Holgate, of Yarrawonga, and Bonnie McIntosh, of Wangaratta. GALLERY: Click or flick across for more pictures.

LA DOLCE VITA: Tracie Holgate, of Yarrawonga, and Bonnie McIntosh, of Wangaratta. GALLERY: Click or flick across for more pictures.

LA DOLCE VITA: Marlene Mills, Helen Attridge and Doreen Holmes, all of Wangaratta, look at the cermaic work by local artist Connie Lichti at the art exhibition. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

LA DOLCE VITA: Marlene Mills, Helen Attridge and Doreen Holmes, all of Wangaratta, look at the cermaic work by local artist Connie Lichti at the art exhibition. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

LA DOLCE VITA: Charlotte Bongers, 4, of Wangaratta, has a go at bocce while her parents Michelle and Marc Bongers watch on. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

LA DOLCE VITA: Charlotte Bongers, 4, of Wangaratta, has a go at bocce while her parents Michelle and Marc Bongers watch on. PICTURE: Matthew Smithwick.

“The only remorse that we had is that we didn’t get to Ciccone — we heard last night that is a really great winery, too.”

“Next year we’ll do it.”

LA DOLCE VITA: Sandy Baldwin, of North Croydon, looks at Jenny's Homemade Pickles and Jams, made locally in Cheshunt, at La Cantina during the festival.

LA DOLCE VITA: Sandy Baldwin, of North Croydon, looks at Jenny's Homemade Pickles and Jams, made locally in Cheshunt, at La Cantina during the festival.

LA DOLCE VITA: Jeanine and Allan Post, of Wagga Wagga, were enjoying their honeymoon in the King Valley sampling the local food and wine.

LA DOLCE VITA: Jeanine and Allan Post, of Wagga Wagga, were enjoying their honeymoon in the King Valley sampling the local food and wine.

LA DOLCE VITA: Nonnna Josie Politini cooked up a traditional Italian storm at Politini Wines, and was joined by Adam Pizzini, of Rinaldo's Casa Cucina, who made his seafood specialties for the hungry crowd.

LA DOLCE VITA: Nonnna Josie Politini cooked up a traditional Italian storm at Politini Wines, and was joined by Adam Pizzini, of Rinaldo's Casa Cucina, who made his seafood specialties for the hungry crowd.