The public is being invited to sample Italian wine and food free of charge this week at the Island Shangri-La Hotel. Sixteen local companies which import authentic Italian food have been selected to set up stalls at the Sapore d'Italia showcase which will run from 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm at the hotel's Atrium Room on Friday. A variety of wines, cheese, pate and cold meats, as well as coffee and olive oil, will be on offer. The event is being organised by the Italian Trade Commission and the Consulate General of Italy as part of Italian National Day celebrations. 'It should be of interest to the local public who are becoming increasingly aware of, and willing to enjoy, the culinary and wine produce of our country,' Trade Commission spokesman Feana Hor said. 'It is also an opportunity for local importers to show their produce and increase their visibility.' Italian wine producers will be out in force later this month at VinExpo at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. One of the biggest tastings will feature wines from Tuscany, Piedmonte, Trentino, Abruzzo, Veneto and Sicily. It will be staged by local importer Claudia Capelvenere of Valdivia at the Furama Hotel on June 15 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.