Canberra Region truffle growers, chefs, restaurants and foodies are set for a big year of truffles with the 2013 Canberra & Capital Region Truffle Festival, which takes place from 21 June 2013 (until the truffles run out!).
'This magical, wintry time of year brings with it the Canberra region’s highly prized quality French Black Truffles and marks the start of truffle season in one of Australia’s key truffle growing areas,' Festival Director and self-confessed truffle groupie, Fred Harden says.
The festival will include activities such as the popular truffle hunts, master classes and cooking demonstrations led by esteemed chefs, truffle inspired menus and tasting sessions at some of the region’s best venues and educational truffle growing experiences.
I had the pleasure of participating in a truffle hunt and truffle lunch and would do it again in a heartbeat!
For more information the Truffle Festival
web site for a full list of events and participating venues. There is also plenty of information about Truffles, for those truffle aficionados.
Foraging for truffles. Image courtesy Truffle Festival.
Celebrating everything good about summer in the Canberra region, the Summerside Festival from 1-28 February is packed with dining events celebrating local and seasonal produce, opportunities to taste the region's fantastic wines as well as a range of events and exhibitions.
Enjoy summer in the Capital with a lazy long lunch, twilight cinema, an afternoon of live music, master class or champagne and wine tasting or make a weekend of it at one of our B&Bs. Delicious! For more information, visit the web site
Mark your diary for the National Multicultural Festival 2013 which takes place in Canberra from 8-10 February. This year's event during the Centenary of Canberra promises a delicious kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, sights, flavours and fun. For more information, watch this space, or visit the Festival's web site. Don't miss it!
Lunchtimes are looking deliciously good again, with the enticement of warm, sunny days and Canberra's annual Floriade festival held in Commonwealth Park in Canberra, just a short walk away from my office.
Style and Design is the theme for this year's Floriade, which marks the 25th anniversary of the event. 'With a packed entertainment program, and of course more than one million beautiful blooms, Floriade 2012 is shaping up to be a spectacular event,' says Floriade Marketing and Communications Manager, Adelina La Vita. This year’s event has attracted a raft of celebrities and high profile experts such as Jamie Durie, Don Burke, Better Homes and Gardens’
Jason Hodges and Tara Dennis, The Block 2011
winners, Polly and Waz, Ready, Steady Cook’s
Janelle Bloom, MasterChef 2010
finalist Courtney Roulston, and fashion designers Wayne Cooper and Jayson Brunsdon.
One of my favourite attractions is the award winning LINDEMAN’S Open Garden Cellar Door, which offers visitors a culinary and gardening oasis. Join the cooking demonstrations with LINDEMAN’S ambassadors, celebrity chef Dominique Rizzo and gardening guru Meredith Kirton, and visit the 18-metre cellar door where you can taste the wide range of LINDEMAN’S Early Harvest and Sweet Seasons wines.
There’s also plenty of entertainment for children, including circus performances, storytelling, enthralling exhibitions and hand-on activities that will keep them entertained for hours.
Floriade takes place in Canberra from 15 September to 14 October and Nightfest from 26 to 30 September. For information about Nightfest
, and a full program of events see the respective web sites.
Canberra's Springtime celebration of flowers
Floriade vista 2011
Australia Fair vintage grand concert street organ is a regular feature at Floriade
Pretty in pink - a sea of colour
Lanterns on sale at one of the market stalls
Tulips in their glory
Daffodils en masse
Visit the award winning Lindemann's Cellar Door at Floriade and watch cooking demonstrations with Dominique Rizzo & Meredith Kirton
The village of Murrumbateman is home to a bunch of inspired people who make boutique and award-winning wines, food, artwork, chocolates and other things. This team is known as the Makers of Murrumbateman.
The Makers of Murrumbateman will showcase the best of what they have to offer during the Murrumbateman Moving Feast which will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September. There's wine, food and views – an exploration of the region and senses by roving degustation. For more information and a program of events, visit the web site
If you've been planning a weekend food and wine getaway, celebrate winter in the nation's capital with the Fireside Festival which runs from 1-31 August.
This year, the calendar is packed to the brim with winter-warming events that showcase local and seasonal produce and the best of the region's wines, as well as innovative and exciting performances and exhibitions highlighting local talent.Venues around the Canberra region are turning up the heat so that visitors can sip on exquisite cool climate wines, taste the delicacies from the region, meet local artists with a passion for their craft, or just relax and warm up in front of open fires in the company of good friends.
The Fireside Festival runs throughout August and is presented by The Poacher's Way. Book early so you don't miss out! See the website for more information about these hearthwarming events.
Photo courtesy Fireside Festival
The first #TwEATup organised by @VanityFare1 took place at The Red Lantern in Surry Hills
On a Saturday evening in January 2012, a group of like-minded Australian food enthusiasts who had 'met' on Twitter gathered at The Red Lantern
in Surry Hills in Sydney. The event was organised by food guru, Karen aka @VanityFare1
, and attendees included myself and Peter, well-known nutritionist, Catherine Saxelby, Ester @DairyGoodness, Mel @Miss Piggy Eats and her husband Dave ('The Boy'), and author, Joy Hopwood. Pierre Issa (@pepesaya) and Merna Taouk (Homemade Fine Foods) joined in later for dessert.
Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival 14-15 April
Cool climate wines will be celebrated during the Canberra District Wine Festival on 14-15 April. Taking place over 24 wineries, the two day event promises food, live music and a feast of harvest events.
'This is one of the two major annual events on our Canberra District Wineries calendar,' Canberra wines spokesperson and owner of Barton Estate, Julie Chitty explained. 'The festival offers visitors to the region two jam-packed days of wine themed activities, the chance to taste our local wines and meet many of our talented winemakers,' Julie added.
Experiences on offer include master winemaking classes and a harvest degustation lunch at Lark Hill
; a grape crushing competition, local art display and live music at Shaw Vineyard Estate
; a vertical tasting of Petit Verdot, live jazz and harvest platters at Barton Estate
; bottling your own wine and wine appreciation sessions at Dionysus Winery
; watching the fruit being processed, tasting fermenting wine from tanks and plunging the reds at Jeir Creek Wines
; market stalls, soulful music and Pétanque lessons at Shepherds Run Wines;
and tasting the rare 2011 Auslese Riesling at Clonakilla
'This year we also have the Festival Passport available. Visitors can grab their own passport at any of the participating wineries, get it stamped at three different wineries and go into the draw to win one of three cases of Canberra’s finest wines'. Count me in!!!
For more information about the Wine Harvest Festival and a detailed festival program, visit the web site
Celebrate the Festival with Pankhurst Wines. Enjoy some Rose and sparkling wines, sniff their beautiful roses, groove to jazz by local musicians and munch on lunch
Gourmet treats are in store for visitors to Lerida Estate (Images courtesy Three Sides)
Postcards from the National Multicultural Festival
The National Multicultural Festival
in Canberra has grown over the last several years, with more than 240,000 people attending the event in 2011. The Festival is a lively and colourful, multicultural indulgence in food, music, dance and culture that brings together people in the community from a range of ethnic backgrounds.
Peter and I wanted to avoid the huge crowds, so we arrived at around 11.00am, palates and purses ready to let the feasting begin! Here is a snapshot of our day out. We are already looking forward to next year!
Sándor Dániel from the the Gyongyosbokreta Hungarian Dance Group with our lángos!
Lángos - Hungarian fried bread topped with sour cream, garlic and cheese
Summerside Festival 1 - 29 February
Experience a balmy version of the Fireside Festival during the whole month of February and discover the best of the delicious food and wine in the Canberra region.
The Summerside Festival will showcase the best of summer in the region with summer wines, champagnes and cuisine, alfresco dining, outdoor experiences and a great line up of entertainment and special events at 20 venues throughout the area. Presented by the Poacher's Way
Image courtesy Visit Canberra