Australians know how to celebrate around food and wine, particularly as we are blessed with some of the finest produce in the world. Throughout the year, there are food and wine events held in cities and towns across Australia — some are more low key than others, but all capture the spirit of indulgence in good things food and wine. In fact, there are so many events that it's almost impossible to list them individually here, so I am showcasing a few for your information. We have events such as Tasting Australia in Adelaide, for instance. There's also the New South Wales food and wine festival held across NSW and the ACT. In Western Australia, Perth hosts the Good Food and Wine Show. The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival is a highlight of the Queensland calendar. Food and wine enthusiasts look forward to the annual Taste of Tasmania. And the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is just one of close to 100 or more events held in Victoria. In Canberra, there's a Truffle Festival, the Summerside Festival; the Fireside Festival; and Wine, Roses and all that Jazz festival, among others. There's an Oyster Festival, a Potato Festival, Orange FOOD week, and even a Seafood FEASTival on Kangaroo Island. For more information, visit the Tourism Australia web site. There's also a potato festival, a festival of the sausage, and a tomato festival. Delicious!
The dates for the 2014 Orange F.O.O.D Week have been announced with the annual food and wine festival running from Friday, 4 April through to Sunday, 13 April 2014. Now in its 23rd year, Orange F.O.O.D Week will once again bring together the best of the Orange region, with producers, growers, winemakers and chefs combining to provide guests and visitors an intimate and engaging experience of the region. Orange F.O.O.D Week brings to the fore the people that produce the food that reaches our tables. From farming families to innovative food entrepreneurs, visitors can meet the people and learn what it takes to produce the region’s food, or simply relax and let the food and wine come to them. Interested visitors can register online to receive the program upon its release.
Old Parliament House (OPH) was re-launched last week and I heard someone mention during the evening that she’s become a ‘swish old thing’ (she always was, in my eyes!). Now home to the Museum of Australian Democracy, this iconic building has been spruced up by Restaurant Associates, the new operators of the House.
Savour Tasmania’s mission is to promote the flavour, diversity and purity of Tasmanian produce. Now in its fifth year, the event has placed Tasmania firmly on the map of gourmet destinations around the world. Events include Pop up Pork Star featuring acclaimed Sydney chef Colin Fassnidge and Gourmet Farmer Matt Evans; and the avour Tasmania Long Table Dinner. There will also be a range of other events, including the Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend and master classes for the state’s chefs and apprentices. The event takes place 29 May through to 2 June. For information about tickets, visit the web site.
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 turned on the sunshine long enough to provide a warm welcome to celebrity landscape designer, Jamie Durie, who flew in for afternoon tea at Floriade’s Lindeman’s Open Garden last weekend. A qualified horticulturalist and award-winning landscape designer, Durie also works with Treasury Wine Estates in the US, promoting Australian Wines.