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Luxury Dining in McLaren Vale

Luxury dining experiences in McLaren Vale are set to challenge convention with the opening of the d’Arenberg Cube scheduled for late 2017. Offering sensory experiences designed to entice and stimulate the senses, the appointment of head chef, Brendan Wessels, is the first of many exciting announcements about this highly anticipated restaurant. Assisting with research, development and implementation of the culinary experience is Lindsay Dürr.

After many years training in a Michelin starred kitchen, travelling and learning about global gastronomy, and more recently working at The Lake House and Leonards Mill, South African husband-and-wife team Brendan and Lindsay are working together to create a unique dining adventure.  d'Arenberg Cube

“The restaurant will serve exceptional dishes that engage the imagination of our guests, amusing and delighting them,” Brendan said. “It’s not just about the food, it’s about the individual experience for each customer.”

The man behind the d’Arenberg Cube is fourth generation family member and current Chief Winemaker, Chester Osborn. “The restaurant is going to be very unique,” he said. “Every aspect has been carefully considered to create an environment that stimulates the senses, with a playful element. There are dining chairs that explode with colour, tables crafted from old oak barrels, and eclectic pieces of art I’ve collected over the years.”


The Aroma Festival Rocks Sydney

The Rocks Aroma Festival brings together the very best in brewers, baristas and boutique roasters from around Australia for one magical day of caffeinated delight on Sunday 24 July, 2016.

Tantalise the taste buds with more than 60 coffee and gourmet food stallholders, food trucks, latte art competitions and demonstrations, pop-up bars, performers and amazing coffee inspired specials.

Brewing industry leaders are showcasing some incredible offerings at Aroma. Melbourne brand St Ali are popping up with their Sydney outlet, Sensory Lab, to deliver a fuss free speciality coffee experience that focuses on the minimalist magic behind the perfect brew. Rocks Aroma Festival

The Rocks Aroma Festival is about celebrating coffee from every corner of the globe. Malgudi Days bring their South Indian style filter coffee made with stretched milk to the festival.  Djebena Coffees will be brewing coffee the traditional Ethiopian way, in a clay pot called a ‘djebena’.

If hot drinks aren’t your cup of tea, the Aroma Brew Bar is a pop-up bar with a difference. For one day only, the bar is serving up Mr Black artisan cold press coffee liqueur cocktails. Along with a coffee infused beer, poured especially for Aroma by the team at Endeavour Vintage Beer Co.

There’s a whole host of activities planned for when you’re not savouring a warm drop. Breville’s Latte Art Smackdown is back and sees professional baristas battle each other in a knockout competition for who can pour the prettiest cup. Those who feel they’ve got what it takes can also join in – an amateur Latte Art competition. One lucky pouring punter taking home a Breville Oracle coffee machine. People who are new to Latte art, can visit the Breville Marquee for some tips.


After the excitement of watching Australia’s best battle it out for coffee glory, wind down over a latte and relax at the smoothfm Picnic Area. The soothing sounds of classic songs will mix with the scents of roasted beans and be carried on the air through the cobblestoned laneways of The Rocks.

The festival also offers an impressive array of workshops in the two weeks leading up to the big day. Curated by the Australian Speciality Coffee Association, coffee connoisseurs can unleash their inner barista and learn tips from industry experts on key flavour profiles, how to brew great coffee at home and impress with Latte art designs.

The Rocks is one of the most envied heritage destinations in the world. The Rocks’ unique heritage is preserved and celebrated in large scale and intimate quality events, outdoor markets, and educational tours. The Rocks is a perfect blend of culture, cuisine and a myriad of experiences worth savouring. The Rocks attracts over 14 million visitors each year as an extraordinary place in Sydney that the world talks about.

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Taste of Sydney 2016

An unmatchable celebration of Sydney’s eclectic dining scene, Taste of Sydney gives visitors the chance to experience Sydney’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants all in one stunning location. Its all coming back to the beautiful surrounds of Centennial Park.  Be sure to keep the 10th – 13th of March 2016 free for Sydney’s ultimate garden party.

Taste of Sydney


Create your dream tasting menu from a choice of over 60 bite sized dishes, take part in one of the many new interactive masterclasses, shop from boutique artisan producers, or simply soak up the festival atmosphere while enjoying live entertainment in the alfresco setting.

This is a unique collaboration of Sydney’s finest. From eateries, highly regarded restaurants, inspired by some of Sydney finest chefs, and producers. It makes Taste of Sydney’s the must attend event on Sydney’s foodie calendar.

Early bird tickets are now available from Ticketek.


MAD SYD – An Appetite for Knowledge

Some of the world’s most exciting chefs and culinary thinkers will meet at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday 3 April for the inaugural MAD SYD, a day of talks and ideas exploring the future of food.


Kylie Kwong & Rene Redzepi (Image supplied)

Confirmed speakers include noma’s René Redzepi, Momofuku’s David Chang, Osteria Francescana’s Massimo Bottura, Billy Kwong’s Kylie Kwong, Zimbabwean farmer and food activist Chido Govera, and Australian social researcher Rebecca Huntley, with more to be announced.
Founded by René Redzepi, MAD (the Danish word for food) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to build a community of cooks, purveyors, thinkers and food enthusiasts with an appetite for knowledge and a desire to create a better world through a better meal.

The annual MAD Symposium – described by the Wall Street Journal as “the food world’s G20” and “the Davos of food” – has been held in Copenhagen since 2011, providing a global industry forum to discuss and share ideas.

“Back when we started MAD in 2011, we found ourselves on a field, in heavy rain, in a tiny circus tent that ultimately collapsed during lunch” says René Redzepi, founder of MAD. “MAD has been on an incredible journey since then, but the culmination of our long relationship with Sydney and Australia taking place in one of the world’s most iconic spaces is the greatest privilege. We cannot wait to share this day with everyone – friends and family, old and new.”

Ann Mossop, Head of Talks and Ideas at the Sydney Opera House, says: “Over the last two years, Sydney Opera House Talks & Ideas has had the pleasure of welcoming international chefs and food pioneers from Alice Waters and Yotam Ottolenghi, to Jamie Oliver launching his “Food Revolution” with a live cooking extravaganza. We are thrilled to partner with the renowned René Redzepi to see the next phase of MAD begin in Australia.”

New Events For Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Thanks to overwhelming ticket sales, a selection of tasty new events have been added to this year’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape making it the largest and most diverse program in the Festival’s history.

Gourmet Escape - Feast in The Forest (image supplied)

Gourmet Escape – Feast in The Forest (image supplied)

Plenty of new events have been added to the festival calendar with highlights including Joost Bakker and chef Matt Stone (Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley) who will reunite for a waste-free dinner, bringing Melbourne’s sustainable Brothl back to life for one night only; pop up restaurant, Fervor will debut for a truly unique and unforgettable dinner in the Boranup Forest; and a long lunch amongst the wine barrels at Devil’s Lair prepared by Lamont’s with matched wines. For those looking for a luxurious long lunch, No. 23 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants List, Vladimir Mukhin (White Rabbit, Moscow) and George Cooper from Food by the Chef have been given exclusive access to one of the South West’s most prestigious private gardens, Margaret River’s Secret Garden, and will create an amazing lunch for guests.

New faces to the festival include Jo Barrett (Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley) and Heath Townsend (Wise Vineyard Restaurant) who will join Chris Salans (Mozaic, Bali) and Matt Stone (Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley) at the Wise Wine Restaurant for a collaborative Farm, Forage, Graze long lunch celebrating local foraged ingredients matched to wines from the Wise vineyard.

Packed with events, wine tastings, masterclasses, Q&As, cooking demonstrations in the Miele Chef’s Theatre and conversations with international and renowned culinary legends, the buzzing Gourmet Village located in the grounds of Leeuwin Estate will be the center of the action, taking over the region throughout Margaret River Gourmet Escape.

There are still limited tickets available to other exciting events including An Audience With Marco Pierre White presented by Miele at Voyager Estate, Battle of the Breweries at The Common at Margaret’s Beach Resort, Brunch with the Best at Voyager Estate and An International Cabernet Celebration at Cape Mentelle with international chef, David Thompson.

The line-up of new events will go on sale Tuesday 15th September at 2pm AWST. To see the full program, visit For more information on holidaying in Western Australia, visit

Rockstar Chef To Headline Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Margaret River Gourmet Escape 2015 is set to be bigger than ever before, with the announcement of international headline chef, the ‘Godfather of modern cooking’, Marco Pierre White. Marco will take part in the three-day culinary extravaganza, with a full program of events hosted by over 40 of the world’s leading food and wine personalities and showcasing the best of WA and the Margaret River Wine region. Tickets go on sale at midday on Tuesday 28th July (AWST). The 2015 Margaret River gourmet Escape will be held 20 –22 November 2015.

Marco-Pierre White

Marco-Pierre White (supplied)

Marco has built an empire of London restaurants and was the youngest chef to win three Michelin stars and this year celebrates the 25th anniversary of his cookbook, White Heat, “the coolest cookbook ever written”. Known for his fiery nature, the famed British chef, author and restaurateur will engage with Margaret River Gourmet Escape’s audience and showcase quintessential produce and wine from the South West.

One of the most anticipated events across the three-day Margaret River Gourmet Escape will see Marco host a Q&A over dinner at the exquisite Vasse Felix winery with his alumni Jock Zonfrillo, Richard Turner and Patrick Spencer.  These great chefs will re- create signature dishes that the then young chefs had to produce under Michelin starred pressure from the kitchens of Marco Pierre White’s eponymous restaurants.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Margaret River Gourmet Escape (supplied)

From all corners of the world, an incredible and unique coming together of global talent, six of whom are from the *S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best list will join Marco on the Margaret River stage to inspire and excite guests through a mutual respect of biodiversity and sustainability making their trip to a region rich in these practices.

To see the full program of events, visit
Tickets available through Ticketek from 28th July (AWST)