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Pinot Palooza Rocks Back to a City Near You

Pinot Palooza, brought to you by the same folks as legendary wine festival Game of Rhones, is back for 2015 and going national. Pinot Palooza will return to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in October after sell-out events in 2014, as well as hitting Perth and Adelaide for the first time in August, featuring Australia and New Zealand’s hottest wine producers.

Touring Australia nationally in 2015, Pinot Palooza is a food, music and wine experience not to miss, featuring the best Pinot Noir from some of the top producers in the Southern Hemisphere. In total there will be 150 of the world’s best, ranging from light, ethereal and graceful, all the way through to the ‘take no prisoners’, in your face, mouthful of flavour wines that this pernicious variety can achieve.

Pinot Noir producers in the Palooza line-up include Australia and New Zealand’s renowned wineries – Ata Rangi, Bay of Fires, Shaw + Smith, Yabby Lake, Kooyong, Mt Difficulty, Giant Steps, Two Paddocks and Pegasus Bay to name just a few. On the day, attendees will be able to vote for their favourite Pinot Noir on roving iPads, putting them into the draw to win some awesome wine-centric prizes.

A new addition for the 2015 tour is the VIP Ticket which includes general admission, sommelier roadie tour (a tour by one of the cities finest somms sampling the finest Pinot’s on show), Burgundy bar tasting and a food voucher for $95, saving $35. These are limited and are sure to fly!

The ‘Back Stage Pass’ is back – a limited pass for those who want to take their pinot obsession to the next level. Pinot lovers will get to know the ins and outs, the who’s who and how of all things Pinot Noir.

The Burgundy Bar is also back with an even bigger range of wines on offer. With the vast majority of these wines retailing for over $150, this is a rare opportunity to try some of the best wines in the world at cost. The best sommeliers in each individual city will be on hand to take Burgundy fans through these exceptional wines.

Tickets are now on sale and include a take-home Riedel ‘Heart to Heart’ Pinot Noir glass (valued at $30), as well as access to all the wines on tasting – no pesky tokens! Early Bird tickets are on sale until end of July, saving $10.

Details for the 2015 Pinot Palooza series. $60, includes take-home Riedel ‘Heart to Heart’ Pinot Noir glass:

Perth:
Saturday 1st August, 1pm till 6pm
Whipper Snipper Distillery
139 Kensington Street, East Perth

Adelaide:
Saturday 8th August, 1pm till 6pm
Published Arthouse
11 Cannon Street, Adelaide

Sydney:
Monday 5th October (public holiday), 1pm till 6pm
Carriage Works, Blacksmith’s Workshop
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Melbourne:
Saturday 10th October, 1pm till 6pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Bay 3 & 4
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf

Brisbane:
Sunday 11th October, 1pm till 6pm
Light Space
30 Light Street, Fortitude Valley

Tickets available at www.pinotpalooza.com.au

Celebrate truffle season in Manjimup (WA)

The Margaret River Region’s neighbouring area of Manjimup, renowned as part of the Southern Forests “food bowl”, is home to some of the world’s best truffles.

Manjumup Truffles

Manjumup Truffles

Visitors to the Margaret River Region can self-drive on a day trip to the Manjimup region, or take a fully inclusive day tour to Oak Valley Truffle Farm in Manjimup followed by a decadent truffle-themed lunch at Watershed Premium Wines in Margaret River.

And don’t miss the Truffle Kerfuffle to celebrate truffle season, from 26 – 28 June 2015.  Book yourself a masterclasses with a sensational lineup of chefs, head off on a truffle hunt or simply sit back and enjoy the atmosphere of the marketplace with food, wine, and beer.

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International Paella Contest in Sydney

Visitors who come to Manly in Sydney can enjoy a unique food festival on Saturday 30 May. The Oceania’s second international paella contest will experience a vibrant and memorable gastronomic journey to Spain.

Paella

Paella – (image from Flavours of Spain)

Flavours of Spain – the Australian-based catering company that provides delicious, authentic Spanish paella to different events in Australia, will host the 2nd International Spanish Paella Championships in May 2015. The competition takes place on 30 May as part and opening event for food and wine festival A Taste of Manly. The contest invites the best Australian and international chefs to cook and fight for the title of Best Paella in Oceania. The top three winners in Manly will be recognized as the best paella chefs in Oceania and then go on to compete in another internationally renowned paella festival in Spain, for the chance to be recognised worldwide as the world’s leading paella chef.

The judges are Miguel Cuevas – Paella Ambassador to Australia
Dane Richards Director, Le Bon Vivant Food Blog
Emile Gomez, Director – Nomad Distribution
Milo Elder – Food Critic for SydneySocial101

For more information contact www.flavoursofspain.com.au

Kangaroo Island FEASTival 2015

Planning for the 2015 Kangaroo Island FEASTival is well underway in South Australia.

Take time out and encounter the natural bounty of earth and sea at our 8-day Kangaroo Island FEASTival. Celebrate the rich history, spirit and character of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island through a degustation of authentic dining events unique to the island.

Kangaroo Island Ligurian Honey

KI Ligurian Honey (image supplied)

This year’s Kangaroo Island FEASTival has a fantastic line up of over 20 events and staged over 7 days to give visitors more options and flexibility to see our island. Our sell-out SALife Table Surfing events have tripled, and this year we are very lucky to have Stephanie Alexander as our host chef for 2015.

Jump on board, and join a new wave of private dining adventures exclusive to FEASTival where visitors get a rare opportunity to join local island producers, farmers or home cooks in their own homes or farm for a home-cooked meal.
Book early as events book out fast due to small numbers. Heres but a selection of what is available.

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BELINDA
Join Jolley’s Boathouse founder Belinda Hannaford for a journey through the culinary and cultural influences that inspired her life and career. From 1800 fare to the present day, this creative, high energy luncheon represents the places, food, and people that came to play.

A GOURMET GARDEN FEAST
Join the dynamic mother/daughter trio of Lindy, Cherikee and Natalie for a culinary adventure derived straight from their thriving garden at Frogs & Roses Garden Centre. Featuring heirloom herbs and vegetables and a considered selection of Kangaroo Island produce, this event allows guests to share a meal with a family whose food philosophy represents the KI way of life.

DESTINATION FLAVOUR PRESENTS…‘THE BARE AND THE BUSH’
Sample the best produce Kangaroo Island has to offer, including sensational South Rock Lamb, in Kate and Andy’s rammed earth family home, situated on the oldest working farm in South Australia. Enjoy the isolation of being on a cliff top overlooking pristine, secluded, bare beaches, spectacular coastline and vibrant bushland.

A SETTLERS SUPPER
Step back in time and immerse yourself in a bygone era. A Settlers Supper will take guests on an intimate memorable dining experience at one of the oldest buildings in Penneshaw – Seaview Lodge KI, a Seafarers boarding house built in 1860. Enjoy delicious canapés in the stunning court yard of Seaview lodge before entering the amazing period homestead for a rustic dining experience, featuring a menu reminiscent of its history.

For more details on Kangaroo Island FEASTival see here.

 

Top 5 things to do at The Barossa Vintage Festival

The Barossa Vintage Festival is a celebration of the rich heritage and gastronomic pleasures of this renowned region in South Australia. Running from 15 to 19 April, The Barossa Vintage Festival is Australia’s largest and longest running tourism festival showcasing 95 events over 5 days. From grand feasts to market bazaars, long table lunches and even gastronomic golf! There’s a little something for everyone.

Here are our Top 5 things to do during the Barossa Vintage Festival;

The Feast Set in an authentic vintage show hall of long feasting tables, old world charm and intimate conversation. Wine makers will drink with you, roving players will beguile you, and a 7 piece swing band with dancers will keep you serenaded as you eat your way through a grand feast buffet. The Feast will give you a real taste of celebration – Barossa style.

Sunday Spanish Breakfast A Spanish breakfast fiesta awaits you on the lawns of Yelland & Papps’ cellar door. Tuck into a bountiful spread by Elli Beer whilst enjoying a glass or two of vino. Then take a swing at the piñata and be captivated by a roving Spanish band and bubble blower. This is the perfect start to your vintage Sunday morning.

The Scarecrow Trail Pack a lunch, grab your bicycle and follow the famous Scarecrow trail through the spectacular scenery of the Barossa. The Scarecrows, each with their own unique identity, will guide you from winery to winery on one of the most memorable cycling routes you’re ever likely to take.

Wine Bluffs – A Comedy Wine Tasting! Comedians Damian Callinan & Paul Calleja will walk you through an enthralling cellar door experience with a comedic twist. With a combined 30 years in the comedy industry and even longer in the cellar, they know their wines and have the punch lines to match!Ferment pump over

Full Moon Farm Gate A traditional market hosted in a picture perfect setting at Langmeil Winery. Wander through the beautiful stone buildings and stables filled with vendors offering local and homemade produce. With live music from local musos, it’s a true celebration of all the reasons to love being in the Barossa!

For more information about the Barossa Vintage Festival visit barossavintagefestival.com.au.

Taste of Sydney – Tastemakers Confirmed

Taste of Sydney, in partnership with Electrolux has confirmed its initial line-up of Sydney’s best restaurants, guaranteeing its place as THE festival for the foodie’s foodie. Gastronomes can buy tickets now to descend on Centennial Park in Sydney from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 March, 2015. There will be over 50 dishes from 12 of Sydney’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants.

Taste of Sydney

Think big. They’re 10 of the best restaurants of Sydney that prove the hardest to get into, and continually receive praise – but Taste has them lined up and ready to go. Between them they have a huge 12 Chef Hats. Big names like MoVida, Bentley, Biota Dining, Otto Ristorante and Four in Hand all confirmed and are currently working on dishes exclusive to Taste of Sydney! More of Sydney’s top restaurants will be announced shortly – but we’ll let you get your breath back first.

New in 2015 is the restaurant we’ve all queued to get a table for: MoVida. It might have been in Melbourne first, but Sydney can’t get enough of Chef Frank Camorra’s tapas. And he’s performed the unthinkable – his traditional Spanish tapas was awarded one hat in 2015. Now everyone can try Camorra’s Cecina!

They redefined high-end degustation when they broke into the scene in 2006, and have consistently been awarded two hats ever since for their first brain-child, Bentley Restaurant and Bar. Now Sydney restaurant power duo, Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Chef of the Year Brent Savage and Gourmet Traveller Sommelier of the Year Nick Hildebrandt have opened Bentley’s more casual offerings: Monopole and Yellow.  Each will be serving up delicious delicacies at Taste of Sydney.Taste of Sydney

Relax in Centennial Park and experience the best of Sydney’s dining, indulge in Taste of Sydney’s impressive collection of award winning, highly regarded restaurants, inspired by some of Sydney finest chefs, all in the one place.  Bring a friend, bring the family, take a master class, enjoy the live music; Taste Sydney.

For more information check our Taste of Sydney.