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Festival of cooking, eating, drinking
Cooking demonstrations from accomplished chefs, more than 100 WA wines to sample, craft beer, local food and great live music will make for a fabulous day out at the Albany Food & Wine Festival presented by Mt Barker Chicken.
Leading chefs will be sharing their knowledge at cooking demonstrations.
Dozens of stalls will pack out the Albany Agricultural Society Exhibition Pavilion for the second year as part of food and wine festival Taste Great Southern, which will be entering its final weekend.
The Harvey Norman Cooking Stage will feature entertaining and knowledgeable chefs Evan Hayter from Arimia Estate in Margaret River, Jordan Bruno from television cooking show My Kitchen Rules and Trenton Brennan, from Albany's award-winning Ocean and Paddock.
Each of the three chefs will share insights into their cooking styles and tasters of what they cook with the crowd at the end of their demonstrations.
Former My Kitchen Rules contestant Jordan Bruno will be sharing his cooking skills.
The cooking sessions are included as part of the entry fee to the festival.
Evan Hayter is known for his approach to fresh produce and at Aramia's farm in Margaret River focuses on an expansive, hands-on regenerative program considering all aspects of growing and rearing as much of the food as possible that makes its way to the restaurant table.
Aramia rears its own pigs, marron, and trout as well as growing most of the vegetables on the menu and taking a sustainable, no waste approach to food.
Margaret River's Aramia head chef Evan Hayter.
Jordan Bruno rose to fame on the Channel 7 cooking program My Kitchen Rules with his Mum, Anna, serving up traditional Maltese and Italian cuisine which helped them to third place in the series.
Jordan's major focus these days is on Roogenic, which promotes native ingredients, mainly through teas, and a range of 19 spices, which he says are helping to promote Australian food culture.
Trenton Brennan, who along with his wife Rebecca, owns Albany's Ocean and Paddock, has worked as a fine-dining chef in Adelaide, Tokyo, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Maldives, Orpheos and Daydream Islands, as well as Perth.
Ocean and Paddock was voted the WA Fisheries Industry Council Awards best fish and chips for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Foni Pollitt will be sharing her wine knowledge in three separate sessions.
Wine lovers will be able to sample award-winning wines with more than 100 wines available from WA wineries and buy a glass of wine to match tapas supplied by local food stallholders. Bottles of wine will be available for sale on the day.
For those wanting to delve deeper into their wine, award-winning sommelier, restaurateur, and certified wine educator Foni Pollitt will be holding three wine sessions Regal Riesling at 12.30pm, El Naturale at 1.45pm and Que Syrah Syrah at 3pm.
Each class, which costs $10 is available for pre-purchase only, and includes tastings as Foni shares her understanding of the Great Southern wines she'll be featuring. Foni, with husband Chris, is behind top Perth restaurant Mayfair Lane Pub and Dining Room.
More than 100 wines will be on show at the Albany Wine and Food Festival.
Melbourne-born, Foni travelled to Italy and then the UK, where she spent 15 years as a sommelier for some of the world's top restaurants before moving to Montreal in Canada, where her Greek wine list earned her Wine Spectators 'Award of Excellence'.
Foni and Chris launched Mayfair Lane in West Perth in 2016, serving up classic pub fare with an exceptional wine list.
At the 2019, World of Fine Wine Awards in London, Mayfair Lane was awarded the 'Jury Prize' against 94 venues from around the world, with only 18 from Australia, and only Mayfair Lane from Perth. In 2018, Foni was awarded the WA Good Food Guide 'Sommelier of the Year'.
Award winning Kris Nelson will be performing at the Albany Food and Wine Festival.
For those who want to make a day of it, The Lake House Denmark Lounge is a VIP, exclusive retreat with Lake House Denmark wine, Wilson Brewing Company beer and tasty food from Marian's Catering included in the ticket price.
Tickets to The Lake House Denmark Lounge are $110 pre-purchase only and include festival entry, a premium Plumm glass, complimentary Lake House Denmark wine and Wilson beer from the private bar and food by Marian's Catering in the afternoon.
Throughout the day, live music from local artists Kris Nelson and Michael Day will keep the crowds entertained. Great Southern singer-songwriter Kris Nelson has a host of awards to his name for music that is described as a blend of folk lyrics and indie energy.
Singer songwriter Michael Day will be bringing his alternative folk style of music to the festival.
He has been working professionally for more than 15 years and has toured Canada and the United States, as well as the length and breadth of WA and the eastern States. He has won two prestigious WAM Song of The Year awards and has been support for Australian musicians including Josh Pyke, Kav Temperley, Alex Lloyd, Karnivool, John Butler and The Rubens.
Kris's debut album is due for release shortly and two tracks have received nominations from WAM.
Michael Day, Perth Hills born singer-songwriter is an alternative/folk artist with a background in classical guitar who creates rich technical folk pieces.
Where:Albany Agricultural Society Exhibition Pavilion, 88 Cockburn Road, Albany, Western Australia
Cost:General pre-purchase, $20; general at the gate, $25; The Lake House Denmark Lounge Ticket, pre-purchase only, $110; Wine Session Ticket, pre-purchase only $10 (does not include entry to the festival). Children under 18, free with a guardian.