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Albany's best food and wine in a family-friendly fun day out
The Albany Wine & Food Festival was acclaimed as a huge success last year and in April it makes its return as part of Taste Great Southern with even more features.
To be held on Saturday, April 6 from 11.30am to 5.30pm, this year's festival has several new elements including a VIP Lounge, two cooking schools with acclaimed Perth chef, Sophie Budd and two wine seminars with Alex Johnson from Plantagenet Wine.
There will also be a Mystery Box Challenge with former MasterChef winner Adam Liaw, up against Liberte restaurant chef Amy Hamilton and chef Geoff Richardson from BG's Kitchen at Quality Apartments Banksia Gardens Albany.
Celebrity chefs will share their award-winning secrets as well as compete against each other.
A host of stalls at Eyre Park at Middleton Beach in Albany will feature award-winning wines, craft beer, cider, spirits, great food and local produce, activities for the kids and there will be live music throughout the day.
Perth chef, Sophie Budd will be offering two, all-inclusive cooking schools on the day with everything provided including equipment, ingredients, recipes to take home and a delicious meal to enjoy afterwards.
Each 45 minute session includes entry to the festival and a wine glass in the $75 ticket price which are only available pre-purchase.
For the noon class Sophie will demonstrate cooking Mt Barker chicken and Over the Moon Brie Tortellini, toasted macadamia and samphire butter sauce and in the 2.30pm session will cook sourdough crumbed whiting, homemade tartare sauce and twice cooked Delaware chips.
Well respected in the wine industry for his knowledge and professionalism, Alex Johnson, will present two wine seminars, at 1.30pm and 4pm, with each session including tasting and discussion of four Great Southern wines.
Pre-purchase tickets are $10 each and do not include entry and pre-purchase only.
The Albany Wine & Food Festival features the very best local wines, craft beer and cider.
At 12.30pm, there will be competitive fun with cooking demonstrations in a Mystery Box Challenge as celebrity TV chef Adam Liaw goes up against hatted Restaurant Liberte chef, Amy Hamilton and rising star Geoff Richardson from the BG's Kitchen at Quality Apartments Banksia Gardens Albany.
As they race against the clock each of the chefs will explain their recipe and techniques, providing some tasters at the completion of the competition. The event is free to attend.
Music throughout the day will come from two popular local indie artists playing from 11.30am to 5.30pm.
Albany's picturesque Eyre Park, by the water at Middleton Beach, is the ideal venue at which to enjoy the region's best food, wine, beer and cider while enjoying great live music.