The inaugural Gold Coast International Food, Wine and Music Festival is back ready to satisfy appetites all around from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 April 2014.
There are various feasting opportunities and masterclasses on the menu to suit even the fussiest foodies. In addition, the Festival Village located at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort will have all sorts of goings-on for the whole family. You can be sure to find many events that tickle your fancy.
The following pages outline most of the main events of the Festival, which I'm sure will be enough to whet your appetite. But you should head to the Gold Coast International Food, Wine and Music Festival website for further details. Tickets for events do sell out fast so make sure you get yourself organised early.
When you purchase a general admission ticket, you will have full access to the Festival Village located at the Mercure Gold Coast Resort. You can walk among the beautiful grounds savouring gastronomic delights paired with a thirst-quenching beverage. Excellent live music showcasing local and international artists will fill the air creating a relaxing yet exciting atmosphere. The trick to buying general admission tickets is that the earlier you buy them, the more you save. So book now and you get more cash to spend at the Festival.
Want to become a wine connoisseur? Wine experts JJ Peyre and Duane Roy are holding the Old World vs. New World Wine Masterclass at Sofitel Broadbeach. Indulge your palate with wines of contrasting styles and fully appreciate the beauty of wine.
If you love cooking then register for Getting Amongst It Masterclass with Dennis Duncanson available on Saturday and Sunday. He will teach you how to cook some of his signature dishes and let you in on some cooking technique secrets. Tastings and premium wine are provided of course!
Join Alastair at All That Glitters is Gold and watch as he creates a meal using some of the best produce from the Coast. You can make it on a work night, for a dinner party or for someone special. The best part is that it's trouble free and quick enough to make.
If you've ever wanted to learn about Greek food then now is your chance. Matt Golinski's Greek Culinary Mythbusters will teach you an array of techniques of Greek cuisine. Learn to work with bugs, debone a spatchcock, use saffron, make Greek style potatoes, grill eggplants to perfection, and make galaktoboureko. Tastings are included and you also receive a glass of premium wine in this exclusive workshop.
Kick start your weekend with a delicious five-course degustation dinner at the multi award-winning Salt grill restaurant for Luke Mangan Wine Dinner. Celebrity chef Luke Mangan will be preparing a culinary blowout featuring the best ingredients accompanied by matching wines.
Overdue for a girls' day out? Then Extravaganza High Tea is perfect! Spoil yourself with the most indulgent high tea combining traditional and extraordinary food artistry. Brought to you exclusively for the Festival, this high tea is like no other. C'est Magnifique!
The Festival Gala Dinner provides foodies with the ultimate experience with a feast of flavours. Upon arrival, pre-dinner canapés and drinks will be served followed by a delicious five-course degustation dinner. Expect a French fare with an Australian twist paired accompanied by a selection of premium French wines prepared by Sofitel chefs. Guaranteed to be magnifique!
Watch as chefs battle it out in the kitchen for Accor's Chefs Cook Off. It promises to be an amazing experience and the best part is that you get to taste that mouth-watering dish. As this is the only cook off, you must snag your tickets early to avoid missing out.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this is why it should be a memorable experience. Festival Beach Breakfast gives you just that. Soak in the sun, breathe in the fresh morning air and listen to live music as you enjoy a gourmet breakfast in the Festival's beach marquee at Surfers Paradise.
And finish your day at Festival Beach Soiree located at the Surfers Paradise beach marquee with a cocktail in hand. Enjoy some live entertainment, gorge on fantastic food, sip on a thirst-quenching drink and don't miss out on the fireworks.