Where else can you tour the very best food and wine regions of Australia with just your taste buds and tasting glass in 3 days in Sydney? At the much anticipated Good Food & Wine Show (GF&WS), you can sample some of the best the country has to offer, all in one location at the Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park.
To get the culinary professional insider scoop on the event, I enlisted the help of Milan-born friend and chef, Luca Ciano who has been participating since 2008 in cooking demonstrations for Barilla and BBC Good Food Magazine at the GF&WS.
Luca feels it is great that food and wine are able to bring people together in one place although some are there for food, some for wine and others are just there to have a good time. Whether you're a repeat visitor or new to the event, here are 8 reasons why we think you'll want to spend your last weekend of June 2014 at the Good Food & Wine Show.
1. From Anything to Everything to do with Food & Wine
There are lots of stuff to see, taste, smell, touch and hear at GF&WS. It presents a cornucopia of delicious food and wine samples for you to discover including dedicated coffee sniffing, cheese sampling and beer and wine tasting.
The menu of masterclasses will thrill amateur cooks and foodies. And what's a good food and wine show without top chefs and producers interacting with visitors. We say this is just the grated parmesan on top of the Risotto alla Milanese.
Sydney's pastry genius, famed for making incredible and delicious desserts will be starring in his own cooking class at GF&WS. Adriano Zumbo's 2 hour Zumbaron's Masterclass priced at $99 and presented by Kenwood, is all about making macaroons with the man himself. Talk about a deliciously sweet way to start your day at GF&WS.
The Barossa is synonymous with the most famous wine region in Australia for good reasons. Wine-writer and Barossa local David Brookes will share with you the reasons why through a series of interactive masterclasses. Participants will also go into the draw to win 'The Ultimate Barossa Getaway For Two' valued at $2,500.
While the Good Food Theatre and Lifestyle Food Chef's Table has your favourite chefs in action like George Calombaris, Darren Robertson and Matt Stone, the Laucke Creative Kitchen can help you get dinner on the table. You will learn to use what you've seen around GF&WS and transform them into delectable dishes.
Luca: I will be showing visitors a great time with pasta at the Barilla Masterclass. It starts with my cooking demonstration where I'll share some pasta facts and methods. Everyone participating in the class will then replicate the dish, working in teams of 2. We finish with enjoying the fruit of our labour and walking away with a Barilla gift bag each. I'll be running the class 6 times per day and take 60 people each time.
Each of Luca's class runs for 45 minutes and pre-booking is available at $5 per person. Visitors queuing at the stand entrance are permitted entry on space availability and first-come-first-served basis only.
Not all Sydneysiders may know their Colombian from Ethiopian single origins. Instead of just sipping the dark brew, GF&WS has assembled experts to share the art of coffee appreciation and help you understand single origins and blends, and the unique flavour of coffee from particular regions. Nespresso is brewing up an exciting hands-on activity for visitors to enjoy their coffee in the morning, afternoon and evening.
Melbourne's growing fascination with food trucks has resulted in their gathering at the GF&WS. To level the playing field, some of the Sydney's iconic food trucks will also occupy the Grazing Garden, surrounded by tables and chairs. You'll be able to take a breather and grab a quick meal to recharge before taking on more stalls, food and wine.
Riedel shows that they know how to satisfy the sophisticated Sydney wine palate at GF&WS. With some of world's best wines being made in Australia, it makes perfect sense to enjoy some of the country's favourite types of wine. Wine writer Nick Ryan will take you through 30 minutes of wine appreciation and introduce you to 6 types of wine. 6 wine appreciation classes are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, with 5 on Sunday.