Where else can you tour the very best food and wine regions of Australia with just your taste buds and tasting glass over 3 days in Perth? 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 Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.
To get the culinary professional insider scoop on the event, I enlisted the help of Maggie Beer, who was honoured as Senior Australian of the Year in 2010 and best known for taking Australian food to the world. Maggie was absent for the GF&WS in Melbourne and Sydney but I know she'll be drawing the crowd in Perth. She's also teaming up with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) for a night of food and music theatrics on 18 July in Perth.
Photo courtesy of Maggie Beer
Maggie shared that teaming up with GF&WS is about being a part of the ultimate day out for food fanatics and wine connoisseurs with hundreds of the country's finest food producers, wineries and chefs coming together for one delicious weekend. It also a personal foodie indulgence for Maggie too in addition to her live demonstration in the Good Food Theatre. Whether you're a repeat visitor or new to the event, here are some reasons why we think you'll want to spend your weekend of July 2014 at the Good Food & Wine Show.
From Anything to Everything to do with Food & Wine
There is plenty to see, taste, smell, touch and hear at GF&WS. The Show offer a paddle of delicious food and wine samples for you to discover including dedicated coffee sniffing, cheese sampling and beer and wine tasting. Maggie is particularly excited to take a wander through artisan lane for a local take on the food scene and discover some artisan producers she may not have met yet. 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. Maggie and I say this is just the verjuice to her Panna Cotta and Saffron Roasted Pears.
Mention The Barossa and many people will start thinking of the most famous wine region in Australia, and for valid 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. There are plenty of tastings and conversations to be had with the enthusiastic winemakers so make sure you drop by and sip hello.
The Good Food Theatre is where your favorite chefs and restaurateurs will cook a 3-course menu live on stage. Household names like George Calombaris, Miguel Maestre and Antonio Carluccio will walk you through the steps and provide tips on getting the dish right. A crowd favourite, Maggie will be presenting 2 sessions on 11 July at 10.45am and 3.15pm. She will be cooking foods that are most beneficial for brain health and discussing the importance of 'a good food life for all'.
Luca will be showing visitors a great time with pasta at the Barilla Masterclass. It starts with a cooking demonstration followed by participants working in teams of 2 to replicate the dish. Then finish off by enjoying the fruit of your labour and walking away with a Barilla gift bag each. Each class takes 60 people and runs for 45 minutes.
Not all Perth-siders 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.
The pastry genius, famed for making incredible and delicious desserts from Sydney 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.
Riedel shows that they know how to satisfy the sophisticated Perth 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.
Boffins Celebrity Chef Book Signings
Boffins will offering food and beverage books for sale and signing by a host of celebrity chefs. Don't forget to get yours signed by Maggie, George, Matt and Antonio.
While the Good Food Theatre and Lifestyle Food Chef's Table has your favourite chefs in action like Matt Stone, Alastair McLeod and Matt Moran, 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.
Melbourne's growing fascination with food trucks has resulted in their gathering at the GF&WS. To level the playing field, some of the Perth'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.
Another new feature unique to GF&WS is Foxtel Lifestyle Channel's Paddock to Plate, presented by celebrity chef Matt Moran. This well know Australian chef and restauranteur will discuss his favourite food and wine regions, share with you his hand-picked Victorian producers and show footage of his visits to Australian farms.