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Top 5 Things to do @ Good Food & Wine Show 2012 - Sydney

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by Jane Kiloh (subscribe)
Hi, I'm a Sydney Mum of two on the Northern Beaches. Always looking for things to do with the boys, always busy, you know the drill!! We love getting out and about.... let me know what you think of my reviews......Jane
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It's on again folks - the Good Food Show, for all you foodies and whizzes in the kitchen, or those of you who like to try the fare of a more liquid variety! Whether you are a gourmet connoisseur, or don't know your gelatin from your aeroplane jelly there is something for everyone at the Good Food & Wine Show.

There are plenty of free tastings (after paying your entry fee) but there are some special events that you need to pre-plan and book in for. You will need to be quick if you want to book into some of the shows, masterclasses or private dinners - so check out my Top 5 Things to do at this year's Good Food & Wine Show:

1. First Stop - The Wine Exhibitors

You will be spoilt for choice if your poison is of the grape variety. Wines of the World Masterclasses presented by Dan Murphys, The Oxford Landing Estates Restaurant, GraysOnline Wine Bar and Riedel Glass Tasting Class are some of the stops you might want to add to your itinerary. Learn your pinot gris from your pinot noir, check out the perfect bubbles of the Champagne region in France, learn that the glass you drink your wine from might be affecting the way it tastes, and even how to win your cases of wine at auction from $9 per case (that could spell a whole heap of trouble).

2. Celebrity Chef Dinner

If you have more than $9 to spend, you can book in ahead for an intimate three course meal with a celebrity chef who will also stay and discuss the meal and answer questions. This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Manu Feildel or George Columbaris. It will set you back $195, but that includes entry to the show.

3. Take a Stroll Down Cheese Alley

Is cheese your weakness (like it is mine)? If so you might be stuck all day in Cheese Alley. Cheeses represented include Bruny Island Cheese, Tarago River Cheese, Yarra Valley Dairy and others. There are master classes and a whole lot of cheeses to sample, savour and enjoy here of all varieties - make sure you loosen your belt.

4. Skinnygirl Cocktails Beauty Bar

Having indulged in Cheese Alley, it might be time to visit the Skinny Girl Beauty Bar for a tempting cocktail a cool margarita or a white cranberry cosmo. Both cocktails are low calorie and with any purchase you are invited the the Pamper Zone for an express manicure or pedicure free! What could be better than that? Actually you might want to make this your last stop, your feet might need it by the end of the day!

5. Meet and Greet Celebrity Chefs

If you are the autograph collector, be the envy of your friends with signed copies of cookbooks by the superstar chefs. At the Show Book Store there are book signing sessions with Adriana Zumbo, Manu Feildel, Matt Moran, and George Columbaris. For signing times click here. I mean we can never have too many cookbooks, can we?

There is much more than this on offer though; hundreds of different stalls showcasing thousands of food, wine and food related products that will have you wanting for a bigger kitchen I would guess.

It might pay to plan your day out ahead of time to make sure you get around to all the stands and exhibits you really want to see, you can get all the details on the show here.

May I seriously suggest you had better make sure you have some comfy shoes, an empty tummy, a really big bag for all your goodies, and a taxi or friend to drive you home because after eating and drinking your way around The Good Food & Wine Show, you might not be in any state to drive. Behave yourself.

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Why? Try food and wine
When: 22 - 24 June 2012
Where: Darling Harbour
Cost: Varies
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