From the flavours of the Hawkesbury Farm to a hands on Lebanese cooking class, a Bush Tucker Tour and Lunch to a Beirut to Bangladesh food tour, the Festival is sure to make you take off for an international taste food discovery without leaving your doorstep.
For an authentic Aussie food discovery, you can head on a Bush Tucker Tour and Lunch which will lead you through a journey in the Royal Botanical Garden of Sydney, learning about the Aboriginal plant uses, artefacts and bush food tastes.
Flavours of the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail will give you an opportunity to get fresh vegetables directly from the soil. Cannot be fresher than this, can they? Also included, an endless selection of tempting native Gourmet products at one of its stopovers and Lunch at Ebenezer, a historic sandstone winery, followed by a wine tasting hosted by vigneron Peter Auld.
Artisan foods have a special place in your heart? Limited Table has an exclusive food adventure all mapped out for you. Come and join in to see what all the fuss is about. In groups of ten, you will be taken on a delicious food adventure by host Natascha Moy, (respected food media personality and fun radio presenter of FoodinFocus).
If you have not been lucky enough to enjoy the World Chef Showcase, how about another behind the scene experience with some of Sydney's top chefs at Sydney's famous Fish Market and Flemington Market? You will be treated with tastings, samples and invaluable tips as well as coffee and tea and an Italian-style breakfast.
Does your knowledge of Italian food limit only to pasta like mine? The Pick of the Crop Gourmet Tour or the Taste European Explorer is what you need (including me). Learn the fine art of coffee roasting from the green bean to the cup, expand your knowledge on Italian cheese, olive oil and breads. Taste samples from a Greek bakery and butcher, Belgium chocolates, fine wine and much more.
The Mid-North Coast Hinterland Gourmet experience by Bent on Food will provide you with an unforgettable overnight culinary adventure which will begin with breakfast at the Bent On Food cafe of Wingham before heading for a sustainable farm and a stopover at a winery and a brewery for tastings. For dinner, you will be treated with a 100 mile four course meal at Bent on Food café prepared by chef Greg Puglisi.The adventure will conclude with a three-hour cookery class by local chef Eric Robinson the next day.
Fun, flavour and fiesta, three words that can describe the atmosphere of the Taste Cuba to Caracas Tour which is sure to bring South America in your backyard.
For a more Asian style tour, you can head on for a walking tour across Cabramatta and discover Australia's Little Vietnam with two of Australia's famous food bloggers Jennifer of jenius.com.au and Betty of bettysbites.blogspot.com.
Instructor and the founder of Norma's Lebanese Foods, Norma Dakhoul will take you on another walking tour into the Lebanese hub of Granville where you can enjoy a whole day of Lebanese food; brunch, lunch and dessert and discover their eating techniques and cooking traditions.
Taste Beirut to Bangladesh will immerse you into the multicultural oasis of Lakemba. Discover an eating experience worth the One Thousand And One Nights including a trip to Little Bangladeshi.
A five hour food tour of Surry Hill is sure to bring out the fun from the food. The Cheeky Food Group will lead you into an extraordinary food experience which will conclude with a cooking class.
If plantain, dandelion, chickweed and sow-thistle are mysteries or nuisance to you, discover how they can enrich your diet, used as crafts and medicines with naturalist Diego Bonetto at the Richardsons Crescent of Tempe.
So, if you wish to impress your guests with your knowledge at your next dinner party, make sure not to miss out these exceptional food tours.
TCP Farmgate Tours has a review on Weekend Notes. Just a click away you find out about the fun the reviewer enjoyed, talking to farmers in the Wollondilly, south of Sydney. www.weekendnotes.com/tcp-farmgate-tours/