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Chefs, Produce, Wine and Scenery to Star in Food Festival
Up to 30 separate events are expected to make up a 10-day Taste Great Southern food and wine festival in 2019.
Dates for the 15th year of the festival, which runs across an area of more than 39,000 sq km, will be from April 4 to 14 in the run-up to Easter.
Events around Albany, Denmark, Mt Barker, Porongurup, Frankland River, Katanning and Kojonup will feature the best produce from the Great Southern ranging from beef and lamb to marron and oysters and strawberries to asparagus cooked by chefs from all over Australia and overseas.
Chefs in former years have included Marco Pierre White, Miguel Maestre, Colin Fassnidge and Justine Schofield.
Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White at the Albany Wine and Food Festival, part of Taste Great Southern
Festival director Richard Campbell from CMS Events said that in 2019 the region's produce including marron, Wagyu beef, asparagus, berries and seafood along with the incredibly diverse range of wine styles from across the region, would be the stars of the show.
He says the festival will focus on food and wine experiences which had rated highly with visitors to the 2018 Taste Great Southern.
Anna Gare of Local Heroes at Taste Great Southern 2018
Those experiences this year included sharing marron with MasterChef's Justine Schofield at the Lake House in Denmark, visiting the Albany Wine & Food Festival to rub shoulders with superstar British chef Marco Pierre White and participating in a Secret Dinner for a feast prepared by Indonesian celebrity chef Chandra Yudasswara and local chef Vincent Lim.
Rockcliffe Night Markets are a popular part of Taste Great Southern.
Other top events included going on board the Brig Amity for Amy Hamilton and Wilson Brewing's Wish You Were Beer, matching wine and raw seafood for the In The Raw event and sharing Paul Iskov from Fervor's foraged food at Three Anchors in Albany.
Richard said a combination of the region's scenic beauty and a series of spectacular events were a significant attraction for the thousands of visitors to Albany and the region for the festival.
Board the Brig Amity in Albany for Amy Hamilton and Wilson Brewing's Wish You Were Beer.
Peter thanks for talking up IGA Taste Great Southern but the chefs and events you are writing about are from LAST year! This year Adam Liaw, Herb Faust, Scott Brannigan and many others - PLEASE CAN you update your post about THIS year's events? Cheers VJ - Verity James.