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Taste of Manly - Food, Wine & Sustainability Festival 2016

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The 30th Northern Beaches seaside Food & Wine Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

Northern beaches foodies are set to come out of early hibernation with the impending Taste of Manly Food and Wine Festival on the horizon. The food, wine and sustainability festival has been a highlight of the Northern Beaches event calendar for 30 years, playing its part in demonstrating what culinary delights the region has to offer, in addition to ushering in the most unwelcome winter. If sampling local beer and sipping hunter valley wine in the sunshine sounds like fun, then this is the festival for you. A collection of food and wine stalls will be sprinkled adjacent to the famous Manly pedestrian Corso, strategically placed right along the iconic Manly Beach. Around 15 thousand foodies, tourists and residents will descend upon Manly's golden shores for two glorious days of food and wine appreciation, all while soaking up the sounds of great local music.

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

The all star line up of eateries at this year's festival will provide an eclectic mix of gastronomy to choose from, incorporating many of the seaside restaurants that make Manly so famous around the world. The Taste of Manly food stall line up is set to include the following:

- Manly's Bavarian Bier Café
- BenBry Burgers
- Bluewater Cafe
- Criniti's
- Daniel San
- Hamro Aangan
- Hotel Steyne
- Hugos Manly
- Manly Wine
- Ribs and Rumps
- Ruby Lane
- The Frog Connexion
- The Herring Room
- The Hot Dog Man

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

Oktoberfest is set to come early with the Manly Bavarian Bier Café joining the festivities. The Bavarian eatery will be shifting its well known location overlooking Manly Cove to a stall inspired by schnitzel, pork and deli delights. Their festival food menu will be as follows:

Bavarian Bier Café Food Menu:

- Pretzels
- Deli platter
- Cheese platter
- Bitterballan
- Meatballs
- Smoked belly bites

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

Burger bandits are also going to be satisfied with the inclusion of award winning BenBry Burgers of Manly to the festival. They have been a local staple since 2007, offering an array of delicious gourmet burgers and sides aimed at the health conscious, utilising fresh quality Australian produce. Vegan and gluten free options will also be available at their stall. Their burger bar menu will be as follows:

BenBry Burgers Menu:

- The BenBry Cheese Burger
- Falafel Vegetarian Burger
- Fries (with BenBry Aioli)
- Burger & Fries Combo

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

Hotel Steyne will again make its triumphant return this year's seaside festival. The northern beaches establishment has become an icon, catering to beachside locals and visiting tourists for years. Their simple yet effective food and wine menu will include the following:

Hotel Steyne's 'Seaside' Food Menu:

- Fish and Chips with a prawn garnish (Flathead fillets)
- Bucket of prawns

'Wine Stand' Menu:

- Tempus Two – Shiraz
- Tempus Two – Merlot
- Tempus Two – Pinot Grigio
- Tempus Two – Blanc de Blanc

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

Manly's beachfront neon rock 'n' roll bar Daniel San will also be making an appearance, serving up some of it's famed Japanese street food. The uber cool venue is renowned for their all you can eat dumplings. The modern Japanese eatery and cocktail bar will feature the following menu:

Daniel San Menu:

- Robata (charcoal meat skewer)
- Chicken Yakitori – Goma Teriyaki with Sesame Seeds and Chopped Chives
- Pork – Wasabi BBQ Glaze with Crispy Onion

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

Quintessential beach-side dining venue Manly Wine will also make its way across the Corso, setting up a stall offering deli and seafood inspired dishes to go with their elaborate wine list. Recent years have seen the venue become quite versatile, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on a daily basis. Now they will be adding street food to their repertoire. Their festival menu will feature the following:

Manly Wine Menu:

- Fresh oysters, champagne vinegar, lemon
- Chorizo, ham & white bean soup, smoked paprika & sour cream
- Cured meats, cheese & pickles
- Prawn, pea & potato roll, aioli & crisps

Taste of Manly Food Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food Wine and Sustainability Festival

Carnivores are also sure to be kept quiet with the inclusion of local favourite Ribs and Rumps. Pork, lamb and beef will all be represented, with the venue creating a marquee of meat directly opposite their restaurant right on Manly Beach. Their festival menu will feature the following:

Ribs and Rumps Menu:

- Chicken Wings
- Pulled Pork Burgers
- Fries
- Half Rack of Pork Ribs, Lamb Ribs & Beef Ribs
- Soft Drinks

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival


The extremely health conscious will also be well looked after at this year's event, with the inclusion of organic eatery Ruby Lane. The venue utilises naturally farmed ingredients, carefully pairing them to create nutrient dense recipes with incredible taste. Their superfood inspired menu will feature the following:

Ruby Lane Menu:

- Banana Goji or Apple Walnut Bliss Balls
- Bone Broth of the day
- 'Ruby's Pork & Egg Roll' - Slow braised free range pork in coconut water, Soft egg, Kim Chi & Mustard
- Dahl w/ Autumn vegetables, Lime pickle and Caraway Chapattis
- Superfood Power Bar
- Kombucha on Tap
- Alkalise Water

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

For the most part the festival is absolutely FREE for the public to attend, although guests will have to purchase their unique food and wine selections from each specific stall. There is also an option for guests to plan ahead and save some cash. Wine connoisseurs will be able to pre-purchase a unique glass and two drink tokens online at this link, allowing them more time to sample the best wine, cider and local craft beers. Ordinarily a glass will cost $10, with tokens costing $5 each. However a pre-purchase online will save you around $5, with a glass and two tokens going for $15.

On the subject of drinking, beer connoisseurs will be pleased to know that some of the best breweries on the Northern Beaches will be taking part at this year's festival. These breweries will include the following local favourites:

- 4 Pines
- Nomad Brewing Co.
- Modus Operandi
- Dad & Dave's Brewing.

4 Pines Beer Garden at Taste of Manly Food, Wine & Sustainability Festival
4 Pines Beer Garden at Taste of Manly Food, Wine & Sustainability Festival

4 Pines is the famous local brewery known for their traditional and time honoured techniques. Their focus is quality craftsmanship and natural produce, for the most part only using four ingredients; hops, water, yeast and malt. Their secret however is the inclusion of flavour sensations such as mandarin and ginger, among other natural ingredients. Their festival drink menu will be as follows:

4 Pines Beer Menu:

- 4 Pines Kolsch 4.6 % ABV
Food match: The real all-rounder, drink it at your next BBQ or with fresh fish or seafood. Also sits nicely next to your favourite pizza, Thai, Indian or anything with a little spice.
- 4 Pines Pale Ale 5.1% ABV
Food match: Getting to the bigger end of town, the 4 Pines Pale Ale perfectly complements red meats, hotter chilli and spice flavours, strong vintage cheddar or blue cheese.
- 4 Pines Indian Summer Pale Ale 4.2% ABV
Food match: With notes of citrus, this easy drinking beer will be a good match for a wide range of foods. Another great all rounder.
- 4 Pines American Amber Ale 5.1% ABV
Ruby in colour, with rich copper hues. Hop driven aromas of currant & pear are rounded on the palate with a toasted malt character, light fruitiness & a balanced bitter finish.
- Brookvale Union Ginger Beer 4% ABV
Food match: This one is suited to those with a sweet tooth, or for the odd member of our great world who has yet to discover the brilliance of beer. Match it with anything on the menu, literally.

Taste of Manly - Beer samples from Modus Operandi
Taste of Manly - Beer samples from Modus Operandi

Mona Vale haunt Modus Operandi, established in 2014, will be making the trek down south to showcase their unique use of the freshest ingredients while utilising the most honest of hand crafted methods. This method was developed after a pilgrimage of sorts across the USA, sampling some of the most renowned American craft beers. Their limited festival drinks menu will include the following:

Modus Operandi Beer Menu:

- Modus Pale Ale 5.2% AVB
Food match: perfect with spicy food with its aromatics of pine and citrus followed by a crisp finish.
- Former Tenant Red IPA 7.8% AVB
Food match: with its big savoury caramel malt body it is awsome with big sticky meat ribs.

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

Dad & Dave's will also be a most welcome addition to this year's festivities. The brewery was established in Balgowlah in 2011, with their first beer being the award winning Dad & Dave's #1 Pale Ale in 2012. Since that time they have aimed to produce the tastiest of beers, taking advantage of the top quality malt and hops produced in Australia and New Zealand. Their festival drinks menu will include the following:

Dad & Dave's Beer Menu:

- #1 Pale Ale 4.6% AVB
- #2 Belgian IPA 5.5% AVB
- #3 Dad's Pils 4.2% AVB

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

Frank's Premium Tasmanian Cider will also be on offer for those seeking sweeter alternatives. Their multi award winning ciders, established all the way back in 1836, have been created using 100% pure Tasmanian fruit. Frank's festival cider menu is set to feature the following:

Frank's Cider Menu:

- Frank's Summer Apple Cider (5% ABV)
A blended from tree ripened apples of many varieties. It is medium sweet and sparkling with real depth of fruity apple flavour. This cider is light, crisp and immensely refreshing.
- Frank's Summer Pear Cider (5% ABV)
A deliciously crisp, refreshing 'sweet perry'. The subtle, floral 'just picked' flavour of heritage pear varieties, hits you from the first sparkling sip.
- Frank's Cherry/Pear Cider (Only 3.5% ABV)
A delicate fusion of two much loved Tasmanian favourites. The subtle flavours of real cherries and pears combine to produce a sparkling, medium sweet, yet delicate temptation.
- Frank's Autumn Reserve Cider (5.5%ABV)
A blend dominated by the English favourite Cox's Orange Pippin It is aged in oak barrels for 12 months and has a real depth of flavour. This delicious cider is the driest of the Frank's range.

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

Wine connoisseurs will also be well looked after with a massive list of vineyards to sample from, including a large contingent direct from the Hunter Valley region. Some of the wineries on show will include:

- Tempus Two by Hotel Steyne
- Lindeman's
- Mount Pleasant
- Pepper Tree Wines
- Peterson House
- Philip Shaw Wines
- RidgeView
- Tamburlaine Organic Wines
- Tulloch
- San Telmo Cellars
- Wynwood Estate.

As of right now RidgeView seems to be most well represented. The family owned boutique producer is primarily known for their small handcrafted trophy winning wines, with their entire wine list being direct from the Hunter Valley region. RidgeView's eclectic wine menu for this year's festival will include:

RidgeView Wine Stall Menu:

- 2011 "Traditional Cuvee" – pinot Noir/ Chardonnay
- 2009 "Fireworks" – Sparkling Shiraz
- 2014 "Generations" Semillon
- 2013 Pinot Gris
- 2012 Chardonnay
- 2012 Verdelho
- 2014 "Sweet Tooth" Late Harvest Viognier
- 2007 Rose
- 2011 Chambourcin
- 2011 Merlot
- 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2011 Shiraz

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

If South American wines are more to your palate, then the inclusion of San Telmo Cellars will be delightful news. The company commercialises wines direct from "Bodegas San Huberto" in La Rioja, Argentina. The winery's origins can be dated all the way back to 1905, with the San Hubert vineyards currently consisting of 400 hectares. The vineyard specialises in most wines including red, white and sparkling. San Telmo's festival menu options will include:

San Telmo Cellars Menu:

- Malbec
- Bonarda
- Cabernet Souvignon
- Pettit Vedot
- Syrahs
- Merlot
- Torrontes
- Chardonnay
- Nina (Extra Brut-Sparkling Wine)
- Torrontes (Brut-Sparkling Wine)

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival

Local musical entertainment will also accompany all the food and wine consumption, with specific artists and bands to be announced closer to the event. The Taste of Manly Food, Wine & Sustainability Festival runs from Saturday May 28th until Sunday May 29th. Details on how to get there can be found at this link. Public transport is advised due to road closures, however limited parking will be made available. The beachside event is sure to be entertaining as well as gastronomically stimulating. What better way to spend the weekend than at the beach, soaking up some sunshine while dining with new friends. The festival is a must attend.

Taste of Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
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Why? Sipping wine by the seaside and sampling food in the sunshine.
When: Over two days from Saturday May 28th until Sunday May 29th.
Where: Manly Beach and Manly Corso.
Cost: FREE entry.
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