Indulge in Food, Wine and Brew

 AGFG is proud to sponsor the inaugural Indulge Food, Wine and Brewers Festival in Penrith.  

The first ever food, wine and brewers festival is coming to the Western Suburbs of Sydney this October 25 and 26 at Panthers Pavilion in Penrith. 

A full two days of food, wine and beer will be at your fingertips with the finest tastes in gourmet produce, wines and atmosphere. Boasting 60 exhibitors within the main pavilion alongside pop-up restaurants, authentic cellar door experiences, beer and ciders gardens as well as high tea experiences and a VIP marquee, this festival is not one to be missed.

Master classes from celebrity chefs will take part on the Main Stage inspiring you with industry secrets and entertainment as part of your ticket entry.  Live entertainment, prizes and giveaways will be abundant as well as discounts, samples and freebies.

Indulge Food, Wine and Brewers Festival is open to the public from 10am-8pm Saturday October 25 and 10am-5pm Sunday October 26, it will be the perfect place to be this spring. 

Get your tickets HERE.

$10 Chardonnay's True Value for Money

By David Ellis from Vintnews


LINDEMAN’S Bin 65 Chardonnay has long been one of the best value-for-money Chardonnays in this country (and in international markets too,) one that at a current $10 never fails to satisfy for flavour, with a toss-it-down enjoyment and extremely reasonable price.

Interestingly while launched onto the market here 23 years ago, it had in fact been in production for six years before that – to supply the Northern Hemisphere that had taken with gusto to the drink’s fruit-driven and easy-drinking style, and when eventually released in Australia in 1991 was an overnight equal success.

Get the conversation going around a seafood lunch or dinner with this great drop.

 

The current-release 2014 made from fruit sourced across a wide area of South Eastern Australia maintains the tradition, with lovely fruit salad, fig, peach and toasty oak aromas that follow through delightfully on the palate. Enjoy it on its own pre-dining as the conversation gets going, in the party-room, and indoors or out where it makes for a terrific match at the table with all manner of seafoods.

And you’ll notice that it’s new label’s got some changes to it, with a sketch of Dr Henry John Lindeman’s 1885 Cawarra homestead set within a triumphal wreath featuring Australian native eucalyptus and gum nuts, and under these the Latin phrase ‘Felicitas in Vitae,’ meaning ‘In Life Happiness’ – from Dr Lindeman’s own favourite quote “the one purpose of wine is to bring happiness.” 

ONE TO NOTE: THE Hunter Valley’s Briar Ridge has just released its 2014 Single Vineyard Dairy Hill Semillon that garnered a Trophy for Best 2014 Semillon at this year’s Hunter Valley Wine Show.

A great coup for Chief Winemaker Gwyneth Olsen who joined the company only last year, this is a drop that came from low-yielding vines with wonderful concentrations of flavour, that in turn reward in the glass with elegantly crisp citrus and refreshing acidity, and with accompanying lemon and lime aromas.

 

 

 Enjoy this trophy winner 

At $35 a great partner with oysters with Asian sauces, seafood salads, or crab.

 

AGFG Wine Shop NOW OPEN - Win a Year's Worth of Wine

 

 

To celebrate the opening of the AGFG Wine Shop, we are giving away a year’s supply of wine!

Enter here

 

Why should you make the AGFG Wine Shop your online wine supplier? 

Because our five point advantage check makes it all too easy;

 

5.  Make your choice from an impressive selection of award winning wines

4.  Receive a free 20% off shopping coupon for a better bottom line price

3.  Mix and match any 3 packs to add a little variety to your selection

2.  Rest assured with a 100% quality guarantee

1.  Enjoy wine direct to your door with free delivery Australia wide
 

Our wines are selected from small handpicked parcels made available through our long standing connection with the boutique wineries of Australia, with our wine judges seeking the best quality selections and price conscious picks.

You will find our award winning wines are endorsed with James Halliday as well as the Wine State High Point Rating, with a few awarded medals on the world stage.  

Our mix and match 3 packs are designed for AGFG members to enjoy a greater variety of our selections. Simply choose any 3 pack or add additional 3 packs and be sure to use your 20% off free shopping coupon for any 3 pack or packs that you choose.

Your check out price is the final total, as we pay the freight with free shipping Australia wide to your door.

Our wines are not readily available in supermarket and liquor chain outlets, so take advantage and enjoy something truly special today.

Buy with confidence – the AGFG Wine Shop guarantees quality wines and better prices.

5 Recipes That Will Give You Spring Fever

 

 Savour the flavours of fresh spring dining 

  

Stuff your knitted jumper into the back of your closet and grab your sunnies; the days are longer, skies are bluer and everybody is emerging from hibernation to the outdoors to enjoy garden parties, picnics and sunset cocktails. Spring has sprung and with it comes a new menu. Fresh green garden vegetables, seasonal fruit and light, refreshing treats are all highlights for the warmer weather so get inspired with a bite of these sumptuous springtime dishes. 

5. Beet, goat’s cheese and honey tarts

 

The union of fresh beets and goat’s cheese is hard to ... beat (sorry ...); combine it with puff pastry and honey however, and you veer from the usual salad into a whole different realm of spring feasting. Perfect for sharing around at picnics or even scarfing down in solitude, this recipe by How Sweet Eats keeps it refreshingly simple. Well, that and nobody can say no to layers of buttery, flaky pastry, especially when topped with creamy goat’s cheese.

Keep in mind that you may not regularly spot golden beets in Australia – they are available, but you will have to do some heirloom hunting beforehand. Basically, this requires some prior preparation, but the best things are worth searching for, right? Plus, what a great time of year to get exploring around your local farmers markets. 

 

4. Strawberry Rhubarb Sundaes 

Sweet, tart, creamy and crunchy – we vote spring sundaes for days. A quick and easy recipe by Martha Stewart, this topping can be refrigerated for up to a week – but let’s be real, nobody needs a week. The addition of shortbread wedges only serves to further this mouth watering dessert as a favourite sweet spring indulgence.

 

3. Grilled eggplant with fresh cheese, spring onion, cherry tomatoes and fig  

Colour upon colour, this dish encompasses the seasonal flavours you absolutely must shove in your face this spring. Also, figs!

Snapped by photographer and food stylist Monica Walecka, these grilled eggplants filled with fresh cheese, spring onion, cherry tomato and fig can be bulked up with the addition of quinoa or brown rice for an easy dinner, or kept simply sumptuous as is for a lunch worthy of enviable staring. 

 

2. Pea and herb goats cheese tart

You’re starting to see the pattern here – combine some spring vegetables with cheese and it’s an instant success. And fittingly, this recipe by Gourmande in the Kitchen does not disappoint. Aka – ‘spring on a plate’, this picturesque pea and herbed goats cheese tart is made with an almond flour tart base and a creamy filling highlighted with fresh basil, mint, parsley and chives.  Topped with a wealth of fresh peas (ideally blanched to retain their snap, flavour and bright colour) and a scattering of micro greens), the contrasting textures of crisp and creamy make this tart a fitting addition to your next backyard garden party, perfect for showing off how your garden grows.

 

1. Violet and lemon éclairs

Candied violets and lemon cream = spring’s new staple ingredients? We hope so (move along, strawberries and cream). Floral in fragrance and French in nature, these delicately delicious sweet treats made by Twigg Studios are what the essence of spring is all about. The combination of light choux pastry, lemon filling and a topping of candied violet flowers are just made for spring time and impressing your guests over a pot of tea. 

The Dark Horse Who Bucked to the Top

By David Ellis from Vintnews

HORSES whose careers put them out there in the public eye, can generally be considered to have a pretty short future if they continually buck their owners at the most inappropriate of public moments.

Such was the case with a steed named Adlai who – whilst considered the most-handsome in the Victorian Mounted Police at the time – unfortunately bucked overboard his commanding officer once too often, and with exquisite timing.

Instantly condemned to the knackery, Adlai was saved by Judy Rymill of Rymill Coonawarra fame who rescued him for a song – and responding to a female’s touch, he went on to become a champion in dressage, show jumping, high jumping and 3-day events here, as well as representing Australia in some events at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Although Judy and Adlai have both passed on, Adlai is now being commemorated in a wonderful new 2013 Rymill Cabernet Sauvignon ‘The Dark Horse,’ a wine with an as-lively a character as Adlai himself, and loaded with blackcurrant, mulberry and dark cherry flavours, rich chocolaty undertones and hints of mint.

As lively a character as the dark chestnut thoroughbred it is named after.

At $23.95, reminisce about Adlai over this wine with roast duck and a cherry sauce.

 

ONE TO NOTE: FIANO is a crisply dry white hailing from the Campania region of Southern Italy, and while not widely made in Australia it’s loyal following is growing appreciably amongst fans of labels made here in mainly South Australia and Victoria.

Family-owned boutique, Fox Gordon has an enticing Fiano it makes from fruit from the Adelaide Hills, and with white peach, nectarine and citrusy flavours coupled with interesting minerality, is a joy with – what else – such Italian dishes as pan-fried garlic sardines, or gnocchi alla Sorrentina… gnocchi with basil, Mozzarella and tomato sauce.

 Gaining popularity and ideal with pan-friend garlic sardines.

A great drop at $22.95 from select premium liquor outlets.

Spring is in the Air

Get back into a healthier lifestyle - by Annette Sym 

The weather is getting warmer so we can now start thinking about salads, exercise and swimming. During winter most people tend to hibernate, jumping out of bed at 6am when it is dark and cold can stop even the most health conscious person. Longer daylight hours and warmer weather lifts the spirits and so now is the perfect time to get your health and exercise routines back into full swing. Let’s get ready for summer, here are some tips:

1. Try on your favourite summer outfit from last year and see how it fits now. If it is a bit snug or the buttons don’t do up then take this as a sign that you need to shed a few kilos before summer kicks in. Another good idea is to put on your swimmers and take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror. Do you like what you see? If not then do something about it, now!

2. Dust off the barbie and get back to cooking your meat on the grill and serve with interesting salads. Making tasty sauces to pour over steak will give meat a lift and make it much more tempting. Barbequing your meat allows the fats to escape through the grill, a great way to reduce the fat count. If you find it is still too cool for salads then sauté some vegetables on the flat side of the barbeque with some garlic and spices.

3. Spring means crisp apples, tasty oranges, mandarins and strawberries are at their best. Vegetables such as artichokes, snow peas, bokchoy, asparagus and avocados are also in season. Why not make up some homemade dips to take to picnics and barbeques or fruit salads for a healthy snack for the kids. 

Zucchini Slice from Book 1.

4. Spring means it is time to stop having the heavy stodgy winter foods, spring means lighter healthier meals, more fresh fruit and time to get back outside and exercise. This is such a beautiful time of the year so enjoy what spring has to offer and get healthy at the same time. 

5. Instead of doing a spring clean at home do a spring clean of your eating habits. Throw out any bad habits that have caused you problems over winter and look for new ways to shed those unwanted kilos. Your attitude determines your actions, so act now and reap the rewards.

Annette’s cookbooks SYMPLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE 1-7 are sold in all good newsagencies. Visit Annette’s website www.symplytoogood.com.au for more tips and recipes. You can also join Annette’s Facebook page

Eat Street at Westfield Garden City

Bland sandwiches and soggy chips sitting in bain-maries for hours are set to become a thing of the past as Westfield Garden City ushers in a new frontier for shopping centre dining in Queensland.

The Upper Mount Gravatt shopping centre houses two casual dining precincts: the resort-style Town Square which opened on September 18 and the bustling hawker-style 8 Street, set to open early October.

At the official launch of Town Square, guests were treated to a beautiful array of dishes from new tenant Hatch & Co, including crispy ricotta, herb and parmesan gnudi balls served in sage brown butter and smokey chargrilled spatchcock with freekeh, currants, almond, labna and pomegranate dressing. To cap off the fiesta, guests enjoyed panna cotta served with puffed popcorn and caramel sauce courtesy of The Palms Mediterranean Bar & Kitchen.

Spanning two levels and a surface area of more than six thousand square metres, Town Square will provide shoppers with a unique al fresco dining experience. Boasting 16 casual dining restaurants, the precinct promises to offer something for everyone with much-anticipated establishments such as Vapiano and Motto Motto also set to open in late 2014.

In addition, deck chairs and day beds combined with lush greenery and a three-tiered pond with a curved infinity waterfall will transform the shopping centre into a tropical oasis. Evening shoppers can also enjoy lighting features in the pool and stunning interactive digital presentations. 

Meanwhile, 8 Street will open on October 2. Emulating the vibrant and bustling market squares of Asia, the hawker-style laneway promises to excite with delectable offerings such as fiery BBQ wings from Crazy Wing and okonomiyaki (Japanese savoury pizzas) from Okonomi House, and everything else in between. 8 Street will also feature two beer gardens, one for functions and the other for shoppers to enjoy a selection of refreshing Asian beers to accompany their meal.

OzHarvest Celebrates 10 years with Table for Ten

Founded in 2004, OzHarvest is one of Australia's leading food rescue organisations. Today they have rescured over 9,000 tonnes of good quality food and helped share 28 million meals. 

This year OzHarvest is celebrating 10 years with a series of Table of 10 dinners at the new OzHarvest HQ Harvest Kitchen which will feature top chefs and delicious menu items.

Running from October 13-17 and 20-24 it gives you the opportunity to experience why OzHarvest is so passionate about rescuing food for those that are in need. 

For more details and to book head over here

When you attend make sure you take a photo of your food and #mealforameal as every food pic posted will allow OzHarvest to provide a real meal to someone in need. 

Celebrate Spain's National Day

Bring out the saffron-infused seafood paella and raise that glass of Tempranillo; we’ll be celebrating Spain’s National Day on October 12 with a fiesta!

Known as Fiesta Nacional de España in Spain, this day commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ first arrival in the Americas. The special day is also known as Columbus Day in the United States and Día de la Raza in some Latin American countries.

Although October 12 is symbolically significant, the Spaniards surprisingly do not typically throw parties on this day. Rather, they prefer to preserve their energy for the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar. Also celebrated on October 12, the day commemorates the Patroness of the Hispanic people and the Spanish Civil Guard. 

Just because the Spanish don’t go loco over National Day, it doesn’t mean you can’t. Raid your spice rack, buy a bottle of red from the liquor store and grab a bunch of fruits to make a bowl of sangria to get the party started. And to impress friends and family, why not try your hand at a chicken and seafood paella? For those that love something sweet, try your hand at making churros and dipping them in melted milk chocolate – it’s sure to impress!

Prefer to avoid the kitchen for the night? Enjoy a feast at your local Spanish restaurant. Check out our recommendations for Spanish restaurants that are famous for their tapas, so bring a group of friends (and an empty stomach) to feast on modern Spanish delights such as the bocadillos de chorizo (a grown-up chorizo sandwich), sopa con pil pil (salted cod soup) and carrillera de buey (braised beef cheek in Pedro Ximenez on cauliflower puree). 

Martin Benn: A Master of Cuisine

“Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?
 ~~ Hunter S. Thompson

Reminiscent of the excitement one would find themselves in if they were transported to the glamour of the 20’s, Sepia restaurant has been exciting crowds of foodies since 2009 with the intention to forever be a timeless restaurant.

Martin Benn, Gourmet Traveller’s Chef of the year for 2015 had humble beginnings, but then again so do most of us. What separates such humble beginnings from being a cliché is the way Martin endeavours to not rely but build upon these beginnings. Throughout the introduction of his new book, “Sepia,” Martin explains how that one lesson alone could not attribute to where he is now, but all lessons as a whole had shaped him into the Chef he is today.

“What makes our personal story is created by much more than our hunger and will. What inspires us, what drives us ... helps define the footprint we leave behind."

~~Martin Benn, Sepia p. 2.

Instead of learning what to do, Martin learnt what not to do, whether it was how he spoke in the kitchen or how he cooked in the kitchen. Learning what not to do refined his understanding of getting things right. 

Oba Leaf, Shashimi Mackerel, Pancetta & Tuzu Kosho Cream.  

Sepia: The Cuisine of Martin Benn is as much a masterpiece as his restaurant. His recipes are presented in five different menus, with some covering up to fourteen dishes at a time. He expresses with great enthusiasm, that the menus are meant to inspire not confine, so feel free to experiment with them.

For most, the book may just end up on the coffee table inspiring your guests instead of you yourself, but we implore you to take a moment and immerse yourself in one recipe that makes your eyebrows raise and give it a go. 

Spanner Crab and Egg Yolk Rice.

The few words we have to give you are inadequate in explaining the wonderful experience it was to read and explore Sepia: The Cuisine of Martin Benn.

Recipes and Images from Sepia: The Cuisine of Martin Benn (Murdoch Books) RRP $75. Available Now.