Succumb to Your Senses
The Good Food & Wine Show is Australia's largest consumer exhibition which showcases cuisine matches and celebrity chefs. All this will be happening all over Australia starting in Melbourne in June, followed by Sydney and Perth in July, Adelaide in October and Brisbane in November. If you have any cravings, this is the best place to satisfy your foodie fixation all in one stop; with hundreds of mouth-watering exhibitors on site there’s much to explore. If you love food, you will find yourself in a world where taste, texture, colour and aroma come to life in breathtaking detail. This famous festival, as a matter of fact, also includes Australian wine tasting which compliments the food experience.
When you pre-book your Celebrity Theatre tickets through Ticketek and quote WIN30 you will go in the draw to win a Neoflam Cookware Package valued at $559 (RRP)! Pre-booking gives you a guaranteed reserved seat in the Celebrity Theatre - book now as sessions do sell out and are subject toa availability. To book, call Ticketek on 13 28 49 or visit ticketek.com.au/goodfood and quote WIN30 when booking to go in the draw to win this great prize.
Good Food & Wine: A Tasty History
The inaugural Good Food & Wine Show was staged in Melbourne in 2001. The first event included 130 exhibitors and was headlined by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Not only Melbournians attend this amazing event but also visitors from all over Australia and some international guests - the three day event boasted over 38,000 attendees. 2002 saw the launch of the event in Sydney where the public popularity and demand of the event was huge. In 2005 the event was staged in Brisbane for the first time and in 2008 the inaugural Good Food & Wine Show Perth was held. The Adelaide event made its debut in 2010. In 2008 the Sydney show set a new record for attendance, attracting more then 53,000 visitors over the course of three days.
Famous Chefs at the Event
Many famous Australian chefs have appeared at the event including Gordon Ramsay, Ainsley Harriott, Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris, Manu Feildel, Ian Parmenter, Elizabeth Chong, Gabriel Gaté, Jill Dupliex, Rick Stein, Kylie Kwong, Bill Granger, Luke Mangan, Matt Moran, Ben O’Donoghue, Tyler Florence, Pete Evans, Tobie Puttock, Donna Hay and Gino D’Acampo.
What’s Showcasing in 2011?
This year the Good Food & Wine Show will be held in the five major cities throughout Australia; every city has its taste and will offer it’s own flavourful food experience. In each of the five cities you will be able to experience celebrity chef demonstrations and try dishes from Manu Feildel, Matt Moran, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris!
3 - 5 June, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre FRI: 10am - 8pm SAT: 10am - 6pm SUN: 10am - 5pm
Melbourne, to start with, celebrates its deep love affair with good food, top wines, tempting chocolates, delectable cheeses and great coffee! As an AGFG member, you can save $5 off the adult price when you pre-book adult priced tickets in advance through Ticketek. Remember, pre-booking gives you a guaranteed researved seat in the Celebrity Theatre.
1 - 3 July, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre FRI: 10am - 8pm SAT: 10am - 6pm SUN: 10am - 5pm
Sydney is more for the celebration of fine food with its flair for the modern Australian cuisine and fresh produce from NSW's award-winning farms & vineyards.
15 - 17 July, Perth Convention Exhibition Centre FRI: 10am - 5pm FRI AFTER DARK*: 6pm - 9.30pm SAT: 10am - 6pm SUN: 10am - 5pm
Perth foodies will be able to savour and sample good food, acclaimed local produce, enticing chocolates, luscious cheeses, and of course, award-winning Western Australian wines.
7 - 9 October, Adelaide Showgrounds
Indulge in Adelaide’s passion for flavour with fine food, delectable cheeses, premium produce, and the famous South Australian wines.
4 - 6 November, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane will be ready to celebrate the best in good food and great cooking, as well as delectable chocolates and treats and fantastic produce from Queensland’s award-winning cellar doors.
If fine food, delectable cheeses, premium produce and of course, award-winning Australian Wines are not enough to make you want to attend this amazing show there will be many other pleasurable entertainment features that you can attend to in every city. At the Fisher & Paykel Celebrity Theatre you will be able to join Australia’s finest celebrity chefs who will entertain you with their demonstrational cooking classes and gourmet tips from the industry. At the Riedel Decanter Bar you can relax in its intimate setting and explore premium wines tastings with our panel of wine experts. At the Riedel Wine Theatre you can prime your taste buds and learn the art of wine tasting, discover how to recognize top wines, and obtain some food matching tips.
Shopping Around the Show for More…
If you are still hungry for more food and wine exploration the place to be is the Oxford Landing Estates Restaurant where you will taste some beautifully prepared dish complemented by a glass of Oxford Landing Estates wine. The Macro Pantry from Woolworths is also a must visit you really can’t miss. Here you can pick up the chef’s recipe cards and purchase an exclusive Macro shopping bag full of Macro groceries to use for the creation of your special meal. If you are a cheese person or simply want to know more about cheese flavours, textures and tastes, you can join the cheese tasting and master class sessions where you will also get a glass of fine wine to match.
Topping off the Experience
Not satisfied yet? Then join the fun Sunbeam Academy cupcake cooking classes to bring your cupcake baking skills to the next level. Not yet ready for dessert? Then try the Barilla Pasta classes which will be hands on and interactive teaching how to cook the perfect pasta dish. When you’re full, having enjoyed a personalized good food and wine tour, head to the cookbooks retail centre and be sure to acquire new resources and gather the signatures of your favourite chefs. Every city will offer an exclusive lineup of celebrity chefs.
There is little more to say, and every reason to buy your tickets ASAP as the Good Food & Wine Show 2011 is coming soon to a major city near you.
By contributing writer Birgit Kunzli