Geelong’s Winter Food & Wine Extravaganza – Hottest Ticket in Town


Over 2,500 people are expected at next weekend’s second annual Extravaganza- Eat Drink Discover Geelong. With an incredible line-up of national and local talents including Max Allen (wine writer), Richard Cornish (food writer and cookbook author); MKR stars Josh Geard and Danielle Nadja; chef’s Will Swinton, Jesse Hughes and Sarah Roe; and a mouth watering collection of over 60 of the region’s artisan food, beer and wine producers, the event is sure to warm the cockles of locals and visitors alike.

Tickets are available on the door although event organisers are encouraging patrons to pre-purchase online to gain priority access.


Local producers are getting excited about this unique chance to share their produce. Australian Tea Masters have created a special breakfast blend aptly named the “Geelong Breakfast Tea”, available for the first time at Cartel Tea’s stand at Extravaganza Geelong. According to Cartel Tea owner Sharyn Johnson, “the tea is a vibrant breakfast style blend using a selection of the best black teas from five leading tea producing countries.” According to Johnson, “the new Geelong tea will suit even the most discerning of tea palates with notes of malt, toast, honey and dried plums- rich in flavour, body and clarity.” A first for Geelong to have its very own tea!


Hitting the Extravaganza floor for the first time includes stallholders Wildings Pantry Essentials, Advance Mussel Supply, Warren & Hutch, Moriac Free Range Pork, Prendergast and Grace Fine Biscuits, Two and Five, Backyard Harvest, Lethbridge Wines, Blackpod Vanilla, the Minya Vineyard and Winery, Dinny Goonan Wines, Waybourne Winery, Timboon Fine Ice cream, Apostle Whey Cheese,  Bonappucino, Lana’s Garden Rhubarb Preserves, Basalt Wines, Summerfield Winery, Amherst Winery, Round the Way Bagels, Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese and more.


Wine and cider writer for The Australia, Max Allen heads the panel for the Wine and Cider master classes with some of the region’s best wines being featured in the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz classes. Event organisers suggest patrons pre-register online for the Wine master classes, the amazing Sensation Flavour Master Class*, Coffee Cartel master class, Little Creatures Beer School, Camilo Olive Oil Class, Screaming Seeds Spice class and the inaugural Cider Master class (all included in the ticket price) as seats are limited and filling fast.


Extravaganza Geelong is a major highlight on the Taste of Central Geelong program for 2014 and is fast becoming one of the most talked about events in Geelong. The event is supported by Regional Development Victoria, Aussie Farmers Direct, City of Greater Geelong, Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine, Little Creatures, Boomaroo, Grovedale Kitchens, Bellarine Taste Trail, Tourism Geelong, Gartland Real Estate, Bendigo Bank, Golden Plains Shire, Playground Geelong – Just Awesome, LBW Chartered Accountants, Provincial Wisdom and GSDM Marketing, Wine Geelong, Bayview on the Bellarine, Central Geelong Marketing, What’s On Geelong, Geelong + Surf Coast Living Magazine, E&D Magazine and Healthy Together Geelong. Product sponsors include Cartel Roasters and La Madre Bakery. Charity partner is Second Bite.


The hottest ticket on Geelong’s winter calendar,  Extravaganza -Eat Drink Discover tickets are available through http://www.eatdrinkdiscover.com.au or on the door.Visit http://www.extravaganzageelong.com.au for more information and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ExtravaganzaG) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ExtravaganzaGeelong?ref=ts&fref=ts).


10am-5pm on Sunday 13 July at Deakin Waterfront, Geelong.



Images and interviews are available on request

Images will be available from both Saturday and Sunday upon request.

For media enquiries contact:

Penny Whitehead

Mobile:  0404 846 2020404 846 202

Email:  pwhitehead@provincialwisdom.com.au


Ticketing Information

  • Tickets to Extravaganza – Eat Drink Discover are $30 for adults and $10 for children and include a tasting glass (adults only) and entry to Master Classes upon registration.
  • Tickets are available online or on the door: http://www.eatdrinkdiscover.com.au
  • Free Master Class registration when booking online
    • Coffee Cartel Master Class 10:30am-11:00am
    • Olive Oil Master Class 11:00am-11:30am
    • Chardonnay Master Class 11:40am – 12:10pm
    • Spice Master Class 12:00pm- 12:30pm
    • Pinot Noir Master Class 12:30pm-1:00pm
    • *Sensation Flavour Master Class 1:15 – 2:00pm
    • Little Creatures Beer School 1:30-2:15pm
    • Cider Master Class 2:40pm- 3:10pm
    • Shiraz Master Class 3:40-4:10pm

Lyndey Milan’s Baking Secrets Premieres Monday on the LifeStyle FOOD channel


With the cold winter weather settling in, what could be better than the smell of heart-warming pies, pastries and puddings filling the house? LifeStyle FOOD favourite, Lyndey Milan, is back in the kitchen baking up a storm when her brand new series Lyndey Milan’s Baking Secrets premieres Monday, July 14 at 8.30pm on LifeStyle FOOD.

With over 30-years of experience in the Australian food industry, Lyndey’s effervescent personality and no-nonsense approach to baking will inspire food lovers into their kitchens this winter. Over six half-hour episodes, Lyndey captures the heart of the current baking trend and her time-saving tips, secrets, and corner-cutting techniques will ensure that every baking venture is a success.

Each episode is filled to the brim with old school classic recipes and mouth-watering contemporary treats. From some truly authentic baking highlights at the Sydney Royal Easter Show; a back-to-school trip to the Australian Patisserie Academy; a visit to the Cake, Bake and Sweets Show; and a behind-the-scenes look at local favourites, Sweetness the Patisserie and Brasserie Bread.

In her kitchen, Lyndey conjures up a tantalizing selection of baked treats from bite-sized morsels, heart-warming classics like crumble and the great Australian lamington and pies and puddings aplenty. And there’s no shortage of chocolate in her chocolate ganache tart or luscious ginger layer cake.

Along the way Lyndey will be joined by some special guests from the Australian and international baking world, like: UK-based French Pâtissier, Eric Lanlard; award winning Australian baker and food writer, Dan Lepard; from the hit TV show, Cupcake Wars, the girls from Pick Your Poison bake shop; celebrity chef, TV host and author, Tobie Puttock and the star of notorious baking series, Ace of Cakes, Duff Goldman.

Lyndey Milan’s Baking Secrets premieres Monday, July 14 at 8.30pm and is produced by Flame Distribution exclusively for Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD channel.


Park Hyatt Melbourne Presents Christmas in July


If you’ve been missing the unmistakable indulgence of a winter Christmas then this one is for you.

You are invited to radii bar at Park Hyatt Melbourne to enjoy its rich and warming atmosphere and celebrate the festivity of Christmas- just as it’s done in the Northern Hemisphere.

Our Christmas in July Cocktail Party features Christmas inspired canapés such as braised duck sliders and miniature Christmas puddings. Spiced cocktails and mulled wines will be a warming addition as you listen to the smooth, live jazz with a festive twist.

Christmas in July is part of the Masters of Food & Wine event series which celebrates sophisticated culinary experiences at all Park Hyatt hotels across the globe.

WHAT: Christmas in July Cocktail Party

WHERE: radii bar at Park Hyatt Melbourne

WHEN: Friday 11 July, 2014 6.30pm- 8.30pm

PRICE: $70 per person includes festive canapés, mulled wine, a variety of cocktails and live music

BOOKINGS: Bookings for Christmas in July can be made by contacting the below.

+61 3 9224 1211 or on melbourne.park@hyatt.com



Underground Cooking in the Heart of the City


Two large underground earth ovens will be temporarily installed in Hyde Park to cook a traditional feast of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delicacies in celebration of NAIDOC in the City.
Crocodile, kangaroo, emu, chicken and fish, as well as vegetables such as corn and sweet potato, will be slow-cooked in the earth oven at the City of Sydney event on Monday 7 July.

Sydneysiders are invited to sample the food once it’s served from 1pm.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the NAIDOC in the City event was a great way to celebrate traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cooking, culture and history methods in the heart of Australia’s biggest city.

“The City of Sydney is a strong supporter of NAIDOC Week events because they are an opportunity for everyone in our community to acknowledge and celebrate the oldest living culture on the planet,” the Lord Mayor said.

“By bringing this earth oven right into the city centre gives all Sydneysiders, workers and visitors a chance to experience a slice of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life.”

From 5am on the day of the event, chefs from Goanna Hut and Fred’s Bush Tucker will begin lighting fires inside two 1.5-metre wide, 40-centimetre deep pits that are scattered with large rocks.

Once the wood has burned down and the rocks are heated, the marinated and wrapped food will be placed inside the earth oven and sealed in with banana leaves, branches, wet hessian and sand to cook for about three hours.

The free NAIDOC in the City event, from 11am to 3pm, will also feature a range of other family-friendly activities and performances, including live music, dance, food, art and elders’ storytelling at a pop-up lawn library.

The Australian Museum, Sydney Observatory and Taronga Zoo will also be hosting stalls focussing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artefacts, astronomy and Australian animals.

Television fitness stars, Move it Mob Style, are among the many performers who will entertain the crowds on the day. The talented dance crew will also host a workshop where children will be encouraged to join in and learn some new moves.

Entertainment will be focussed on the main stage with some exciting original music acts, as well as in the traditional dance circle and dedicated kids’ zone. There will also be a marketplace with arts and crafts, food stalls and information stands.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2014 is Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond. It was selected by the National NAIDOC Committee to honour all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country.

NAIDOC Week celebrates the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, which grew from the first political groups of the 1920s and is a chance for all Australian to celebrate the world’s oldest living culture together.

NAIDOC in the City
Monday 7 July, 11am–3pm
Hyde Park North


La Fête de la Bastille – Ananas Bar & Brasserie Celebrates National French Day 13th – 18th July 2014


Award winning, hatted French restaurant, Ananas Bar & Brasserie, is bringing French National Day to Sydney’s shores in what will be a celebration to rival the French themselves. Ananas is encouraging Francophiles across Sydney to honour the day in-style as La Fête de la Bastille takes over the iconic Rocks destination for a week of celebrations.


A Champagne brunch, cocktail master class, gourmet degustation dinners, an indoor picnic and dessert tasting plates will capture the imagination and embrace the true ‘joie de vivre’ of Bastille and showcase the seductive charms of Ananas Bar & Brasserie.


John Szangolies, proprietor, The Urban Purveyor Group, said: “We are proud and excited to be the only venue in Sydney offering a full week of world-class events and dining experiences centered on Bastille. Ananas will bring a touch of that French glamour to guests as they enjoy a tour de force of culinary delights, entertainment and sensory experiences to rival any traditional festivities in France.”


Ananas La Fête de la Bastille Program


Opening the festivities in well-heeled French style, Ananas Bar & Brasserie will host a Champagne de Brunch to rival that of the renowned Bagatelle Brunch in New York. On Sunday 13th July, guests will have the opportunity to feast, dance and mingle as they enjoy fine French Champagne for this unforgettable experience ($65pp).


Monday 14th July marks the official Bastille Day and accordingly, Ananas will do as the French do by hosting a traditional picnic, but with a twist. Le Picnic will take guests on a trip from Paris to Bordeaux as they are spoilt with a selection of gourmet French delicacies including Ananas duck liver and Armagnac parfait, chicken and snail ballotine, lobster and apple in brioche and more. ($100 per basket).


The award winning bar team at Bar Ananas will host Cocktails à la Mode Masterclass on Tuesday 15th July. Matched with mouth-watering canapés from the Ananas kitchen, attendees can expect to witness a dynamic showcase of first-class bartending skills as they workshop three unique cocktails ($80pp).


Throughout the entire week, adventurous Francophiles will be able to enjoy the tastes of France with the Banquet Magnifique, a seven-course degustation menu designed by hatted Executive Chef Paul McGrath. The menu will include oyster beignet, seared loin of venison, roasted striped trumpeter and more ($110 or $190 with matching wine).


La Fête de la Bastille will continue to pay homage to all things French on Thursday 17th July with a Vin et Fromage Cheese and Wine Tasting Masterclass, where cheese-lovers can learn everything there is to know about a carefully curated range of cheeses from an artisan cheese maker while also enjoying accompanying fortified wines ($85pp).


On a sweet note, on Thursday 17th July,  Les Desserts Décadents will also take over Bar Ananas offering something for everyone. Diners can spoil themselves with delicious dessert tasting plates accompanied with a flute of exquisite dessert wine for just $25 per person.


On Friday evening, say Au revoir Bastille as Bar Ananas hosts a classy live entertainment set in venue while diners can enjoy $10 glasses of Champagne and a free dozen oysters with the purchase of a bottle of Champagne.


La Fête de la Bastille, 13th to 18th July 2014

Ananas Bar & Brasserie Bar at 18 Argyle St, The Rocks NSW 2000 www.ananas.com.au


For more information and menu offerings please contact:

Anri McHugh or Abbey Wirth at thrive pr + communications 

02 9310 4011 | 0487 349 146 | anri.mchugh@thrivepr.com.au 

02 9310 4011 | 0423 665 115 | abbey.wirth@thrivepr.com.au 



‘Top 10 Food and Wine Events in Central NSW – Winter and Spring 2014′


Central NSW’s food and wine calendar is brimming with authentic and tasty ways to spend a long weekend in the country. Don your gumboots for a truffle hunt, learn to cook venison in a farm-house kitchen, try bush-tucker over smoky camp fires or join a wine-show dinner.


It all begins just 2.5 hours’ drive from Sydney in a region that offers a rich cultural heritage, magnificent landscapes and beautiful places to stay.


Central NSW is one of Australia’s biggest food and wine bowls with award-winning producers, wine-makers, restaurants, cafes and farmers markets. It includes Bathurst, Orange, Mudgee, Parkes, Cowra and Forbes.


To plan your stay, Central NSW Tourism has released a list of its top 10 food and wine events coming up this Winter and Spring.


‘Top 10 food and wine events’ in Central NSW


1. Small Acres Cyder Tasting Lunch (Orange) 22 June, 20 July, 17 August, 21 September, 19 October. The first producers of cider in the region are famed for their ‘appscato sparkling’ and once a month you can enjoy special event lunches at the cider house with homemade Normandy chicken pie and a guided tasting of their range. www.smallacrescyder.com.au


2. Mandagery Creek Venison Farm Kitchen (Orange) 14 June, 12 July, 9 August, 26 October. Take a tour of the venison farm, learn how the produce is used in a cooking demonstration and enjoy a relaxed three-course lunch. The farm kitchen is set in a garden surrounded by pine forest and paddocks, there is no nicer place to enjoy Orange’s fine produce. www.mandagerycreek.com.au


3. Neila’s Hands-on-workshops (Cowra) 28 June, 27 July, 30 August, 27 September.

Nestled amongst Cowra’s history is a one-chef hatted restaurant (SMH Guide 2014) renowned for its local produce. Book a hands-on workshop with recipes and lunch including their signature pasta making studded with black sesame seeds. www.neila.com.au


4. Cooking Classes at Bishops Court Estate (Bathurst) most Mondays.

Stay at this historic boutique hotel and join culinary host Christine for regular cooking classes in the kitchen followed by a candle-lit dinner in the chapel. There’s something for everyone from the Asian themed ‘Spice it up’ to fast dinners with flair in ‘Secret women’s business’. www.bishopscourtestate.com.au


5. The Cowra Wine Show Weekend (Cowra) 25-27 July

A smorgasbord of events from Lachlan Valley producers includes gourmet markets, master-classes, organic winery tours, dining events and a public tasting.www.cowratourism.com.au


6. Borrodell Vineyard Black Tie and Gumboots Truffle Hunt and Dinner (Orange) 19 July. A stunning vineyard setting with valley views is home to Sisters Rock restaurant, 150 types of heritage apples, premium accommodation and the annual Black Tie and Gumboots Truffle Hunt and Dinner. Don your boots and hunt for truffles with the dogs then enjoy a five-course dinner with entertainment.www.borrodell.com.au


7. Trundle’s Bush Tucker Day (Parkes) 6-7 September

Bond with the vibrant Trundle community over smoky camp fires, cook outdoors and taste bush-tucker straight from the land. Fun games include the Billy Boil Sprint and the Damper Throw. Trundle is 55km NW of Parkes.www.parkes.nsw.gov.au


8. NSW Small Winemakers Show (Forbes) 25-29 August. A celebration for small winemakers that crush no more than 500 tonnes annually, this event has been held in Forbes for 25 years. The public tasting is on 29 August and cost $25 for canapés and tastings from around 100 NSW vineyards.www.nswwineshow.com.au


9. Mudgee Food and Wine Festival (Mudgee) 12 September to 5 October

At the top of the menu in this month-long festival is ‘Top of the Plate’, a new event that features around 30 cafes, wineries and restaurants plating up some extraordinary dishes using local produce. This is a delicious way to try the cheese, olives, nuts, saffron, chocolate and huge variety from Mudgee’s Fine Foods producers. www.mudgeefinefoods.com.au


10. Orange Wine Festival (Orange) 17 October to 2 November

Orange’s biggest food and wine celebration includes degustation dinners, a night market, tastings with wine-makers and special events in this historic town’s restaurants, wine-bars, cafes and venues. www.tasteorange.com.au


Accommodation in Central NSW is available in eco-suites, historic properties, self-contained cottages or boutique hotels.


Central NSW is just a click away, for more information and travel deals go to www.centralnswtourism.com.au


Bastille Day Feast at Albert St Food & Wine

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Chef Jason Rodwell will bring his love of regional French cuisine to Albert St Food & Wine with an extravagant hunter-themed Bastille Day feast.


The French-inspired dinner will take place on Sunday 13th July at 12.30pm.  from 6.30pm to 10pm at a cost of $75 per person.


Inspired by his travels through regional France, Rodwell will present guests with a magnificent red wine-marinated boar, the perfect reward for a hunter after a tough day trawling French forests.


The beast – complete with apple in its mouth – will be immersed in Côtes du Rhône wine, juniper berries and bay leaves for three days prior to the event. The boar will be served with handmade buckwheat crozets, a type of pasta that is a specialty of the Savoie region, and a sauce made from Cacao Barry single origin chocolate.


During his stint in France, Rodwell worked as a chef at Michelin-starred restaurant Auberge du Bon Laboureur in the Loire Valley and Chalet Le Torrent in the Savoie. While living in France, Rodwell developed his passion for rural earthy flavours and spent many enjoyable hours sampling village produce and exploring the wine regions.


Before the mouth-watering boar is served on Bastille Day, Rodwell will showcase his culinary prowess with a selection of hors d’oeuvres and starters, including hare and foie gras royaleterrine de chasseur and raclette cheese from Australia.


To conclude the soirée L’Artisan’s The Authentic cheese washed in-house with Chablis will be served along with a dessert of poached pears and hazelnuts, with a warm waffle and salted caramel ice cream.

Accompanied by matching Champagne and other French wines at an additional cost, Albert St Food & Wine’s Bastille Day rendezvous will be sure to ignite the Francophile in us all.


About Albert St Food & Wine:


Albert St Food & Wine is a restaurant, wine bar and wine store housed in a former bank building in the heart of Brunswick’s Sydney Rd precinct.


Jason Rodwell’s innovative contemporary European cuisine focuses on organic and local produce emphasising the “paddock to plate” philosophy. Jason has been driving the team at Albert St Food & Wine since its inauguration in 2011. The team has received multiple accolades including two consecutive Chef Hats in The Age Good Food Guide, a rating in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Top 100, and was awarded Best Dish at the past two Taste of Melbourne events.


For bookings please contact:

Albert St Food & Wine
382 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056

03 8354 6600



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