The Barossa Vintage Festival is a celebration of the rich heritage and gastronomic pleasures of this renowned region in South Australia. Running from 15-19 April, The Barossa Vintage Festival is Australia’s largest and longest-running tourism festival showcasing 95 events over 5 days. From grand feasts to market bazaars, long table lunches and even gastronomic golf! There’s a little something for everyone. Here are our Top 5 things to do on your Barossa adventure The Feast Set in an authentic vintage show hall of long feasting tables, old-world charm and intimate conversation. Wine makers will drink with you, roving players will beguile you, and a 7-piece swing band with dancers will keep you serenaded as you eat your way through a grand feast buffet. The Feast will give you a real taste of celebration – Barossa style. Sunday Spanish Breakfast A Spanish breakfast fiesta awaits you on the lawns of Yelland & Papps’ cellar door. Tuck into a bountiful spread by Elli Beer whilst enjoying a glass or two of vino. Then take a swing at the piñata and be captivated by a roving Spanish band and bubble blower. This is the perfect start to your vintage Sunday morning. The Scarecrow Trail Pack a lunch, grab your bicycle and follow the famous Scarecrow trail through the spectacular scenery of the Barossa. The Scarecrows, each with their own unique identity, will guide you from winery to winery on one of the most memorable cycling routes you’re ever likely to take. Wine Bluffs – A Comedy Wine Tasting! Comedians Damian Callinan & Paul Calleja will walk you through an enthralling cellar door experience with a comedic twist. With a combined 30 years in the comedy industry and even longer in the cellar, they know their wines and have the punch lines to match! Full Moon Farm Gate A traditional market hosted in a picture perfect setting at Langmeil Winery. Wander through the beautiful stone buildings and stables filled with vendors offering local and homemade produce. With live music from local musos, it’s a true celebration of all the reasons to love being in the Barossa! For further information visit barossavintagefestival.com.au.
Fine foodies rejoice, now you can get premium Italian foods delivered straight to your doorstep!
Salt Meats Cheese, the famous fine Italian food and providores shop in Alexandria, Sydney, has partnered exclusively with online gourmet food destination TheGourmet.com.au, which means foodies all over Australia can shop the pretty pastas, premium oils, flavoured salts, exquisite providores and gourmet sauces the shop is famous for.
“We are excited to be able to offer a taste of Italy to customers all over Australia,” said Maria Gruttulini, General Manager at TheGourmet.com.au.
“We already offer restaurant quality meat, market fresh seafood and farm fresh produce, so our refined customers are delighted to have access to the best Italian pantry available in Australia at prices that are lower than in the shop. Molto buono, indeed!”
The Salt Meats Cheese shop in Alexandria has become a mecca for foodies and chefs, but online shopping and delivery has previously only been available to Sydney metro customers.
“We are thrilled to be able to spread the joy of traditional Italian cooking all over the country thanks to our partnership with TheGourmet.com.au,” said Stefano De Blasi, Director at Salt Meats Cheese.
“If you only try one of our products, I would recommend our pasta sauces. They are made in Australia by chefs following traditional Italian recipes and procedures, and are one of our best sellers.”
To shop Salt Meats Cheese products, head to TheGourmet.com.au
Premieres Thursday 27 November at 8pm on SBS ONE
“Silvia is an amazing cook and Made In Italy with Silvia Colloca is full of delicious recipes and great stories about where she came from. I truly believe she’s going to be Australia’s next big thing.” – Matt Moran
Silvia Colloca, actress, opera singer and author of hit cookbook Silvia’s Cucina, will serve up an Italy rarely seen by tourists during a culinary celebrazione in Made In Italy with Silvia Colloca. In this sumptuous and picturesque new series Silvia takes a journey back to her homeland to introduce her family and present her love of healthy, hearty Italian fare.
Silvia, who shot to culinary fame with her blog Silvia’s Cucina that also lead to a successful cookbook of the same name, has lived in Australia for nearly a decade and was born and raised in Milan. However her loyalty to Italian food lies within the hills and mountains of Abruzzo, a region east of Rome. It is here where Silvia’s mother came from and where she spent most of her summers growing up. And it is here that Silvia began her love with food that is simple, wholesome, nutritious and cooked with love. It is this fresh and healthy side of Italian food that Silvia wants to share and to shatter the view that all Italian fare is carb-loaded pizzas and pastas.
Made In Italy with Silvia Colloca sees Silvia visit three charming regions of Italy that are close to her heart – Abruzzo, Le Marche and Molise – to re-discover authentic cucina povera (peasant cuisine). In each episode, Silvia meets locals and is invited to cook with them in their kitchens, allowing a sneak peek inside the true Italian lifestyle and culture.
It is Silvia’s own family kitchen in her Abruzzo home that is at the heart of Made In Italy with Silvia Colloca. She will share intimate family moments with loved ones as they cook, eat and laugh together. The Collocas reveal why Italian cuisine is not just about eating.
Silvia’s children Raphael and Miro reveal grins like Cheshire cats as their mamma serves up beautiful maccheroni alla chitarra. Silvia also cooks up delicious meals with her mamma for the clan of Collocas who play such an important role in this series.
Set amongst picture-perfect postcard backdrops of piazzas, ancient Roman ruins, villages perched on mountains, colourful farmer’s markets and quaint Adriatic restaurants, Made In Italy with Silvia Colloca is not just a cooking show; it’s a visual banquet good enough to feast on.
Made In Italy with Silvia Colloca is a FremantleMedia Australia production for SBS.
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Celebrity Chef Luca Ciano will be a special guest chef at this years Norton Street Italian Festa. Make sure you come by and see him cook his Millefoglie di Parmigiano with prosciutto di Parma and zucchini flowers.
Luca was born and raised in Milan by an amazing family from whom he inherited his passion for food and respect for people.
Norton Street Italian Festa will celebrate its 28th year on 26October 2014.
As always, the taste of Italian food will be a highlight. Enzo Guarino, MC of the Festa cooking stage said, “This year will be a spectacular tasting treat for lovers of Italian food. In addition to our great local Italian chefs Paolo Gatto and Christian Colognesi who will cook regional Italian dishes from all over Italy, Luke and Scott of My Kitchen Rules 2013 fame will demonstrate Italian food ‘clean living’ style, Silvia Colloca from upcoming Made in Italy on SBS will treat us to a family favourite dish from Abruzzo, and Pina Pacialeo of ‘Pina Cucina’ YouYube fame will showcase her regional food.
This is a special day to visit Sydney’s ‘Little Italy’ with family and friends. More than a kilometre of Norton Street Leichhardt will be closed to traffic with a great variety of stalls including Italian food and products. The music of Italy will be everywhere and singers and dancers will entertain. Rides, stories and activities for the ‘kids’ and AutoFesta with hundreds of Italian cars, bikes and more for the ‘kids of all ages’.
More than 100,000 visitors enjoy Festa each year and in 2013 over 125,000 saw the Italian episode of My Kitchen Rules (MKR) filmed – this aired this year to 2.7 million viewers.
Be there and expect the unexpected at Festa 2014 – a great day out with family and friends – and be in the Festa raffle for that trip of a lifetime for two to Italy –
The Star Sydney is an official event partner of Australia’s largest food festival, The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month, which kicked off this week, showcasing the best dining experiences Sydney has to offer.
To celebrate the month-long dining extravaganza which is happening throughout October, The Star’s signature dining and casual food outlets have created a series of mouth-watering food and beverage events.
The Star’s world-renowned chefs – momofuku’s David Chang, Balla’s Stefano Manfredi, Sokyo’s Chase Kojima, BLACK by ezard’s Teage Ezard and Fat Noodle’s Luke Nguyen are set to deliver world-class taste sensations conveniently housed under the one roof.
Andy North, General Manager of Food & Beverage, The Star said: “Good Food Month will highlight the incredible creativity, quality and innovation of each of The Star’s signature restaurants as they deliver a mix of foodie favourites such as Let’s Do Lunch and Hats Off Dinners along with exciting one-off events including Asia Town, a street food festival with special guest David Thompson and Chase Kojima’s Instant Expert master class.”
“We’re thrilled to be part of the festival again and offer food aficionados and families alike a variety of fun and unique dining experiences across our outstanding venues. The program is jam-packed and there is truly something for everyone to discover.”
A highlight on the Good Food Month calendar is Asia Town, a street food festival with special guest, David Thompson of namh restaurant in Thailand. This one-off, collaborative outdoor festival will be held on Sunday, 19 October from 12pm to 8pm at The Star’s rooftop bar, Sky Terrace, which will be transformed into a bustling street food marketplace, with one of the most spectacular views of the Sydney city skyline.
Thai cuisine expert David Thompson will take Sydney’s foodies taste buds on an Asian adventure with a series of live demonstrations, alongside Sokyo’s Chase Kojima and the team from The Century. Tickets are available for $125 per person, including all tastings, drinks and food demonstration sessions.
Other standout events include:
Hats Off Dinners
Italian lovers and history enthusiasts can enjoy the flavours of ancient times with a decadent four-course dinner presented by Balla. Each dish will represent a period of Roman, Greek, Phoenician and Etruscan history and each course will be accompanied by an equally historical wine variety. There won’t be a tomato in sight at this pre ‘Columbian Exchange’ feast as Balla takes guests back in time for one night only. The Food of Ancient Italy Dinner will be held on Tuesday 21 October from 6:30pm from $95.00 per person. Bookings essential.
Crossing the Atlantic to NYC, Momofuku Seiōbo will be taking a step back in time to bring diners the best of the critically acclaimed Momofuk ssäm bar 2007 especially for Good Food Month. Sample items from the infamous menu include David Chang’s pork belly and hoisin steamed bubs and marinated hanger steak ssäm. The à la cart menu will be available 13-18 October and each guest will receive a Tanqueray gind and tonic upon arrival. No bookings required.
Instant Expert – sushi making with Chase Kojima, Executive Chef of Sokyo
Sushi devotees can take a walk with Sokyo Executive Chef Chase Kojima to the Sydney Fish Markets where he will teach guests how to select the perfect fish, then head back to Sokyo to experience a traditional Omaskase sushi demonstration in his sushi master class. Chase will draw on his traditional Japanese training to present an outstanding menu with a modern twist. Sunday 12 and 26 October from 12pm to 3pm, from $200.00 per person. Bookings essential.
Let’s Do Lunch
Throughout October Balla, BLACK by ezard and Sokyo will each offer diners premium quality, set lunch menus with a matched drink for just $38.00 as part of Good Food Month’s annual favourite, Let’s Do Lunch.
Stefano Manfredi and Head Chef Gabriele Taddeucci’s of Balla have crafted a brilliant two course meal, serving diners a little piece of Italy with Sydney’s best view.
Over at Sokyo, Chase Kojima and his team have designed a simple and traditional one-course Bento box lunch including sushi, salad, skewer, rice and miso for those looking for their lunchtime Japanese fix.
BLACK by ezard’s Teage Ezard and Executive Chef Jed Gerrard will also offer diners a taste of BLACK’s exceptional trademark contemporary menu and grill with a delicious one-course lunch offering of organic corn-fed chicken, black garlic and quinoa risotto. Available at selected dates in October, bookings essential.
The Star’s skilled mixologists will shake it up in style for Good Food Month offering guests exquisite Tanqueray gin-inspired cocktails and a matched bar snack for just $20.00 at Sokyo Lounge, BLACK bar and Cherry who will each offer an outstanding, unique cocktail to be sipped and savoured throughout October. No bookings required.
Let’s Do Dessert
Those who like a late night sweet treat can experience a unique, mouth-watering dessert plus a glass of premium dessert wine while enjoying the seeping harbour views from Teage Ezard’s contemporary and stylish, BLACK bar. Available from Tuesday to Friday throughout October, from 9pm. No bookings required.
Good Dinner Under $30
Good Food Month will see Luke Nguyen and the team at Fat Noodle put a fresh twist on traditional Asian recipes and ingredients offering guests a crafted, two-course menu including a select range of entrée, mains and Jasmine tea for only $30 throughout October. No bookings required.
To experience Sydney’s premium entertaining destination throughout October, book your Good Food Day out at The Star at www.star.com.au/goodfoodmonth, or call 1800 700 700.
The Star is Sydney’s premium entertainment destination. The Star offers award-winning chefs and restaurants, luxury hotel accommodation and serviced apartments, a 16-room day spa, an international designer retail collection as well a world-class casino and international nightclub Marquee. The $100 million Star Event Centre is a state-of-the art multi-use venue and has hosted more than 200 events since opening in January 2013, including The ACCTA Awards, The ARIA Awards, The Premiere of World War Z, charity events for the Starlight Foundation and Thomas Kelly Foundation and international talent such as Ricky Martin, Seal, Garbage, One Republic, Olly Murs, Jessica Mauboy and Alicia Keys.
For more information or enquiries, visit http://www.star.com.au or call 1800 700 700.
Later this month sees the international roll-out of Tourism Australia’s ‘Restaurant Australia’ campaign gather momentum with high profile launch events taking place across the world, including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Korea and Hong Kong.
Australia’s top chefs, freshest produce and finest wines will play starring roles in the launches and the ongoing campaign activity which, once fully rolled out, will target visitors from 17 of Australia key overseas tourism markets.
The UK launch will see Australia House in London transformed into a ‘pop-up’ restaurant where each evening, for six consecutive nights (22 to 27 September), a renowned Australian chef will treat diners to a delicious meal inspired by their own memories of holidaying in Australia.
The six Australian chefs – each representing a different state or territory – are Maggie Beer (representing South Australia), Skye Gyngell (NSW), Luke Rayment (Queensland), Matt Stone (WA), Shannon Bennett (Victoria)and Rachel O’Sullivan (Northern Territory).
The UK event is being organised in partnership with the state and territory tourism offices, Wine Australia and leading Australian food producers. Twenty-nine different premium Australian wines, each available in the UK, have been donated by Wine Australia and will be served during the week.
The Korea launch of Restaurant Australia takes place on September 23 in Seoul with up to 100 VIP guests, trade and media attending an outdoor event at the Australian Ambassador’s residence. Amongst those attending will be Mr Gwang-Ho Choi, the Australian-educated winner of Korea Master Chef.
The Singapore launch (26 September) will focus on Tasmanian seafood and involve Tetsuya Wakuda, an internationally renowned chef with strong culinary connections to Australia, cooking up a ‘Tasmania Seafood Seduction’ meal at his Waku Ghin restaurant at Marina Bay Sands.
One of Tasmania’s most well-known and award-winning tourism operators, Rob Pennicott, will also attend the Singapore launch.
Rob and his family operate a number of award-winning tours showcasing Tasmania, including a sea cruise where guests catch and then eat a delicious seafood feast which is accompanied with gourmet local produce and Tasmanian wines, boutique beers, ciders and juices.
The centrepiece of a week of ‘Restaurant Australia’ activity to support the Hong Kong launch, which took place last week, was an Aussie-inspired ‘long table’ lunch for 100 VIP guests and media prepared by renowned Australian chefs Ben O’Donohue and Eddie Cofie at popular harbour-front restaurant, Alfresco Lane.
Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, said Australia’s people, produce and place sat at the heart of its ‘Restaurant Australia’ campaign, as a way to demonstrate the country’s world class food and wine experiences to the world.
“Our aim is to demonstrate Australia’s culinary credentials on a global stage, and what better way to do it than harnessing our country’s best chefs, freshest produce and finest wines, all served up in the most iconic of Australian venues overseas,” he said.
Further information about the campaign strategy is available at http://www.tourism.australia.com/restaurantaustralia.
The City of Sydney’s plans to develop a working farm in the heart of the city have been backed by gardening and agricultural experts and community groups.
The City Farm, located in Sydney Park will provide farmers markets with fresh, locally-produced food, an urban fruit-filled orchard and sustainable educational programs.
Television gardening expert Costa Georgiadis congratulated the City on a fantastic initiative that will transform people’s understanding of local food production.
“This is one of the best developments to happen in Sydney in decades – every city should have a City Farm,” Costa said.
“This farm will be a legacy that will help reconnect people with local and seasonal food. It will become a well-loved place to understand how to grow food, cook it, preserve it and then share it in the heart of a thriving community. I’m on board this tractor for the long haul.”
Local landscape architect, Belinda Dods, said the City Farm would open up great opportunities for residents of all ages in the city.
“It’s so important for people to learn about the seasonality of food so this is a really great opportunity for hands-on learning in the heart of the city,” Ms Dods said.
President of Sydney City Farm Community Group Katy Svalbe said there is over 1,500 supporters for the City Farm on their mailing list, and around 2,000 more on social media.
“The Sydney Farm Community Group promotes the establishment of city farms for a green and sustainable future in urban Sydney,” she said.
“We support the establishment of a City Farm in Sydney Park and congratulate City of Sydney on the steps taken so far towards achieving the goal.”
Georgie Pollard is the owner of local café Concrete Coffee and said the City Farm would be a fantastic source for fresh, seasonal organic produce for businesses in the area.
“We buy local for several reasons – local producers are people you can get to know, and out of that relationship you get an understanding of the care that they put into their product,” Ms Pollard said.
“A City Farm will play a vital role in educating the community about the importance of locally grown food as well as supplying fresh fruit and vegies for local café owners like us.”
Brian Jones from the University of Sydney’s faculty of agriculture and environment said a community-oriented City Farm would be a real asset for Sydney Park and a valuable educational resource.
“The primary objective of the City Farm is to teach children and citizens about the challenges, realities and opportunities of food production,” he said.
“The City Farm will be a valuable educational resource to build community appreciation and understanding of the importance of agriculture. We look forward to working with the City Farm in the future.”
Murray Wilton from the Royal Agriculture Society of NSW said they fully support the City Farm which will play a vital role in agricultural education.
“Once children are engaged and focused on agriculture, they’re encouraged to investigate and become more aware of the industry.” Mr Wilton said.
“The Royal Agriculture Society of NSW aligns ourselves with selected organisations that will benefit agricultural education, and we believe the City Farm will do that.”
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the inner-city farm – allowing city folk the chance to step into country life – would cater for dozens of educational, community and cultural activities.
“We’ve worked closely with the community to develop this vision for a place where city people can engage with local and global ecological challenges in beautiful Sydney Park,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The City Farm has huge social, community and environmental benefits, offering our inner-city residents a taste of life on a farm, a place to forge new friendships, and the opportunity to learn more about how food is produced.
“With more people than ever living in the inner city and choosing to raise families here, the City Farm will be an important place for people to see where their food comes from – as well as the chance to grow their own – and find out more about living sustainably.”
Based at Sydney Park in St Peters, the City Farm will include:
– Gardens and an orchard producing fresh fruit and vegetables annually;
– A weekly organic farmers’ market;
– Composting and waste management programs;
– Regular sustainable lifestyle training and educational classes, and;
– Community volunteering opportunities.
The farm will initially be managed by the City of Sydney before becoming a not-for-profit community enterprise in the medium term.
For more information about City Farm, visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/city-farm.
To sign up for regular City Farm updates, visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/ city-farm.
Now in its 121st year, Marble Bar epitomises the opulent style of the long-forgotten Victorian era. The ornate venue features two vintage oversized mahogany bars, fourteen original Edwardian paintings, and elaborate plaster ceiling and, of course, over 100 tonnes of the world’s finest marble. Staying true to the historic space, the team at Marble Bar has personally curated a classic yet unique overall offering that is sure to please even the most discerning of patrons.
“Marble Bar truly is one of Sydney’s finest and most unique venues. We’re excited about the new direction that the bar is taking and are proud to offer an elegant space that is teamed with excellent service and an enviable food and beverage offering.” – says Hilton Sydney Hotel Manager, Felix Busch
The impeccably crafted cocktail list pays homage to all of the quintessential favorites of our time. From a perfectly balanced Martini to a refreshing Mint Julep, the recently developed list has everything you would come to expect from this world class venue.
Following suit, the menu has also raised the proverbial bar offering a stylish selection of savory treats. From delicious house marinated olives to mouthwatering mozzarella and parmesan arancini with preserved lemon mayonnaise, the dishes are ideal for sharing.
In keeping with the already solid reputation that Marble Bar has earned as one of Sydney’s premier live music venues, October will see a rotating roster of some of the country’s most talented and sought after bands taking to the stage. For a full line up, head to http://www.marblebarsydney.com.au
ABOUT MARBLE BAR
Tucked underneath the Hilton Sydney like a secret den, the landmark Marble Bar is a musical hub in the heart of the city. It’s a stylish setting to enjoy live artists in decadent
Victorian surrounds, whilst sampling premium beers, fine wine and classic cocktails. Built in 1893 Marble Bars opulent furnishings have been influenced by 15th Century Italian Renaissance features 35 different varieties of Italian, Belgian and African marble as well as stained glass doors and ceilings, ornate carved bars of mahogany and a gallery of 14 Julian Ashton paintings valued at an estimated $1.6 million AUD. Loved by generations past and present, Marble Bar is a completely unique Sydney spot, as experienced by Liza Minnelli, Wyclef Jean, Eve, Kelly Rowland, Mischa Barton, Ewan McGregor, Adam Lambert and Slash who have all partied amongst its breathtaking and original marble features.
Marble Bar, Underground, 488 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Nestled beneath the Kentia Palms and Banyan Forest of World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island is Australia’s prestigious luxury escape, Arajilla Retreat. The stunning retreat is a sanctuary of relaxation, treating guests with an experience to be truly rejuvenated by the island’s natural beauty, all while invigorating their tastes buds with Arajilla Restaurant’s unique sumptuous offerings.
From the freshly caught seafood from the surrounding pristine waters to local island ingredients, the true essence of Lord Howe Island is captured and reflected in every dish at the Arajilla restaurant. Local fish such as the Lord Howe Kingfish, Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo feature strongly, while the menu changes frequently to showcase the season’s latest delights.
Looking over the breathtaking scenery at sunset, guests are welcomed to enjoy pre-dinner aperitifs and canapés at the retreat’s casual yet elegant lounge before jumping into an authentic island foodie adventure.
Gastronomical talent and head chef, Dennis Tierney, cherishes the privilege to work with such fine Australian produce to create custom contemporary and sophisticated dishes that surprises the taste palettes of even the elite.
The restaurant offers an extensive list of Australian and New Zealand wines to accompany every mouthful and each meal is a definitive statement that Arajilla is fast becoming Australia’s ‘foodie’ escape of choice. While the resort draws on the allure of the island to revitalise one’s mind, body and soul, Arajilla creates food to transport its guests to an exclusive yet exciting culinary destination.
Lord Howe Island’s Arajilla restaurant is an emerging culinary gem in the South Pacific and is unquestionably a retreat for all the human senses.