The Taste of Great Italian Food at Norton Street Festa

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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 –

http://www.nortonstreetfesta.com.au

The Star Sydney Serves Up a Taste Sensation for Good Food Month

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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.

Bar Hop
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.

Serving Up ‘Restaurant Australia’ Around the World

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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.

Sydney to open – City Farm Project

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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.

Marble Bar at the Hilton Sydney- Celebrating the Revival of an Iconic Classic…

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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

T: (02) 9265 6072 / E: drink@marblebarsydney.com.au / W: http://www.marblebarsydney.com.au

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marblebarsydney

Arajilla – A Culinary Retreat for the Tastebuds

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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.

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

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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.

 

ENDS

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

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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.

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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

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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

http://www.melbourne.park.hyatt.com

Underground Cooking in the Heart of the City

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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
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