The Good Food & Wine show is an annual event that celebrates the diverse Australian culinary landscape, featuring exhibitors from Australia and around the world. It’s a great opportunity to learn from the experts, indulge in some wine tasting, and sample and purchase delicious products from a range of new and established exhibitors. What I enjoy most about the Good Food & Wine Show is some of the free masterclasses on offer, and being introduced to new produce and exhibitors.
The eventwas a lot more packed than last years’ (I also went on a Saturday) so it was a bit of a task manouvering through some of the busier areas (i.e. the Cheese Alley and Barossa Wine section), however with some patience, I think I did manage to cover almost everything!
Highlights (General Admission Ticket)
The Cellar Door (Masterclass)
This was one of the free classes with six different wine tasting sessions throughout the day. I attended the ‘Regional Focus – Barossa Valley’ session that was run by the Australian Gourmet Traveller wine writer and contributor, Nick Ryan, where we were given a brief history lesson about the Barossa Valley wine region and how to taste and appreciate several wine varieties (i.e. Riesling, Grenache, Shiraz). Nick’s advice on how to pair riesling was simple and to the point – it goes well with anything you can squeeze a lemon on.
I was blown away by the soft butter caramel from Caramelicious, a new exhibitor that has won numerous awards for their delicious, soft, creamy caramel. One of the best caramels I have ever tasted. (In fact, I am eating this as I write!)
Cupcake frosting at Dyson
Everyone loved the free cupcake frosting and decorating at Dyson, and aside from the fact that the buttercream was delicious, it’s always fun when you get to participate in an interactive event!
That’s Amore Mozzarella Bar
One of the highlights from the Cheese Alley was the Mozzarella Bar by award winning cheese maker That’s Amore. The Canolli was superb.
The aroma from truffle oil and mushrooms can be hard to ignore, so even though I was pretty tired by the end of the day, I couldn’t resist the Melbourne Truffle Sandwich (with a three cheese blend, truffled mushrooms, truffle oil and truffle salt).
Pressing Provenance offers a great selection of sweet and savoury gourmet toasties and doesn’t go light on the cheese!
The Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show runs until Monday, 7 June 2015. If you won’t be able to make this one, there’s also the Perth, Sydney and Brisbane show coming up! http://goodfoodshow.com.au