One week to go until Taste of Sydney!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The countdown is on for the year’s most anticipated foodie event, Taste of Sydney. In just one week, over 20,000 Sydneysiders are expected to awaken their taste buds while the Brazilian Fields at Sydney’s Centennial Parklands is transformed into a foodie heaven.

From 10-13 March, 14 of the city’s top restaurants will showcase their signature dishes alongside the city’s top wineries, producers and exhibitors. With a tasting menu of 50 sample sized dishes, guests have the opportunity to create their dream degustation and fall in love with some of the best Sydney has to offer.

Top ten picks for Taste of Sydney 2011:
  1. Italian Piazza – New to Taste of Sydney in 2011, the Italian Piazza invites you to experience the forefront of Sydney’s Italian cuisine. Sample dishes from top Italian eateries such as King Salmon Carpaccio from the infamous Otto Ristorante, Acquarello Risotto from Ormeggio at the Spit, or Steamed Mussels from Omerta & A Tavola. The Piazza is also home to the finest selection of Italian producers including Sanpellegrino, Barilla and more.
  2. Bilsons & Number One Wine Bar – Widely renowned as the ‘Godfather’ of Sydney’s culinary scene, Tony Bilson will make his Taste of Sydney debut with the eponymous Bilson’s restaurant and Number One. Trade your crowns for a taste sensation of Apple Tarte Tartin and Calvados Crème Anglais – a dish that is sure to be a hit!
  3. Victor Churchill – Australia’s largest meat wholesaler, Victor Churchill, will be returning to Taste of Sydney with an enticing BBQ of the finest cuts of mouth watering meat. Visitors will also have the chance to purchase top quality imported gourmet dry goods, delicious packaged desserts, and choose from a large selection of their renowned premium quality meats.
  4. ‘Hav-O’ cocktail – Offered for the first time since premiering on Oprah’s Australian Adventures, Sagatiba introduces ‘Hav-O’ cocktail – the refreshing drink that is sure to become Australia’s next iconic cocktail.
  5. Otto Bar – Enjoy the full Otto experience within an elegant bar space, specially created for Taste of Sydney visitors. Take a short break amongst a lively musical backdrop while sipping on the bitter sweet taste of an Aperol Spritzer.
  6. Aperitif Discover the newest restaurant venture from renowned chefs Manu Feildel and Miguel Maestre. See the pair side by side as Miguel brings back his infamous servings of Paella a la Maestre at Aperitif, while celebrity chef Manu tempts the taste buds with a slow cooked shoulder of lamb at L’etoile.
  7. Bitton Gourmet – Celebrating their 10th birthday, Bitton Gourmet’s French inspired salad dressings, jams and chutneys will be on offer at Taste of Sydney. Experience their range of renowned preserves, dished up on sumptuous French crepes.
  8. Regal King Salmon – From wood roasted to mixed pepper and spice, there is something for everyone at the Regal Salmon stand. Raised in the Marlborough Sounds in some of the world’s purest waters, their award winning salmon is one not to be missed!
  9. Australian Gourmet Traveller Chefs Table – Ever wondered about the secrets of the infamous Snow Egg? Join special guest chef Peter Gilmore, plus Mark Best and the Taste of Sydney chefs for an informal chat and a glass of wine at the Australian Gourmet Traveller Chef’s Table.
  10. De Dietrich Cooking School – Learn ‘The Art of Pastry Cooking’ from award winning pastry chef, Vincent Gadan, along with his team of experts at Patisse. Visitors will take part in a hands-on cooking class to learn the tradition of baking and more.


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The Future Makers

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Australian Wines for the 21st Century

Well known Australian Wine writer Max Allen has just released his latest book titled “The Future Makers”. Faced with the unprecedented challenges of over supply, global financial turmoil and climate change, Australia’s finest grape growers and wine makers are beginning to think long term and in the process starting to better understand the unique relationship they hold with the land.

Within The Future Makers the reader will find extended discussions of the current issues moulding Australia’s wine makers along with an exploration of the issues and challenges facing the countries grape growers. This book takes the reader around the country on a journey introducing the areas and people shaping Australia’s wine industry of the future.

Regional chapters feature feature in-depth profiles of top winemakers, both those that are upholding the industries priceless traditions and those that are at the cutting edge of innovation.


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Sydney Food & Wine Fair – Celebrating ‘20 Years of Giving’

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Sydney’s most famous food and beverage establishments will once again gather in Hyde Park North on October 30th, 2010 from 12-5pm; donating their time, effort, skills and produce to help create the Sydney Food & Wine Fair – this year celebrating 20 years of giving.

The annual foodie event is part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival. Each year it teases the taste buds of those who flock to experience the signature dishes of some Sydney’s most renowned restaurants whilst enjoying a glass of wine from their favourite vineyard.

Add a sparkling splash of entertainment in the splendour of Hyde Park North and you’ve got the perfect social setting in which to sit back, relax and spoil the senses.

This 20th anniversary year is already creating excitement, with Café Sydney, Flying Fish, Wildfire, Bourke St Bakery, Otto Ristorante, Longrain, Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, Quay, Jimmy Liks, Jonah’s, Sailors Thai, Tempus Two, De Bortoli Wines, Brown Brothers and Parker’s Organic Juices happily lined up to participate.

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Fosters Wine Business Now Known As Treasury Wine Estates

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Managed as four regional businesses in Australia and New Zealand, The Americas, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia. Treasury Wine Estates will become the new identity for the Foster’s Group Limited global wine business. Bringing together 12,000 hectares of vineyards, 20 wineries and 50 wine brands, Treasury Wine Estates will have some of the most popular and collected wines from Australia, California, France, Italy and New Zealand under its umbrella. With sales totalling over 35 million cases of wine annually, and revenues of over AU$2 billion Treasury Wine Estates employs over 4,000 winemakers, viticulturists, sales, distribution and support staff across in 12 countries.


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RIP Thomas Angrove – Inventor Of The Wine Cask

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The ABC has reported that Thomas Angrove a South Australian winemaker and the inventor of the Wine Cask has unfortunately passed away aged 92.

The wine cask has a rich history being first patented back in 1965 by Thomas Angrove, although the early models required the consumer to cut a corner of the bladder first to access the wine inside. All this ended though in 1967 when Penfolds Wines patented a plastic air tight tap which provided the missing piece of technology to achieve boxed wine perfection.

Ever since the humble wine cask has grown in popularity. Large wineries loved the cask from its inception as it is inexpensive, easier to transport, handle and more environmentally friendly when compared with glass bottles. Whilst consumers loved the convenience, value for money, the awesome effect up to 40 standard drinks can have on a person and the fact the bladder could be blown up and used as a pillow for a little lay down after a long day of merry making.

For years wowsers and do-gooders have decried the ever affordable wine cask as the downfall of society. Legions of young people on the other hand have always appreciated its low low price and its ability to be carried easily to any far away house party.

This notoriety has elevated the wine cask to a special place in the hearts of generations leading to its own nicknames such as goon bag, the Redfern briefcase, chateau cardboard, and the Penrith handbag. The wine cask has even allowed Australians to advance in the arena of backyard sporting with the great time (and people) wasters Goon of Fortune otherwise known as Wheel of Goon and slap the bag.

R.I.P Thomas Angrove people across the world salute your contribution to the alcoholic arts.

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