This year’s Good Food and Wine Show promises to be every bit as good as its predecessors. Due to open its doors in Brisbane on October 17th, there’s going to be plenty of food, drink and fun over the 3 day event. You’ll find plenty to explore and discover in a chilled out atmosphere, whether you simply want to sample the delights on offer or you’re keen to take part in a masterclass. You’ll get the chance to chat with local farmers, winemakers and producers, and find out exactly how they bring some of Australia’s finest produce to your tables each and every day.
At this year’s show you’ll find a new addition, Artisan Alley, where there will be a range of Queensland labels that you’re unlikely to find in any supermarket. A selection of the finest food artisans from the area will be waiting to introduce you to some new culinary delights, which we’re sure will become must have items for your store cupboard.
Perhaps one of the most favourite parts of the show is the live cookery demonstrations. This year, you’ll find the Laucke Creative Kitchen, staffed by Sammy & Bella of ‘My Kitchen Rules’ who are ready to whip up some tasty meals using produce from the show itself. The Good Food Theatre is back again, hosted by Chef Alistair McLeod and showcasing professionals such as Matt Moran, Maggie Beer and Miguel Maestre, who can’t wait to show you how to cook some amazing recipes and share some insider tips and tricks with you.
For those of you who prefer to get your hands messy, Adriano Zumbo will teach you the secrets of his famous Zumbarons in a two-hour masterclass presented by Kenwood. If you’ve ever wondered how to make melt-in-the-mouth macarons, now is your time to learn.
When the watching gets too much, it’s time to tuck into some tasty tucker at the Grazing Garden, a new feature of the show where famed food trucks from the Brisbane area, such as That BBQ Joint, Siguenos and The Bun Mobile, will all gather together to dish up some of the most delicious food on wheels. This is the place to chill out and relax with your mates as you find out exactly why their food has become so famous.
If wine is more your thing, stop off at Riedel Wine Bar and catch an inspiring class led by Wine Australia’s Industry expert, Aaron Brasher. Whether you simply like a tipple at weekends or you fancy yourself as a wine connoisseur, you’re sure to learn something new. You’ll find wine appreciation sessions at the Cellar Door, and there’ll be the usual masterclasses in Dan Murphy’s Discovery Zone.
For beer and cider drinkers, Dan Murphy’s Beer and Cider Hall is the place to be, especially as this year it’s hosted by Australia’s very own beer diva, Kirrily Waldhorn.
As in previous years, you’ll find all your favourite stands which make the show so popular, including the perennial favourite – The Chef’s Table. Instead of just watching the chefs on the box, you can get up close and personal and see them prepare three course meals (which of course, you’ll get the chance to taste), and get to know all about the produce they use in their recipes. They’ll also show you how to match our delicious Australian wines to their menus.
Cheese Alley by Tucker’s Natural is also a favourite among show-goers, and this year will be no exception. This is the place where you’ll find all the best boutique cheese makers and producers under one roof. You’ll get the chance to try before you buy, and learn more about how they’re made, the ingredients used and the best way to eat them. What could be better than cheese tasting? All those delicious flavours just waiting to be savoured, especially when combined with a good glass of Australian plonk.
You’ll also find some of the finest coffee connoisseurs, from big brand names such as Nespresso through to the Byron Bay Coffee Company and Chiasso.
Of course, if you really want to make your visit to the Good Food and Wine show something extra special, then a visit to the VIP room is a must. This year it promises to be more exclusive and more impressive than ever. By purchasing a VIP celebration pass, you’ll get access to the VIP area where you’ll find complimentary drinks, canapés, and probably a few famous culinary faces too.
This year’s show is being held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre with tickets starting at $26, although children under 12 can enter for free.