The Swan Valley’s premier food and wine festival, Entwined in the Valley, is back from November 4-6 and will be be headlined by “Punk Princess of Pastry” Anna Polyviou.
Hosted by the City of Swan, the three-day event beings togther a host of top chefs, winemakers and local producers to highlight the delights of the region.
Entwined in the Valley also celebrates the Swan Valley’s ongoing commitment to supporting the welfare of animals and producing high quality, healthier, tastier food. In 2014, the Valley was named the first Humane Food Region in Australia.
Fans of Masterchef will know Polyviou from this year’s series when contestants had to make an ‘Anna’s Mess’ dessert – a take on the traditional Eton Mess, as a pressure test. The complicated dessert takes a mind boggling 74 steps to create.
The well-known chef is also recognised for transforming Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel pastry team three years ago and developing its in-demand dessert degustation, which currently boasts a 200 strong wait-list at $195 a head. She has also worked at Claridges in London and with renowned Parisian chocolatier Pierre Hermé.
The festival’s much loved Entwined Degustation Dinner will take place on Sunday, November 6 at Mandoon Estate Winery, and guests will be treated to a selection of Polyviou’s sublime desserts including an “Anna’s Mess”, as well as dishes from local food superstars Kiren Mainwaring of Co-Op Dining (formerly of Dear Friends), Hadleigh Troy of Restaurant Amuse in East Perth and Michael Hartnell of Mandoon Estate, as part of an expertly prepared seven course menu.
Polyviou follows in the footsteps of a string of talented chefs who have cooked at the degustation dinner, including Matt Moran and George Calombaris. She will also host an Anna’s Mess Masterclass at Caversham House as part of the Festival.
Friday, November 4
Entwined in the Valley kicks off from 6-9pm at Lancaster Wines with Shanks and Shiraz. Enjoy a mouthwatering selection of slow cooked lamb shanks washed down with some of Lancaster Wine’s finest reds. Tickets and more information from www.lancasterwines.com.au
Also on Friday, there will be an Asparagus Master Class at Edgecombe Brothers where you can pick your own fresh asparagus from the field, then cook and enjoy it with a glass of sparkling wine in the sunshine. The masterclass runs from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Tickets are $55 per person, tickets at www.entwinedinthevalley.com.au
Enjoy a Sparkling Evening at Harris Organic Wines where you can celebrate the weekend and the end of pruning with a few sparkling wines and nibbles as owner Duncan demonstrates hand disgorging. Guests will be able to taste the wine before dosage and after, as the final result. The evening runs from 5pm to 7pm. For tickets, visit www.harrisorganicwine.com.au
Saturday, November 5
On Saturday the ever popular Easels at Entopia event is back. Let your creative juices flow with some delightful wines from Entopia Wines as you put brush to canvas and create your masterpiece. This event was hugely popular last year, so book early to avoid disappointment. The class runs from 10am to 1pm. Find tickets and information at www.cabernetandcanvas.com.au
Also on Saturday, lovers of sparkling wines will appreciate the Seafood and Sparkling afternoon at The Nest Food & Wine Bar at Sittella Wines. Celebrate Spring with Sittella’s premium sparkling wines, all made using the traditional French method. Wines will be paired with an array of fine cocktail seafood and fabulous music for a wonderful afternoon in the sunshine from 11.30am to 2.30pm. Find tickets at www.sittella.com.au
Soak up the gorgeous spring weather at Lamont’s Swan Valley’s annual Spring Fest – where you can roam the restaurant and vineyard with a glass of wine in hand, enjoy a gourmet barbecue and listen to live music in the sunshine from 12 to 4pm. Tickets at www.lamonts.com.au
Unwined @ The Cheese Barrel. Been working too hard? Need to Unwined? We have just the tonic at The Cheese Barrel, where you can watch the sun go down with a glass of Olive Farm Wines, listen to some cool tunes and enjoy abundant cheese from a delightful selection of local and imported options from 6pm to 8pm. Find tickets at www.thecheesebarrel.com.au
Walk in and chill out to some cool Jazz tunes at Riverbank Estate from popular musician Cathrine Summers who will take you through the classics from the roaring 20s to modern Jazz icons. A newcomer to the Entwined Festival, Jazz at Riverbank is the perfect way to spend your Saturday afternoon kicking off at 12 noon. Visit www.riverbankestate.com.au for tickets.
See the Swan Valley ‘Unearthed’ as you get together with top local personalities including Antonio Battistessa, Vincenzo Velletri, Dale Tilbrook and Kate Lamont in a “secret” Swan Valley location. You’ll be shown traditional methods of cooking local produce that plays to each of their personal histories, stories and passions. A long table dinner filled with grandeur. $190 per person. For more information, visit www.entwinedinthevalley.com.au
Full details of Entwined in the Valley events and tickets are available at www.entwinedinthevalley.com.au