Sydney-based celebrity chefs Colin Fassnidge and Miguel Maestre will head a line-up of chefs who will cook and make appearances at up to 50 events at Taste Great Southern over three weekends and two weeks from Thursday March 23 to Sunday April 9, 2017. The event will be the 13th year of what has grown to be Australia’s biggest food and wine event.
As well as the events in the Great Southern, centred around the port city of Albany, an event will also be held in Perth to show off produce from the Great Southern.
Living Room co-host on Channel 10, Miguel Maestre will be making appearances to kick off the celebrations. He will be appearing at Rockcliffe Night Market with Anna Gare on Friday, March 24 from 5pm to 8pm at Rockcliffe Winery, Denmark; on Saturday, March 25 he will be making various public appearances including a meet and greet in Albany; on Sunday, March 26 from noon to 3.30pm he will be at Lunch by the Lake at The Lake House Denmark.
Other prominent food and wine personalities taking part in Taste Great Southern include WA’s own celebrity chef Anna Gare, prominent WA chefs Don Hancey, Paul Iskov, Kiren Mainwaring, Amy Hamilton, Russell Blaikie, David Coomer and Scott Brannigan and Sydney based wine guru Mike Bennie, along with the hosting skills of WA personality Verity James and many more.
Restaurant owner and My Kitchen Rules judge Colin Fassnidge will make appearances during the final week of the event. Fassnidge will be a guest at the Lake House Denmark Soiree, a cocktail function by the lake on Friday April 7; at Albany Wine & Food Festival on Saturday April 8, with cooking demonstrations at noon, 1.30pm and 3pm; and a degustation lunch with 3drops wine at Garrison Restaurant on Sunday April 9 from noon to 3.30pm.
The Great Southern region of Western Australia represents one of the most diverse and engaging food and wine regions in the country. Located along the pristine southern coastline and expanding into the farming hinterland it includes major centres Albany, Denmark, Mt Barker, Kojonup and Katanning.
The timing for this year’s Taste Great Southern has been planned to fall just prior to the school holiday and Easter breaks and provide an opportunity for people to visit the region in the prime autumn period. Events will include festivals, markets, degustation dinners and lunches, wine tasting, beer, coffee and spirit sessions, food and wine pairing, masterclasses and community events.
- Fervor & Skyhook Helicopters Picnic on Breaksea Island (Friday, March 31, 10am to 3pm). An exclusive 15 minute scenic helicopter flight to Breaksea Island, you will have the chance to experience Albany like never before. On arrival expect a two hour period of exploring with the finest local beer or wine in hand and canapés provided by Fervor focusing on native Australian ingredients. Sit back and enjoy the view, whilst learning more about the mysteries of the Island.
- Rockcliffe Night Market (Friday March 24, 5pm to 8pm). Brings the best of Great Southern produce together in a market atmosphere on their beautiful cellar door lawns. Meet local producers, enjoy cooking displays from Miguel Maestre and Anna Gare and savour local delicacies to eat and take home in this free family friendly Taste Great Southern event.
- Liberte Garden Party (Saturday, March 25, 6pm to 11pm). Chef Amy Hamilton, Must Wine Bar’s Russell Blaikie and internationally renowned wine writer Mike Bennie will help lead guests down the garden path at the Liberte at the London Hotel in Albany to indulge in a picnic style long table BBQ feast that showcases the new wave of Great Southern food and wine producers doing great things from their own back yard.
- In The Raw (Sunday March 26, 2.30pm to 4.30pm). Wine guru Mike Bennie teams up with chef Russell Blaikie and local shell fisherman Robert Michael showcasing Great Southern Shellfish matched with premium whites from the region at the Emu Point Boat Harbour.
- Junkyard Feast (Saturday April 1, 6pm to 9.30pm). Enjoy a gourmet banquet in the rustic setting of Wilsons WA’s amazing artisan setting of old trucks and wrecks as a backdrop to some of the finest fare of the region. Rustic fine dining could never be better in one of the highlights of the festival.
- Albany Farmers Market (Saturday April 8, 8am to noon). Real farmers from their farms down the road come and sell fresh produce they have grown or reared themselves. On offer is a huge range of the very freshest seasonally available fruits, vegetables, farmed meat, dairy, cheese, fish, seafood and much more all from the Great Southern Region of Western Australia.
- Albany Wine and Food Festival (Saturday April 8, 11am to 6pm). Celebrate the wine and food of the Great Southern at Eyre Park on Middelton Road Albany, with a range of great wine, local food, craft beers, spirits and more. Enjoy live music and sideshow coffee sessions. Chef Colin Fassnidge will share his inspiration from local produce at cooking demonstrations and there will be wine seminar sessions.
- Galafrey Wines, celebrating 40 years (Sunday April 9, 1pm to 3pm). Galafrey Wines, established in 1977 is celebrating 40 years in the wine business. Join them on the fabulous verandah with their famous view matching fantastic wines with local produce and celebrity chef. A great long table lunch, hear the stories, learn the history and be a part of this great journey with this family winery.
There will also be spectacular regional events on offer:
- Katanning Harmony Festival (Saturday March 18, 1pm to 7pm). The Katanning Harmony Festival showcases the positive aspects of Katanning’s cultural diversity. This is achieved through the community coming together to offer a festival that promises colour, culture, connection and excitement where participants experience something different, learn something new and taste something delicious. Come check out the free multicultural entertainment, flag & fashion parade, international food village, kids zone and market stalls & displays.
- Taste of Gnowangerup (Friday, March 31, 6.00pm – 9.00pm). Their country themed fine dining event will showcase a range of fresh locally sourced produce. The evening will be relaxed and sociable, and guests will enjoy a 3 course meal cooked and presented by Kiren Mainwaring.
- Taste of Great Southern Perth (Saturday April 1, noon to 4pm). A showcase of the region at Perth’s State Buildings featuring fine wine tasting, regional produce in a celebration of the best Great Southern has to offer.
- Farm Flavours (Saturday, April 1, 11.00am – 3.00pm). Expect the unexpected. A long table lunch in a relaxed feast of the senses in the beautiful surroundings of the Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre with Kiren Mainwaring.
For more information go to http://www.tastegreatsouthern.com.au