Perth Good Food & Wine Show 2013

The Good Food & Wine Show is a non-negotiable event on the annual food calendar, and this year the organisers were generous enough to provide me with a media pass. As usual, I focussed mostly on the food as I’m not one for huge crowds and I find that there’s never enough time to do both food and wine justice before it gets really busy – next year I will definitely go on the Friday (although I say that every year). Unfortunately I didn’t get to attend any of the “satellite” events this year.

It was good to see some new exhibits although I was a little disappointed with the variety of food available to purchase, and interestingly the usual restaurant at the back was replaced with a couple of relatively simple food stalls. Moving around there’s plenty to taste to stave off the hunger, however – and of course lots to drink!

Here’s a selection of things I saw, tasted and bought on the day.

ashgrove

First stop: cheese alley for some tastings, starting with Ashgrove Farm from Tasmania. This is a popular section and gets busy very quickly.

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amici

So much to taste at Amici Fine Foods! I was thrilled to find double gloucester with onion & chives for sale, one of my favourite cheeses that’s really hard to find in Australia.

cheeseMy cheese haul. I also bought some of Ashgrove’s herb & garlic butter which went really nicely with tonight’s broccolini!

popchips

There were some eye-catching new stands which were a welcome addition. Didn’t think much of their product, unfortunately.

milking

He was actually milking this. I don’t know how, why or what, but he was.

fairycakes

A lovely display from Fairy Cakes Perth.

fpyum

Plenty of equipment – and action later in the day – at the Fisher & Paykel Yum kitchen.

jpsancho

Some stunning breads, pastries and macarons from Jean Pierre Sancho.

rozas

Roza’s Gourmet Sauces from Brisbane was the find of the day for me.

rozas4

I bought some Roza’s garlic aioli, habanero chilli mayonnaise and fiery “inferno” chilli sauce. Really nice products.

maggiebeer

Lots to buy at the Maggie Beer shop.

fudge

You can never have too much fudge. Loved their choc-mint.

chocome

This handmade chocolate from chocoMe in Adelaide features fine chocolate and luxury ingredients including 23 karat edible gold. Not cheap at $15 a block, but this isn’t intended for a casual nibble and would make a great gift.

maison

Macarons and more from Perth’s own Maison Saint-Honore – their salted caramel macarons are so hard to resist, and of course I came home with a selection. Note the Aussie flag on the back wall made from over 5,000 macarons!

mondo

Plenty of action at Mondo Butchers, including wagyu steak burgers for sale.

miguel

Miguel Maestre in action.

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bratwurst

Anyone for Bratwurst?

ss

Wonder which one’s which?

kapaipuku

I’m not quite sure what this was, and I didn’t ask!

smoke

What else can I say…Roll on 2014!!

About the author

Martin

Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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