The James Street Food and Wine Trail is on again, kicking off a week-long epicurean adventure on August 3rd, with pop-up bars and restaurants, live cooking demonstrations, food stalls, and a very special collection of one-off dinners. Whether you're a serious gourmand, or a casual food appreciator, there is sure to be something to excite you happening along the Trail. Check out the full program of events here.
This year The Urban List is teaming up with a few James Street locals and putting on a selection of sumptuous dinner soirees in celebration of good food (and even better drink). The Urban List Dinner Series, spread over four great dinners from the 6th to the 8th of August, is a celebration of the best local ingredients and the finest wines. Here's our hit list of the dinners we think every die-hard foodie must do this Food Trail:
Tuesday 6th August
Gerard's | Join the Gerard's team for a delightful degustation, matched perfectly with stunning Barossa wines from the esteemed Torbreck winery. Sample the 2009 Runrig and The Bothie Frontignac, while a representative from Torbreck talks you through each wine. With five deliciously Gerard's-esque courses, each thoughtfully paired with a superb vintage, these tickets are going to fly, so be sure to contact Gerard's to reserve a spot. Tickets are $115, which includes the full degustation and wines.
Wednesday 7th August
Harveys | The folks at Harveys know a sure-fire way to make an evening special is to pull out the Pol Roger. And for this one evening on the 7th of August they will be doing just that, pairing four delightful courses with an exciting and varied assortment of Pol Roger vintages and offering diners a unique champagne masterclass with Bernadette O'shea, internationally awarded champagne consultant.
To compliment the champagne is a menu to die for, with grilled asparagus and beurre noisette, pan-fried snapper with champagne, chives, and truffle, and quail with spice-roasted quince making an appearance. They've even paired a heavenly Brut Vintage with a baked vanilla custard and gingerbread ice cream. This night is set to be bubbles paradise and we highly recommend you nab yourself a flute at this table. Tickets are on sale now for $195 per person, and you can contact Harveys to reserve yourself a spot. RSVP by the 1st of August.
Press | Press, in collaboration with Taste Trekkers Cooking School, are going global for one night of cooking mastery, as they invite you to taste your way around the world, all from the comfort of Press's pop-up cooking school under the stars (and the heaters!) on James Street. The night will comprise four very different cuisines, matched with four iconic drinks, as you learn to cook six moreish street food dishes.
There's the Japanese chicken karaage teamed with warm sake, the Peruvian pisco sour and a crunchy pork chicherone (that's heavenly pork crackling to those of you not from Peru), Spanish tapas matched with tinto de verano, and, our pick of the line up, Vietnamese fried chicken wings and crunchy banh xeo pancakes, stuffed with prawns and fresh herbs, and washed down with a Vietnamese brew. But if you want to take part in this education you had better be quick, places are limited to twenty lucky foodies. Book a ticket to this tasty trek here.
Note: If you book a group of 5 to this tasty event you'll receive a free cooking class with Taste Trekkers – It's win/win!
Thursday 8th August
Bucci | How can you make dinner at Bucci even better? Just add truffles. This celebration of the finest and freshest truffles is hosted in collaboration with The Truffle Man, award winning truffle providore. The dinner is a lengthy degustation spanning 4 courses and canapés, with each truffle-inspired course matched perfectly with Italian wines. Tickets are $130 and can be purchased here. Or, alternatively, contact the Bucci team to reserve a seat.
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