The Good Food & Wine Show is essentially the culmination of what happens when you give Australia’s foodie community the best produce and permission to create whatever the hell they want, really. Picture a bunch of local foodies going mad in Willy Wonka’s factory for a few days and you’re on the right track. So you can throw those misconceptions of it being a boring exhibition out the door, then.
If wine ice cream, smelly cheese, pizza masterclasses, and just eating a bunch of delicious food with expertly matched wine is your kind of thing, then the Good Food & Wine Show has your name written all over it.
Look, you could go in unprepared, shut your eyes, spin in a circle, and have an amazing time at whatever stall you land on, but, the best magic happens when you get more strategic about things and secure tickets to this year’s best events—hence, this guide.
Now, let’s get planning!
Learn How To Make Negroni Spiders
Spiders may feel very ~Women's Weekly Cook Book~, but rest assured with the addition of Negroni, these are anything but. At the Perfect Serve Cocktail Class, West Winds Gin will share their Negroni spider recipe and even a salted caramel espresso martini, plus you get a set of Spiegelau glasses with your tickets to recreate your new signature cocktail recipe at home.
Wine Ice Cream—Yes, Wine Ice Cream
Vinomofo is not only nailing the online wine space (this is a snob-free zone, thank you very much), but they’re also bringing out WINE ICE CREAM. Nope, this isn’t a drill—it’s the real deal, folks. So, mosey on down to Vinomofo’s Adventure Park and prepare to meet your new favourite food, ever. Oh, and the ice cream is free too. What a bunch of legends.
Toast To This Champagne Bar!
There’s no aphrodisiac like…Champagne? The Champagne Taittinger Bar is where you’ll find us at this year’s Good Food and Wine Show. Why? Because they’re dishing out flutes of bubbles just because they love you.
Get A Taste Of Korea
Korean food is having a moment right now, and for that we're eternally grateful because, to be honest, kim chi is life. This masterclass will give you a taste of legit, authentic Korean food. You'll be able to watch Korean chef C.H. Shin create two seriously delicious dishes, and of course, taste the dishes.
Pizza Masterclasses With The Master
It’s a pretty well-known fact that 400 Gradi are the masterminds behind Australia’s absolute best pizza, so it only makes sense that they would share his secrets in a pizza masterclass, for the greater good of the pizza-loving population. We’re talking dough technique, flour ratios, topping selection—you know, all the most important things in life.
The Smelly Cheese Project Does Brisbane
The Smelly Cheese Project are a bunch of our mates from an Adelaide-based cheese shop who appreciate the finer things in life, like smelly cheese, obvs. And because shouting your love for things from the rooftops is very blasé, they’re doing smelly cheese ‘journeys’ instead, which we think is just as good. And there are matched wines, which is always appreciated. Count us in.
Wine Appreciation, Finally!
Let’s just pretend for a second that we don’t treat every single day as Wine Appreciation Day because the Riedel Drinks Lab are throwing free wine appreciation classes each day of the Good Food & Wine Show.
Eat Your Way Through The Ultimate Cheesy Pop-Up
If you've got friends in Sydney, have been to Sydney, or have any sense you'll be familiar with Salts Meats Cheese: one of the most delicious, cheesy meccas in the world. And it's popping up in Brisbane before their flagship Queensland store opens. So if you're after a sneak peek at what heaven tastes like, get along to this pop-up at EAT, presented by the Citibank Dining Program.
See Celebrity Chefs IRL
If the Food Channel isn't your life, you're obviously either lying or just a lot cooler than us. The Good Food Theatre will be bringing some of our fave celeb chefs to the stage, including Luke Nguyen, Matt Moran, George Calombaris, Miguel Maestre, and Neill Anthony (he's cooked for Madonna and Elton John, NBD) so grab a ticket and be prepared to be star struck.
Hungry? Of course you are! Our tip is to opt for a VIP ticket to secure yourself a goodie bag, unlimited drinks in the VIP bar, express entry, and reserved seating in the theatre—but, general admission tickets are also available, so there is no excuse to miss out.
Image credit: Images provided by The Good Food & Wine Show.
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