Attention all foodies and wine connoisseurs (so really, just about everyone in Melbourne) – The Good Food & Wine Show is just under two weeks away. Taking place at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, more than 30,000 visitors are expected to partake in the three-day culinary crusade to discover Australia's premier producers.
1. Take a Masterclass
Adriano Zumbo headlines the Masterclasses and will perform Patissier wizardry to demonstrate how to create his famous Zumbarons. Over two hours, Zumbo will take participants through the step-by-step process of how to master meringue and perfect ganache.
Other Masterclasses on offer include the Barilla Masterclass in Pasta Sauce, where you can learn to craft authentic Italian sauce that will be the envy of every nonna in town, and the Cheese Masterclass, which will showcase the love affair between cheese and wine as well as the latest trends in Australian cheese making. (Fromage fan? Check out our story on Melbourne's best cheese shops).
Note: Masterclasses are not included in the price of the entry ticket and range from $20 to $99.
2. Fight for a front row seat at Good Food Theatre
Over 45 minutes, each chef will cook a three-course meal, sharing hints on how to get it right along the way. Yes, that's right. Three courses in 45 minutes is possible!
3. Meet regional producers with Matt Moran
If you're a fan of Matt Moran's Paddock to Plate on Foxtel's LifeStyle FOOD channel, you're going feel like you've stepped onto the set of an episode during his Paddock to Plate presentations.
The celebrity chef has handpicked his favourite Australian producers to showcase produce you're not going to see on the supermarket shelf.
If you've ever wondered how to milk a salmon or make honey, then this is the place to be. Mark Fox from Yarra Valley Caviar will provide a full demonstration of the milking process complete with fresh salmon in hand, while Walkabout Honey will bring a hive of bees to explain the honey-making procedure.
4. Sample street treats in the Grazing Garden
A mini food festival will pop-up in the Grazing Garden, whereby five of Melbourne's top food trucks will park up and dish out their delicacies.
Former Cumulus Inc. chef, Casey Norman, will be slaving over the stove in the Trailer Made truck where vegie Fatayer and Turlu Turlu will be on the menu. Over at Banh Mi Boys they'll be serving up, you guessed it, their Bangin' Baguettes (some of Melbourne's best banh mi) and Best Mate Salads, while Yoghurt Culture will add some sweets to the mix with their selection of frozen yoghurts, smoothies and slushies.
To top it all off you'll be able to wash down your meal with a drink from the bar and jig to live entertainment.
5. Sip your way across Australia at Riedel Wine Theatre
Australia is home to some of the best wine regions in the world, and at the Riedel Wine Theatre, aspiring sommeliers will be given a crash course in wine appreciation by industry expert, Nick Ryan.
From Rose to Riesling, bubbles to Chardonnay, there are ten 30-minute sessions to choose from across the three days, where you'll be introduced to six types of wine.
6. Don't forget the exhibitors!
Sure, it will be hard not to get side-tracked by the likes of Matt Moran and Adriano Zumbo, but it will be well worth browsing through the 300-odd exhibitors on show.
There'll be producers specialising in tomatoes, tea, peanut butter, pies, cider, beer and sugar free delights, not to mention homewares and appliances, and the list goes on…
And finally, a tip from Good Food & Wine Show Director, Claire Back – pick up a shopping trolley and don't eat before you go!
The Good Food & Wine Show will take place from 30th May to 1st June. For more information and to purchase tickets visit the website.
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