It's no secret that Melburnians love a good food festival – I mean, what's better than being surrounded by the best food and wine producers that Victoria has to offer, devouring delicious treats as you go? (Answer: not much!)
Officially kicking off yesterday, Tastes of Central Geelong is the latest food festival to get us excited – not to mention salivating – with over 180 fabulous foodie activities planned.
Running 'til the 27th of July, there's plenty to see, do, and of course, EAT at Tastes of Central Geelong. Take your pick from dinners at the region's top restaurants, lip-smacking street eats from a host of food trucks, cooking classes, competitions, and more, all located an easy one-hour drive from Melbourne's CBD.
Children get to take part in all the foodie fun too, with plenty of family-friendly activities on offer at Tastes. Something to keep them fed and entertained?! Can't say no to that!
If you're not sure where to start, never fear! We've put together the ultimate guide to Tastes of Central Geelong – the top sipping and sampling activities that you can't miss!
FOOD DISCOVERY TOUR
Central Geelong has so many amazing eats, treats and sweets on offer and what better way to find out about them all than with a walking food tour? Held each Wednesday throughout Tastes of Central Geelong, the Food Discovery Tour is the perfect way to sample all of the yumminess Central Geelong has to offer whilst seeing the sights. A sample bag plus all your food tastings are included in the ticket price, making this a great value (and not to mention delicious) day out!
Food Discovery Tour | 9th, 16th, 23rd July
10:00am – 12:00pm | Tickets $20 per person | Book here
WHOLEFOODS KIDS COOKING CLUB
Do you have a little one who loves helping out in the kitchen? If so, make sure you book them a place at the Wholefoods Kids Cooking Club. The mini chefs will learn how to make sweet cupcakes and slices…all before demolishing them, of course!
Wholefoods Kids Cooking Club | 10th July
Wholefoods Café (2 Baylie Place) | 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Tickets $25 per mini chef | Call 5221 6044 for bookings
Caffeine lovers, this one's for you! Taste of Geelong's Coffee Crawl is the perfect opportunity to find out more about Central Geelong's bustling café scene while you sip and sample all the delicious brews. Not sure the difference between blends? Not to worry – you'll get to meet the region's best baristas too during the Coffee Crawl (they have some crazy good skills!) and brush up on your coffee knowledge while you're at it!
Coffee Crawl | 10th, 12th and 17th July
9:30am – 11:30am | Tickets $20 per person (includes sample bag and all tastings) | Book here
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY
There's no denying it – food trucks are our latest obsession! Naturally, we're pretty excited about Food Truck Friday, a gathering of 10 of Victoria's best street food vendors at Little Malop Central (between Moorabool and Yarra Street). Some of our favourite food trucks like Mr Burger, Round The Way Bagels and Senor BBQ are all on board so grab your mates and get stuck into the delish eats – perfect if you can't decide exactly what you want! You can even book a table, meaning you can forget about fighting the crowds for a place to sit.
Food Truck Friday | 11th, 18th and 25th July
Little Malop Central | 11:00am – 2:30pm
To book a table, email email@example.com
JAMIE'S MINISTRY OF FOOD – 15 MINUTE CHALLENGE
You've heard all about Jamie Oliver's 15 minute meals, now see it all in action! The 15 Minute Challenge at Jamie's Ministry of Food will be a fast and furious event – the food trainers will be battling to create delicious, healthy meals in 15 minutes or less! Will they make it?! Make sure you stop by to find out!
15 Minute Challenge | 12th July
Jamie's Ministry of Food (106 Moorabool Street) | 10:45am – 11:15am and 1:15pm – 1:45pm
SUNDAY BLUES CRUISE
Finish off the weekend at Tastes of Central Geelong with a good ol' fashion Sunday session at the Sunday Blues Cruise. Held on the Hygeia Party Boat, you'll be treated to finger food and sweet tunes courtesy of the Blues musicians that'll be playing all arvo long. With tickets only $35 per person (they're usually $65!), the cruise is sure to sell out – book your tickets now!
Sunday Blues Cruise | 13th, 20th, 27th July
Hygeia Party Boat | 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Tickets $35 per person | Call 5254 1111 for bookings
PARTY STYLING SESSION
When it comes to party planning, we get a little bit excited (maybe too excited), which is why we can't wait for the Party Styling Sessions. Hosted by expert stylist Sarah Ashley, the sessions are full of expert tips and tricks, and cover things like party themes, fun activities, catering, and statement-making decorations. Simply choose between Children's Parties or Celebrations, High Teas & Dinner Parties, and then let your inner Martha Stewart out.
Party Styling Sessions | 15th – 19th July
Market Square Centre Court | Children's Parties 11:00am, Celebrations, High Teas & Dinner Parties 1:30pm
Tickets $20 per person (includes a goodie bag, reserved seats and 2 hours of free parking) | Book here
AN AFTERNOON WITH LOUISE FULTON KEATS & SUZANNE GIBBS
Considered by many to be Australian food royalty, writer and cookbook author Louise Fulton Keats will be hosting an afternoon tea at The Pier alongside her mother, and fellow food writer, Suzanne Gibbs. The duo will be sharing their favourite foodie tips and tricks, as well as cooking all manner of delicious treats. The afternoon tea will also feature the Central Geelong Bake Off Final so we suggest booking your tickets, stat!
An Afternoon with Louise Fulton Keats & Suzanne Gibbs | 18th July
The Pier | 1:30pm – 3:30pm | Tickets $45 per person | Book here
TASTES LUNCHTIME KITCHEN
Need some culinary #inspo? If so, head on down to the Tastes Lunchtime Kitchen for some fabulous cooking demonstrations and tips from The Gordon Culinary School's best chefs. They'll be preparing a variety of international cuisine so make sure you sample the dishes too! Nom nom nommmm.
Tastes Lunchtime Kitchen | 22nd – 26th July
Westfield Geelong (Centre Court) | 11:30am – 12:30pm
Ohhh dessert, how we love you so! It seems Central Geelong share our passion for all things sweet and as part of the Tastes festival, they're holding Dessert Wars – a battle between the region's top restaurants and cafes over who has the best dessert. Entrants have nominated their signature dessert dish and now it's up to YOU, the dessert loving public, to decide who will be crowned the 2014 Central Geelong Dessert Wars Champion. We think it's vital to do some serious taste testing before voting, so get to it!
Dessert Wars | To vote, visit the Central Geelong Facebook page
Tastes of Central Geelong | On now until Sunday 27th July 2014
For more info and to view the full program, visit the Central Geelong website
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