The state’s best producers went head to head at the 2017 Delicious Produce Awards 2017 recently and some Hunter Region names popped up on the winners’ list.
Newcastle Greens were recognised for their micro-greens and Lamborn snap-greens, and Little Hill Farm for its pasture-raised chicken.
Hunter Valley Snails, Papanui Open Range Eggs and Redgate Farm also won their respective categories. The national category winners will be revealed at a special event on August 7.
Good Food & Wine
The Good Food & Wine Show is returning to Sydney next month.
From June 23 to 25 Darling Harbour’s International Convention Centre will host hundreds of exhibitors, cooking schools, workshops and masterclasses. Some new additions to the event are The Taittinger Lounge and Oyster Bar; Ribs & Reds; The Riedel Drinks Lab; and EAT, where visitors can experience food and wine from Citi’s dining partner restaurants.
Another first is Food Wonderland, a place to experience a range of amazing flavours and new taste experiences, and the Vinomofo Adventure Park.
Some of the best chefs in Australia have come on board this year, including Colin Fassnidge, Gary Mehigan, Luke Nguyen and Miguel Maestre, as well as three Hunter-based wine experts: Adam Walls, Nicole Gow and Dave Kelly.
As part of the show, there will also be a six-course Winter Solstice Feast at 3 Blue Ducks, Rosebery, on June 21.
For more information and to purchase tickets go online to goodfoodshow.com.au.
SwanFest will bring Swansea’s channel foreshore to life this Saturday, May 27. There will be food, fresh produce, market stalls, live entertainment, Hunter Valley wine tasting, displays, rides and fun activities for all ages in front of Swansea RSL from 10am to 4pm.
Event organiser Adam Ferrier said the event was all about promoting Swansea as the gateway to Lake Macquarie, and stimulating business in the area.
Time is running out to book your seat at the Beneath The Big Top Pop-Up Dinner. This Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27, Sprout Dining will be serving a four-course dinner under a circus tent at Broadmeadow while Circus Avalon acrobats fly through the air above and perform death-defying circus tricks. Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. has the drinks sorted and Hot Potato Band will provide the soundtrack to what promises to be a memorable food event.
Even better, it’s all for a good cause. Funds raised will support the PCYC Newcastle Time4Kids appeal which aims to reduce and prevent crime by, and against, young people.
Today is the last day to get tickets so don’t delay. Tickets cost $150 per person (plus booking fee) at eventbrite.com.au.
Sundays at Star
Newcastle’s Star Hotel has launched a new concept, Slow Cooked Sunday. Every Sunday during the winter months, “from open till close”, you will be able to order hearty, slow-cooked meals.
On the move
Folie Cafe at Warners Bay and Tuk Tuk at Pokolbin have both changed hands but it will be, the previous owners say, business as usual. Also, Toronto restaurant Toronthai has opened another in New Lambton and Red Dog Diner has opened at Alder Park Sports Club.
Bombini at Avoca Beach is hosting a collaborative four-course dinner on June 4 with Newport restaurant Sotto Sopra. Bombini’s Cameron Cansdell is a good friend of Sotto Sopra’s owner Alessandro Pavoni, who will bring chef Mattia Rossi. Tickets cost $79 per person for the dinner and either a Peroni or Aperal Spritz on arrival. To book, phone (02) 43 811 436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are familiar with cruffins, chances are you may have paid The Little French Cafe in Broadmeadow a visit. Last week they experimented with “mini cruffins” and they flew off the shelves. Big or small, however, the salted caramel, Nutella, lemon curd and passionfruit and white chocolate flavour sensations are worth trying.
Deli keeps busy
Fredeli on The Esplanade at Warners Bay has more than one pot on the boil. Not only do they make and sell authentic Italian fare and host special Friday night dinners, they have partnered with Glamp Inn The Hunter to provide yummy platters as of a unique Valley “glamping” experience. Fredeli is also hosting Italian classes on Tuesday nights for those who love Italian food so much they want to speak the language, too. Details are on their Facebook page.
Pokolbon’s Tulloch Wines will be hosting a daily Mystery Wine Tour as part of the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival. The Tulloch team has selected six wines from their tasting list which guests can work their way through at their leisure with help from a dedicated wine professional. A tasting mat will include all the information needed to solve the mystery. The cost is $35 per person and includes a private tasting, charcuterie board, six wines and a wine experience booklet. Bookings essential online at tullochwines.com or by phoning 4998 7580.
Taste of Wollombi is on this Sunday, May 28. The village will come alive with live music and local produce including jams, olives, cured meats and cheeses. You can meet local vignerons and artisans and sample fine wines and great food.