GALA DINNER A fitting finale to the month-long Love Sea Food Festival at Port Stephens is the seven-course gala Seafood & Semillon Dinner at The Anchorage on August 31. Matched with Brokenwood and McWilliams Mount Pleasant wines, it’s $165. A special deal is also being offered: dinner for two with an overnight stay and sparkling Semillon breakfast for $599 per couple.
TASTES AT THE BAY Speaking of Port Stephens, here’s one for the diary. Tastes at the Bay returns to Nelson Bay on November 2. The Tasters Trail will be back, along with the Moonshadow – TQC Cruises Jazz Luncheon Cruise, cooking demonstrations and a few new events yet to be announced.
GOOD KARMA Don’t forget tomorrow’s Good Karma for our Farmers fundraiser at 10 inner-city venues, including The Grain Store. Buy certain meals and beverages and you’ll be supporting Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale initiative.
NEW FESTIVAL The inaugural Lake Macquarie Food & Wine Festival is on October 14 at Speers Point Park and sponsorship opportunities are available (go online to lakemacfoodandwinefestival.com.au for details). Already confirmed to appear on the day are MasterChef 2018 contestants Hoda Kobeissi and Aldo Ortado, who will be hosting masterclasses.
CHECK IT OUT Ginger Meg’s, touted as “Newcastle’s first hawker-style bar and eatery”, opened on Wednesday at 212 King Street. The menu is Asian fusion and the decor, from the sneak peeks we’ve been given, is stunning. It’s open Monday to Thursday, 5pm onwards, and Friday to Sunday from noon.