Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
Darling Drive, Darling Harbour NSW 2000
People with product passion
This year didn't seem to be as crazy and hectic as last year although I made sure I wasn't trying to rush around to see everything and tried to avoid stands when they were crowded and where the bottlenecks formed. I thought it would be nice to photograph the people behind the products this year instead of just the products and spend a bit more time finding out about what they were promoting. Crumbs Yarra Valley Gourmet Biscuits were making a very interesting Lemon Myrtle Shortbread which had a wonderful aftertaste once you munched on the biscuit. My taste buds were challenged by the marinated wallaby canape with Australian bush herbs by William Angliss Institute. Something I haven't had before but it had some lovely unique flavours. The John Boston Pale Ale had some nice floral notes which reminded me of the Little Creatures Pale Ale and had quite a refreshing taste. I enjoyed the flavours of the Pichler Tiroler Gluhwein mulled wine which would be great for Winter. The Bounty Burgers soy patty had some decent flavour and seemed quite a good alternative for vegans and vegetarians. There were plenty of choices from the Byron Bay Chocolate Co to sample and I was quite partial to the chocolate ginger coated with dark chocolate — yum!
A food show or festival doesn't seem complete these days without a have a few MasterChef celebrities doing cooking demonstrations like Alvin Quah (pictured above). They certainly are a fun bunch and happy to smile at the cameras and get photos with their fans. As always there seems to be those stands that have no relation to food or drink. I'm always puzzled to see the Free Instant Eyelift stand and adding a new level of weirdness is the Ford stand and Sydney Sunscreens Retractable Roof Systems stand — how the hell did these get in here? Anyway, after about 4 hours of casually walking around with quite a few free samples of food and drink in my belly it was time to head home and sort through the 11 kilos of samples that had accumulated in the granny shopping trolley. Thank you to all the stand promoters who willingly allowed me to take photos of them. I hope the show was a successful event for you all and I hope to perhaps see you at the next show.
Other visits to the Good Food & Wine Show
• 3 July 2011 - Sydney Show
• 17 July 2010 - Sydney Show
PROS: Free samples of food products and wine, Discounted products, Cooking demonstrations, Talking to the people behind the products to find out their food stories and passions for good food
CONS: Can get very crowded, Have to pay to get in, Getting your toes run over by prams and granny trolleys
MUST TRY: Free samples and spotting the chefs
Let the food tour begin!
Marion Grasby — oops, sorry about the bad photo!
Byron Bay Chocolate Co — the chocolate ginger was pretty good!
Sam Tucker promoting Tucker's Natural Gourmet Crackers
Crumbs Yarra Valley Gourmet Biscuits — the Lemon Myrtle Shortbread had a nice taste surprise
A Taste of the Bush — Dukkah and Macadamia Oil is a nice combination
Ernest Hillier chocolates — One Yard of Chocolate, how could you resist!
Tsingtao beer from China imported by EttasonPichler Tiroler Gluhwein— nice mulled wine for Winter
Smoke & Roast gourmet seasoning
Bounty Burgers — quite a tasty soy burger alternative for the vegan and vegetarians
William Angliss Institute team promoting Wild Australian Cuisine cooking classes
Marinated wallaby canape with Australian bush herbs by William Angliss Institute — was actually quite nice
John Boston Pale Ale and Premiun Lager
Berconia Foods promoting Prima Taste
Ingham Mini Turkey Burger — Free!
Simply great meals — sign up and get a free showbag of goodies
Grove Avocado Oil — now that's something a bit different
Creative Gourmet Smoothie Cubes — I think I like the Berry one the best
OzHarvest — you guys are doing a great job!
VooDoo — yummy rocky roads
Kuvings juicer — cold pressing to keep it supposedly healthier
Anathoth — I love these jams
Ozganics — I like what your doing
Barilla stage and gourmet hampers ($15)
Peep talk before the cooking competition — 'Forget MasterChef, this is BarillaChef time'
Barilla Chef Consultant Luca Ciano
Lush Berries — very popular stand for good reason
Kopparberg fruit ciders — quite refreshing and would probably go well in a cocktail too
Riedel Wine Theatre
Clare Valley Wine Region section
Malaysia Kitchen Australia — serving up laksa samples
Chef Miguel Maestre at Lifestyle Food Chef's Table
Good Food stage with Chef Consultant Luca Ciano
11 kilograms of samples
Awards for most out of place
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