Sunday, June 23, 2013

Good Food and Wine Show Melbourne 2013

I was lucky enough to score a few tickets to the Good Food and Wine Show in Melbourne this year thanks to the organisers. After attending last year, I wanted to see and eat more food and more drink wine this year. Although there are a few exhibitions that revolve around food each year in Melbourne, the Good Food and Wine Show focuses on producers rather than on restaurants. 

Good Food and Wine Show Melbourne 2013
Held over the Queen's Birthday long weekend, I attended Sunday afternoon and unsurprisingly the Convention Center was packed. There are over 300 producers/stores, many which I hadn't heard of, producing and distributing interesting and niche products. 

Bionade - a delicious range of organic fermented and carbonated beverages
Most offer samples of their wares, with products available for purchase on the day. The entire show is still mainly a promotional exercise though - I doubt I'm the only person who generally gravitates towards buying things I'm familiar with. There's really something for all tastes here.

ChocoMe - handmade chocolates from Adelaide
the Gourmet Nut Co - a moorish range of flavoured nuts
There was also a 'Cheese Alley' this year - the perfect collection of producers to satisfy every cheese-lover's fantasy. 

Food isn't the only attraction at the Good Food and Wine Show - the Celebrity Theater (demonstrations) and hands-on Masterclasses are also incredibly popular with most sessions I saw completely full.

Nespresso had one on making great coffees using their machines,

Nespresso - A Journey Through Coffee
And we peeked in on Miguel Maestre's (from The Living Room) session too. 

Miguel Maestre
Other celebrity chefs who made an appearance over the weekend included Donna Hay, Michelle Bridges, Maggie Beer, Darren Robertson, Toby Puttock, Julie Goodwin and Greg Malouf.

The hands-on Masterclasses were something new to this years show and they seemed to be a big success with every available surface covered with food and cooking utensils. 

Fisher & Paykel's YUM Kitchen
Barilla Pasta 
I can't skip the second part of the name though with almost as many beer, cider and wine exhibitors as there were food exhibitors.  

Sakenet Australia - distributors of quality Japanese Sake
Wineries from the Barossa Valley made a strong appearance in a mini-collection of cellar doors, which I loved especially as I recently returned from a road-trip to try SA wine. 

If you have even a mild interest in food and/or wine, you'll appreciate the Good Food and Wine Show as it can be an eye-opening experience. There really is something for everyone. If you love your food and/or wine, you'll have serious fun planning your stops (you have to time those masterclasses carefully after-all) and then attempting to execute your carefully written plan while interesting distractions come at you from eveyr angle. I really wanted to try the Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School and Riedel Wine Theatre classes but the timing just didn't work for me. Perhaps next year.