Today we went to the Good Food & Wine show at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Center. There were so many food stalls it was fantastic. Wine, cheeses, meats, chutneys, jams, macarons, chocolates and the list goes on. They had a variety of different products and they also had special events scheduled each day of the event. Lots of fun!
As we walked in we saw Matt Morans Paddock to Plate section where a collection of Australian products were featured including a range of wines, and fresh produce like olives, caviar, brussel sprouts (this stall had a really cute pic of a baby sitting in a bunch of brussel sprouts Anne Geddes style…so cute!), cheese, and wagyu beef.
We realised that most people were carrying wine glasses for the tastings so we went straight to the wine glass stand to purchase a glass. I noticed that some people had a lanyard which held their glass so they had two hands free to taste things. Genius! I bought the glass and the lanyard combo and went on my way. It was the best thing ever! Me and my little wine glass friend had a really great time tasting the millions of wines showcased (maybe not millions but there was a lot of different wines). And the best part was that when i wasn’t drinking, I didn’t have to hold my glass. Such a great idea.
My favourite wines of the day were made by Wine & Sam. Their Pinot Gris, Savagnin (which was similar to a Sav Blanc) and Shiraz were delish and I loved the Baddaginnie Run Rose. Luckily we bought our bottles of wine at the end of the day because they were heavy to lug around. There were also some really tasty ciders going around. The ‘two many chiefs’ stall had a great pear/apple cider and ‘Lychee Gold’ had this lychee cider which was amazing! but sold out by the time we got around to it :( I also tried some chocolate and caramel vodka which was not bad.
Cheese alley was great. There were so many different cheeses to taste. Soft cheese, hard cheese, aged cheese, vintage cheese, marinated goats cheese, sheep milk cheese, buffalo mozzarella etcetera. So cheesy.
My favourite cheese was the Wild Wasabi from ‘Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese.’ It was unique and had the perfect amount of wasabi to have a kick but still taste creamy. It was so tasty and stood out from all the other cheeses I tried that day. Yum! yum! yum! After cheese alley we tastes some meats. ‘Butch’s small goods’ had a range of salami. I had to take home some of the Garlic German Mettwurst it was delicious . I also got a hot smoky grilled chorizo on a stick. Yum!
I bought a ‘Pure Pie’ to take home. It was free range braised beef, red wine and rosemary. I ate it for dinner it tasted like a lamb roast inside a homemade buttery pastry. So yummy! And for dessert I had this Tim Tam apple which was a particularly large granny smith apple dipped in caramel and coated in crushed Tim Tams. Yum! Speaking of sweets, earlier in the day I also tried a waffle pop, which was a mini waffle on a stick, so cute. They had plain and cinnamon, then they had a variety of toppings like syrup, jam, chocolate and lemon curd. It was yum.
The Good Food Theatre had chef sessions with highly acclaimed chefs like Jacques Reymond, Adam D’Sylva, Matt Stone, just to name a few.
The Laucke Creative Kitchen had different cooking sessions throughout the day.
There was Barilla master classes which was an interactive class where you learn to cook a delicious Italian pasta meal.
And there was a Nudie chill out area, if you wanted to rest for a bit (perhaps tasted a few to many wines).
We had a really nice day, me, my bf and my little wine glass lanyard friend. I went home a little tipsy and took some delicious treats home for later. There was so much to do and see, we were there for about four hours. It was an enjoyable and entertaining day out. I had heaps of fun.
I heart the Good Food & Wine Show!
Good Food & Wine Show (Melbourne) 2014
Address: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Event Dates: Friday May 30th – Sunday June 1st 2014