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The ten-day Taste Tweed Winter Food Festival, held annually in July, celebrates the agricultural heritage of the beautiful Tweed region of North NSW. It shows off its chefs, restaurants and food businesses in a series of events held at stunning locations across the area. One of the pinnacle events of the festival is the 5-course...
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It makes good sense to eat local. Journalist and sustainable agriculture guru Michael Pollan’s advice is to: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants…Mostly what’s in season and grown not too far away.” While there’s no strict definition of ‘local’, we often talk about the ‘100 mile’ table which, for the Gold Coast, extends our...
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One of the most evident themes in hospitality today is the growing interest in the provenance of our food – where it comes from and how far it has travelled to reach us. We may not live ‘on the land’ but, as Australians, we still feel connected to it. Given the sense of solidarity with...
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It’s perfect winter weather for the Taste Tweed Festival with bright sunny days and cooler nights. The whole month of July is filled with events: tours, lunches, tastings, dinners, markets, picnics, cooking classes and fashion events. One of the pinnacle events is the festival’s much anticipated signature dinner held at Season Restaurant, Peppers Salt Resort...
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“Are you sure you want to go out in this weather?” he asks. “Crabs!” I reply. Just one word. It’s enough to get us moving from the comfort of the lounge, out into a storm wild enough to blow crabs up onto the beach; not enough deterrent, though, to keep us from eating crabs with...
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It’s a magical night under a full moon in an Italian vineyard lit by fairy lights and candles; a sumptuous Italian feast accompanied by prosecco spritzers, our entertainment a string quartet, ballet and opera. This is the Gold Coast at its best – a balmy evening, a fairly casual event celebrating talent we rarely see....
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Too often we think of holidays as a journey overseas or interstate, but there’s much to discover in our own backyards…as we found out last weekend. We took up an invitation to go on a bus trip around the Tweed Valley in preparation for the upcoming Tweed Fusion festival. Held from 23 – 30 October...
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Do you know where your food is grown? When you tuck into that pitaya bowl surrounded by fruit, do you know which ‘rock star’ farmer harvested it for you? The Tweed Coast is part of the food bowl surrounding the Gold Coast, with the area’s food production, café and restaurant industries increasing in interest to...
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Few places in the world are a more beautiful setting for a food festival than Ubud, so building a holiday around this festival was an opportunity not to be missed. Returning for its second year from 27-29 May this year, the three-day Ubud Food Festival was bursting with local flavours and produce, bringing together more...
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Eat Local – Food, Farming and Conversation in the Scenic Rim By Brenda Fawdon & Christine Sharp We’re mad about real food. The sort that is grown by local farmers or in home and community gardens, the produce arriving in our kitchen after travelling minimum food miles. There’s something grounded about scrubbing soil off vegies...