We don’t think there’s a better food event in Sydney than the annual Good Food and Wine Show to celebrate everything from artisanal produce to pop up food shops and world-class chefs.
We were lucky enough to visit the show last Sunday at Sydney Olympic Park and were greeted with the hustle and bustle of people sipping, tasting and munching on all the wonderful products on offer. As we arrived just after lunch and with only 4 hours to visit as many of the exhibitors as we could (there were over 200!) we had to get a move on!
First stall to catch our eyes (and noses!) was Friends of Meat. There was the strong aroma of a good old BBQ and a long line of eager customers eyeing the burgers and sliders. The juicy meat patties were beautifully tender and a good start to our adventure through the show.
Beef sliders from Friends of meat
Hartshorn Distillery with their slick, all black, hand painted and labelled bottles of Vodka made from sheep’s whey was what caught our attention next. Being the first in the world to make this unique Vodka, we sampled their original sheep whey Vodka that was pleasantly smooth and went down easily. Their Oaked sheep whey Vodka, barrelled in French oak, had a strong and distinct smoky flavour like a nice single malt whiskey.
Original Sheep Whey Vodka from Hartshorn
Moving through the Cheese alley (cheese heaven) we sampled all kinds of cheeses from your smelly blue to your sharp cheddar. What stood out was the luscious lavender from Ashgrove Cheese. This cheese was infused with lavenders from Bridestow Estate lavender farm in Tasmania making it beautifully fragrant. The taste however needed a little getting used to though as it felt a bit like slightly soapy cheese at times.
As we are still Truffle crazy from truffle season, we spent a considerable amount of time at the Tamar Valley Truffle stall from Tasmania. We tried the range of their products from truffle oil, tomato and truffle sugo, truffle butter and their award winning handcrafted truffle brie. The brie was delicious and was just too hard to say no to, leading us to buy one of their last few pieces.
Nestled in the middle of the stalls was a silver trailer for Melbourne Martini. What caught our eye was their little jars of espresso martinis; all ready for consumption after a good chill in the fridge and a little shake. It was a nice martini with a strong sweet coffee taste, perfect for when you need a quick espresso martini fix.
Espresso Martini from Melbourne Martini
We also felt a bit curious to try the world’s first raw cold pressed milk from Made by Cow. We wondered if the milk, which used a cold pressing technique to eliminate any harmful bacteria, would taste different to our standard milk. We purchased a strawberry milkshake but were sadly a little disappointed; it was a bit watery and not much different in taste from our standard milk.
We also tried our first cheese wheel pasta from Lucabrasi’s pop up stall in the Grazing Garden. The pasta was perfectly al dente and the secret herbs and spices added together with the cheese made the pasta one of the highlights of our day.
Cheese Wheel pasta from Lucabrasi
After a long afternoon running around enjoying many sips of wine and tasty morsels of food, we had to wind down our food adventure with a chilli sauce eating competition and purchasing a bag of biltong to munch on for our journey home.
The Chilli challenge!
We definitely recommend spending a full day out to make the most of the talks and exhibits and remember to bring a trolley for all the goodies you will buy. One recycle bag is definitely not enough!
We can’t wait to see what will be on offer at next years show, but until then stay hungry!
Report by Cecelia Tao. Big thanks to Citi and Thrive PR for the invitation.