The lucky 13th edition of one of the biggest events on the calendar for all those who love food and wine – Taste Great Southern – kicks off on 23rd March and runs across three weekends winding up on Sunday April 7th. And for the first time as well as the events across the region a show in Perth will feature the food, drink and more of the Great Southern.
With five wine sub regions – Albany, Denmark, Mount Barker, Porongurup and Frankland – this is one of the most diverse wine regions in Australia – and combined with the rich produce of the 39,000 square kilometres – from Albany rock oysters and seafood, to vegetables, fruit, grain, beer, spirits and meat – the festival is one of the most anticipated in the country.
Events will include festivals, dinners and lunches, wine tasting, masterclasses, markets, beer and spirit celebrations and associated community events showcasing the region. This is something not to be missed with food and wine personalities and celebrity chefs on hand to support and promote the festival. And of course the magnificent scenery – wild coastlines, endless beaches, forests, tall trees and wildflower regions, walking trails, the Stirling ranges, sweeping farmland – are nature’s backdrop to the festivities.
Lead in events – Blues and Brews at Denmark’s Boston Brewing Company this weekend March 12th and the Katanning Harmony Festival on March 18th – are precursors to a myriad of highlights – among them, Rockcliffe Winery Night Market on 24th March with cooking displays by Anna Gare and Miguel Maestre; the Garden Party on March 25th at one of the best dining experiences in the State – Liberté in Albany’s London Hotel – where the talents of Amy Hamilton and Russell Blaikie will be on display and together with wine writer Mike Bennie will showcase some of the region’s wonderful new wave winemakers.
A celebration of Great Southern Shellfish on March 26th at Emu Harbour; Lake House Denmark Soiree on April 7th; Albany Food and Wine Festival April 8th at Middleton Beach; Galafrey Wines 40th Anniversary Long Table lunch on April 9th; and on the same day atop the hill in the historic Fort area of Albany a degustation lunch at Garrison Restaurant with the wines of fabulous producer 3Drops.
The supporting event in Perth on April 1st Taste of the Great Southern will feature wine and food in the knockout surrounds of the State Buildings.
All these and many more highlights are detailed at www.tastegreatsouthern.com.au
As well wineries and eating houses all across the region will be open and welcoming visitors.
Taste Great Southern….do not miss out!