Sunday, July 13, 2008

Perth Good Food & Wine Show 2008

Caterer extraordinaire Anna Gare (Lifestyle Food Channel)

The Perth leg of the Good Food & Wine Show was in town over the weekend and, while I enjoyed the buzz (both from the crowd and the wine), I couldn't help but be a tad disappointed. Much of the marketplace feel that I remembered from earlier years seemed to be missing. Gone were the enormously popular oyster shucking demonstrations and the big stainless steel bowls of freshly steamed mussels. In its place were an awful lot of packets, bottles and jars. And how many EVOO and chutney tastings can one venue handle?

On a positive note, the new celebrity theatre was a big hit and there was an excellent turn-out of winemakers, both local and interstate. Some yummy foodie goodie bags too.

Ben O'Donoghue from 'Surfing the Menu'