Returning in 2022 in all its interactive glory, the Good Food & Wine Show celebrates its 21st edition with a far-reaching culinary celebration. Kicking off in Melbourne on June 3 and Sydney on June 24 (before moving to other cities later in the year), the event will welcome over 220 Australian producers to host masterclasses, tastings and pop-up shops.
Here are a few picks to help jumpstart your tasting adventure.
Harris Scarfe’s Kitchen
I want to see kitchen master Favorite Brendan Pang makes plant-based meatballs? Or simplify your approach to home entertainment with my kitchen rules winner Sammy Jakubiak? A group of famous chefs will offer various master classes and live cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend, with many recipes and tips to apply at home. Silvia Colloca and Miguel Maestre will dive into their Italian and Spanish roots, respectively, while Sydney chef Matt Moran of North Bondi Fish will share some of the family’s favourites.
An interactive class the kitchenAdam Liaw’s will demonstrate how taste has changed the world, in association with his new Audible podcast of the same name. The session will dive into mastery of the five basic tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami. All the events are free.
Riedel Beverage Laboratory
Whatever your level of knowledge, wine columnist Nick Ryan is hosting an interactive series of tastings at the Riedel Drinks Lab to help broaden your understanding of wine, whether it’s an exploration of far-flung wine varietals or a tasting of the varietals unusual Margaret River. (when there’s a class called ‘Is it really better to be single?’, you know this won’t be a stifling issue). Sessions focus on everything from “chardonnay at its best” and the importance of texture, to a focus on women in winemaking. All of Ryan’s classes are free (and there are seven sessions a day), but he’ll need to get there early to guarantee a spot.
Eat local pop series
At the Melbourne and Sydney events, you’ll be able to get a taste of delicacies from local restaurants. In Melbourne, Adam D’Sylva of Tonka and Coda will serve fried chicken burgers and fried chicken with fries, Pinchy’s will offer Alaskan king crab rolls, lobster rolls and truffle fries, among other treats, and 400 Gradi will serve tomato . soaked meatballs and pizza. In Sydney, you can enjoy Frank’s Deli’s Reuben Sandwich and Sammy Jakubiak’s Burnt Basque Cheesecake along with Tapavino’s Txistorra Hot Dog and Chocolate Terrine.
The Glenfiddich Whiskey Tramp
This alcohol masterclass will take place in a vintage 1972 Leyland bus converted into a premium whiskey lounge on wheels. The iconic Scottish label offers tastings of its 12-year-old single malt along with plenty of food pairings, cheese pairings, and whiskey consultation sessions on its open-air upper deck. Elsewhere, Monkey Shoulder’s bright orange mixer truck is making an appearance, along with Hendrick’s Airstream Gin Bar.
smelly cheese project
Curated by the beloved Smelly Cheese Shop at Adelaide Central Market, the Smelly Cheese Project highlights the full sensory experience of tasting artisanal cheese. You can learn about the cheesemaking process in general, and the unique stories behind specific cheeses, with the shop’s resident expert, Valérie Henbest, guiding you along the way. Henbest is also hosting a variety of master classes that delve into the world’s best cheeses and how to pair cheese with everything from champagne to chocolate. If you’re looking for something a little less smelly, there’s also Cheese Lane nearby.
Good Food & Wine Melbourne will take place from June 3-5. Good Food & Wine Sydney will take place from June 24-26. Tickets here.
This story is produced by Broadsheet in association with the Good Food & Wine Show presented by Citi.