Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo

Taste, sample and learn at the Food & Wine Expo on the GC this weekend

Get your palates ready Gold Coasters, because the Food & Wine Expo has kicked off at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition today.

The three day event is on until Sunday 21st January 2018 and will feature over 80 of the best food, wine, cider and beer exhibitors in the country.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy Celebrity Chef cooking demonstrations, culinary presentations and some delicious free samples of gourmet food and wine.

Here are some of the highlights of this year’s expo:

Celebrity Cooking Stage: Enjoy free cooking demonstrations from Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules celebrities plus local talent on the main stage. Grab a front row seat, sit back, relax and watch the best celebrity chefs in the business create their favourite recipes in an interactive cooking show not to be missed. This weekend you can catch the winners of My Kitchen Rules – Tasia and Gracia & Carly and Tresne, and Ben Milbourne from Ben’s Menu and MasterChef.

Tasia and Gracia

Tasia and Gracia from My Kitchen Rules | PHOTO: Supplied by Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo

Celebrity Dining Room: Enjoy a modern dining experience with a MasterChef favourite, Logie nominee and Channel 10 TV host, Ben Milbourne. With a succulent Six-course 2 hour degustation menu each paired with a matching wine, this is the menu of the year with the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal to learn all Ben’s secrets in cooking and more for $95 per person.

Appreciation Area: Taste, sample and learn an appreciation for finer tastes with free wine, liqueur and cheese classes. With non-stop sessions running throughout the expo, there is definitely something for everyone to indulge, and there’s always something new to learn. These classes are a perfect opportunity to ‘try before you buy’ – but get in early, there’s only 40 seats per session and it’s first in best dressed.

Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo

PHOTO: Supplied by Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo

Barossa: Nothing compares to a long weekend away in Australia’s most prestigious wine region, but if you haven’t quite made it there, The Food and Wine Expo brings the best of the Barossa to you with the Barossa Feature Area! Complete with a community vibe and personality to match, this area boasts the best wine makers of the region. Take a walk through the Barossa and sample the best wines South Australia has to offer!

Andrew Peace Oyster Bar:  If you’ve shopped till you’re about to drop, take a seat in the Andrew Peace Oyster Bar. The bar is situated right in front of the Main Stage so you won’t miss a recipe, and there are Gold Coast fresh oysters and chilled sparkling Andrew Peace wines to your heart’s content. Take a moment, take a breath, sip some wine and take in everything there is to see!

The Food and Wine Expo is on at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from January 19 – 21. Tickets start at $25 for adults, with kids under the age of 14 free. For more information, visit: foodandwineexpo.com.au/shows/gold-coast/

Saussage Sizzle

WATCH: Burleigh Bears has you covered this Australia Day

Looking for a great place to celebrate Australia Day with the whole family? Burleigh Bears Leagues Club has you covered!

Watch the video below to find out why you should spend the day at Burleigh Bears on January 26:

Burleigh Bears are turning it on for Australia Day this year, throwing a Sausage Sizzle on the Deck in addition to loads of other entertainment, food specials and giveaways.

Burleigh Bears General Manager Ian Amos told myGC the day will begin with fundraiser for the McGrath Foundation.

“At 9am we are having a Pink Stumps Day to try and raise some money for the McGrath Foundation. It will be on until about 12pm, so will finish before it gets too hot,” he said.

There will be some great Aussie tucker to enjoy during the day, including bangers and mash, steak sandwiches and sausages on a roll.

Mr Amos said there will loads of live entertainment and competitions throughout the day.

“Entertainment starts at 1pm, with the Paul Hayman Trio on at 6pm. There will be raffles, a thong throwing competition, trivia and more to enjoy as well.”

For more information on Australia Day at Burleigh Bears, visit: burleighbears.com.au/

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Burleigh Bears Leagues Club

 

School Lunch

Try telling that to the kids of today, they won’t believe you!

So this morning I found out that kids can’t eat all their lunch at recess time like I used to.

Worse still, they are forced (literally) to sit and eat all together for 15 minutes before anyone can go and play.

I know right. Needless to say I called in sick for work immediately so I could recover from the shock I had gone into.

It’s called ‘Eating Time’ and quite frankly it made me very angry.

Back in my day, the glorious late 80’s and early 90’s, primary school kids were quite adept at knowing how to both eat and play.

Personally, I ate all my lunch at recess every day due in most part to the finite amount of sporting gear available in our sports shed – there was no way I was letting a now hot and soggy sandwich stop me from playing cricket at lunch.

If I came home with half my lunch in my bag for a week straight my mum would simply just put half as much in the next week – use it or lose it problem solved.

It is that kind of self-reliance and common-sense problem solving that I miss most about the 90’s.

20 years ago, a parent would not dare complain about a problem that was clearly localised to their child, they would fix said problem and get on with it.

Sadly this is not the day and age I which we now live.

Much easier to complain these days.

Couple this social change with the fact that today a teacher dare not arm herself (or himself) with weapons like common sense or even sarcasm when said complaint occurs, and you have a dangerously stupid school environment.

“Really? I mean I am already teaching little Billy how to read, write, count, type, play sport, play music, learn basic HTML coding all while teaching them how to socialise with other children all day but yeh sure, I can force them and consequently every single other child in the school to sit on a bench and eat their food. Explaining when to eat and why it’s important was, I had assumed, something you could do really easily as their parent, but seeing as though you’re really busy and/or couldn’t be bothered I’ll add eating to the list shall I?”

The above sentence is but one example of why I could never be a teacher because this would come out of my mouth verbatim the second a parent started complaining that their kid wasn’t eating their lunch.

That or ‘They’ll live’.

In the absence of this common-sense push back, kids now sit down for 15 minutes a day to a designated and tightly-supervised Auschwitz-style ‘eating time’ in order to sustain themselves.

It may seem like a trivial thing but it really is not – if it was a few kids not being able to get the concept of homework, would we just scrap homework and force kids to stay back 30mins each day so everyone could do it supervised?

Dumb ideas in 1990 are still just as stupid in 2018 but sadly a dramatic decrease in perceptions of parental responsibility coupled with a similar drop in teachers’ power have conspired to see more and more of these ideas getting through to becoming policy or ways of life.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I must be off for my 10 minutes of morning toilet time, the parents of my neighbour three doors down weren’t able to teach him the concept that it was up to him when he went so now council makes our whole street all go at 9am and 5pm.

Mallard Duck

SAY WHAT?! Macquarie Dictionary’s ‘word of the year’ has been revealed

Macquarie Dictionary’s word of the year for 2017 has been revealed, and let’s just say some people are a little confused…

‘Milkshake Duck’, a phrase which shot to fame from a viral meme posted to Twitter in 2016, has taken out the title after being selected by the dictionary’s 2017 word of the year committee.

A milkshake duck refers to “a person who is initially viewed positively by the media but is then discovered to have something questionable about them which causes a sharp decline in their popularity.”

The Macquarie Dictionary committee said Milkshake Duck stood out as being a much-needed term to “describe something we are seeing more and more of, not just on the internet but now across all types of media.”

“It plays to the simultaneous desire to bring someone down and the hope that they won’t be brought down. In many ways, it captures what 2017 has been about,” the committee said.

Macquarie Dictionary’s Committee Choice 2016 Word of the Year was ‘fake news.’

Self Serve

We’re getting more efficient – but at what cost?

My friend’s elderly aunt, God bless her cotton socks, has that resolute stubbornness that comes with age – the type that means she says what she wants, does what she wants, and won’t bend her way of going about life for anyone.

For instance, she refuses to use the self-service check-outs at the grocery store.

“I don’t like that they’ve put someone out of a job,” she says stubbornly. And so she waits for a cash register with an operator behind it. Whether she’s buying a bottle of milk or a basked full of goods, she waits.

“Out of protest.”

I can understand her reasoning. She’s aged in her 80s and she’s lived through World Wars and jobs shortages that meant her family ate mashed potato for dinner, for weeks on end. So she values jobs, and hates the idea that people are losing jobs to “technology”.

Her niece – my friend – works at Centrelink, helping people who are, should we say, not easily employable. They are the long-term unemployed, or those who grapple with illness or addiction. People who struggle to hold down full-time work, and therefore struggle to pay their bills and keep their life on track.

She was telling me that there used to be more jobs for people with limited mental or physical abilities, but now, many of those jobs are gone.

For instance, consider petrol stations. When I was growing up, a person would fill up my dad’s car with fuel for him while they engaged in conversation. That job is just one of thousands of jobs that hasn’t existed in a long, long time – but at what cost?

Sure, the end result is more efficient for the petrol station – they have to fork out for fewer wages. And purportedly, those savings are passed on to the customer.

But eliminating this job has not only nixed one small moment of social lubrication from society, but it has also taken about the opportunity to give a person employment and purpose.

It may not be the best or most stimulating job in the world, but it’s still an opportunity for someone to earn an income, have contact with other people, and have a structure and purpose to their day.

I know I’d rather pay a little more for the petrol in my car to support employment, rather than pay it in Centrelink or disability payments. Discussing this with a friend, he countered: “Isn’t that wasteful? It a machine or automation can do it faster and more efficiently, then isn’t it a waste of time to keep a person in that role?”

I’m not sure on the right answer there.

All I do know is that the way society is moving these days is so efficient, automated and fast-paced, and those among us who are less able or less gifted seem to be getting “left behind”.

And perhaps we have some obligation to make sure that those people are not forgotten about altogether?