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.
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.
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/