I don’t think there is another food event in Sydney that attracts more people than the annual Good Food & Wine Show. There seems to be something for everyone and bargains are aplenty!

My mum and sister were quick to say yes when I told them I had some media passes, so that’s where we spent last Saturday.

Here’s a quick round-up of some of my favourite buys –

2012 Good Food and Wine Show Sydney - Murray River Gourmet truffle salt

Murray River Gourmet have just launched a truffle salt (25g, $16) which features fresh real truffle! The aroma is sensational – perfect for everyday indulgence!

Another irresistible salt blend, is The Original Smoke And Spice Co‘s smoked garlic salt (family pack includes 1x shaker & 4x bags of the smoked salt, $20). Fragrant with garlic, coriander, shallots and chilli, I’ll be using this salt mix on roast potatoes, salt & pepper squid, garlic bread, grilled meats and seafoods…. OMG, the possibilities are endless!

2012 Good Food and Wine Show Sydney - smoked garlic salt

We ended up buying quite a few cheeses from Hunter Belle Cheese. One worthy of a mention is their Goldenbelle (150-200g, $12), an award winning washed rind cheese that has a gorgeous rich bacon flavour. Mmm… bacon…

2012 Good Food and Wine Show Sydney - Hunterbelle cheese

Stands which had you’d-be-crazy-not-to-buy cut price deals caused quite a bit of excitement among us too. Kurrajong Kitchen had a cooler bag plus two packs of Lavosh for $5; Be Natural had a pack of cereal, porridge and muesli bars and a 50% off your next Be Natural purchase at Woolworths voucher, for $5. What a steal!

2012 Good Food and Wine Show Sydney - Kurrajong Kitchen

2012 Good Food and Wine Show Sydney - Be Natural

I’m also loving my set of individual glow in the dark steak thermometers (4 for $16) by Man Law.

2012 Good Food and Wine Show Sydney - Man Law

And how divine are the chocolates by ChocoMe?

2012 Good Food and Wine Show Sydney - chocoMe

Overall, there seemed to be a good mix of mass-produced commercial products and independent producers. It’s a great way to discover new deliciousness or to get a bargain on something you already love.

I didn’t pay much attention to the masterclasses that were running or the celebrity chef events but we definitely made a meal out of all the samples!

Luckily we had arrived early and were able to shop (and sample) at ease because by early afternoon, the show was packed like one giant sardine tin!

2012 Good Food and Wine Show Sydney - the crowd

Oh, and the photo booth was a nice touch too! They’re downloadable after you ‘like’ their Facebook page.

Here’s the pic of us –

2012 Good Food and Wine Show Sydney - photo booth

The 2012 Good Food and Wine Show Sydney was at the Sydney Convention & Exhibiton Centre at Darling Harbour on June 22-24.

For more information, visit the official website: goodfoodshow.com.au

JENIUS attended the Good Food and Wine Show as guests of Haystac

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.