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Posted June 28, 2013 by Jennifer Lam (Jenius) in Events & Festivals
 
 

Good Food & Wine Show Sydney 2013 with FIJI Water

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It has become an annual ritual for me to go to the Good Food & Wine Show. Free sampling all day? Who can resist?

This year, I was invited by FIJI Water to be their official blogger!

So here it is, 7 tips to making the most of the 2013 Sydney Good Food & Wine Show:

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - 300 exhibitors
A dream day out for food fanatics and wine connoisseurs alike – hundreds of the country’s finest food producers, wineries and chefs come together for one sensational weekend

1. Keep your hands free for sampling
If you didn’t bring a spare bag, pick up one (or two!) from Lifestyle FOOD, near Nespresso’s A Journey Through Coffee masterclass area.

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - sampling
Plentiful sampling! Pictured here are Hunter Valley Cheese Company, Grove avocado oil, Pana Chocolate and The Chilli Factory

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - cheese alley
Bruny Island Cheese Co

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - mussels
Greenshell New Zealand mussels

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - lentalicious
Lentilicious pre-packaged meals

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - the wine and truffle co
Truffle condiments by The Wine & Truffle Co

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - pukara estate
Pukara Estate olive oils and vinegars

2. Stay hydrated
And I don’t mean with just wine! Yes, it’s definitely worth purchasing the $3 wine tasting glass for unlimited wine sampling, but it was also good to see bottles of FIJI Water readily available at all the wine stands. Walking and eating all day requires lots of energy, and if you’re dehydrated, you’ll feel sluggish. Don’t forget alcohol can also deplete your body of the water it needs. Make an effort to drink at least two litres of water every day.

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - FIJI Water, stay hydrated

3. Rest up in the VIP Room or get a massage
Platinum Pass holders get access to the VIP Room which includes complimentary red, white and sparkling wine and canapés! There are some plush lounges if you need to put your feet up… I even caught some snoozers in there! Or if you’d rather put the Platinum ticket dollars towards buying food/wine, a massage is well worth it as you’ll feel more energised to power through all 300+ exhibitors.

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - the VIP room
Inside the VIP Room

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - Get a massage
Relax with a massage

4. Perk up with free coffee
Nespresso are running complimentary masterclasses, where participants will discover the versatility of 4 Grand Cru coffees, ranging in intensity and aromatic profiles. You’ll learn to make your own coffees with a Nespresso machine and of course, you’ll have the opportunity of devouring all four coffees! For those with a sweet tooth, one of the coffees you’ll be making is an affogato with Movenpick ice-cream! Score!

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - Nespresso class

5. Make a meal out of it
With almost all the stalls offering free samples, it’s so easy to make a meal out of it! A balanced meal just through sampling is possible. Think cheeses, wines, cured meats, jams, oils, breads, apples, tomatoes, lentils, sausages… What more would you possibly need!

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - FIJI Water and Salumi Australia cone
Salumi Australia’s sampler cone, just $5!

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - Meringues by Patisse
Yuzu, salted caramel or chocolate earl grey eclairs, and bubblegum , coffee or white chocolate & black olive meringues at the Patisse stand

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - Lush berries
Chocolate coated strawberries by Lush Berries

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - chorizo on a stick
Chorizo on a stick at the Salumi Australia stand

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - cheese platter by Salt Meat Cheese
Cheese platter at That’s Amore Cheese stand

6. Take advantage of all the bargains… Last!
There are plenty of amazing deals but don’t get carried away too early! Laucke are offering $5 bundles of a bread bag, 500g crusty white bread mix and your choice of any 1kg specialty mix! You wouldn’t want to be lugging around unnecessary Kgs all day! Likewise with delicate items, just save the hassle! I recommend skimming the surface and do a quick wander around, marking down stalls you want to spend more time at or buy from then re-visit them strategically! However, if you’re going on the last day, then I can imagine some supplies might be running low so make sure you don’t miss out!

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - Hoyts herbs and spices wall
Hoyts Herbs and Spices, 3 for $2

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - Lentils offer
Lentilicious, 5 packs for $35

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - Brookfarm promotion
Brookfarm show bag, get $44 worth of Brookfarm products for just $25

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - Maggie Beer promotion
Spend $25 on Maggie Beer products and receive free ice-cream!

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - McLaren Vale
More wine offers in areas such as the McLaren Vale section

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - Salumi Australia promotions
Promotions on various sausages, salamis, and cured meats at the Salumi Australia stand

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - Laucke promotion
The home baker’s special at the Laucke stand

7. Get inspired
The GFWS is a great opportunity to discover new food brands, meet and greet producers, and get inspired by celebrity chefs! This year, Curtis Stone, Ainsley Harriott, Maggie Beer, Miguel Maestre, Darren Robertson and Marion Grasby, all make an appearance! Some cooking demonstrations are free, but the VIP packages are worth checking out if you want to get more hands-on!

Good Food and Wine Show Sydney 2013 - Get inspired by celebrity chefs


Good Food & Wine Show – Sydney
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

Friday 28 June: 10am – 6pm
Saturday 29 June: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 30 June: 10am – 5pm

For more information, go to goodfoodshow.com.au/index.php/location/sydney

Discover FIJI Water and win a culinary adventure

Can’t make it to the Good Food & Wine Show this weekend? The show will be moving to Perth on 18 – 21 July and Brisbane on 8- 10 November, and you could win tickets and accommodation, thanks to FIJI Water! Click to find out more information and to enter the competition!

This post is sponsored by FIJI Water. Opinions are my own.


Jennifer Lam (Jenius)

 
Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Having grown up in a family where food was always at the centre of all celebrations, family events and milestones, Jen is obsessed with capturing irresistible flavours and stories from myriad cultures. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering people to have good food and invigorating adventures - because life is too short for mediocre meals or dull travel. Her hobbies are breakfast, lunch and dinner. She's globally curious, passionate about female entrepreneurship, is a soy chai latte fanatic, and loves vintage, dressmaking and photography.