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:
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.
Plentiful sampling! Pictured here are Hunter Valley Cheese Company, Grove avocado oil, Pana Chocolate and The Chilli Factory
Bruny Island Cheese Co
Greenshell New Zealand mussels
Lentilicious pre-packaged meals
Truffle condiments by The Wine & Truffle Co
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.
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.
Inside the VIP Room
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!
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!
Salumi Australia’s sampler cone, just $5!
Yuzu, salted caramel or chocolate earl grey eclairs, and bubblegum , coffee or white chocolate & black olive meringues at the Patisse stand
Chocolate coated strawberries by Lush Berries
Chorizo on a stick at the Salumi Australia stand
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!
Hoyts Herbs and Spices, 3 for $2
Lentilicious, 5 packs for $35
Brookfarm show bag, get $44 worth of Brookfarm products for just $25
Spend $25 on Maggie Beer products and receive free ice-cream!
More wine offers in areas such as the McLaren Vale section
Promotions on various sausages, salamis, and cured meats at the Salumi Australia stand
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 & 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
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.