Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show

by Christine Salins on October 1, 2014

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Some of Australia’s finest regional produce will be on offer at the Good Food & Wine Show in Brisbane from October 17-19. Participate in masterclasses and chat with local farmers, producers, winemakers and chefs. This year’s show will feature some of the finest food artisans from Gympie to Northern NSW, along with special wines that you’d be unlikely to find in the supermarket.

Win a double pass!

Food Wine Travel has three double passes to the show to give away! More about that at the end of this post.

But first, here’s what to expect this year (General ticket entry $26):

The Courier Mail Theatre presented by Ilve – Watch and learn from local and interstate chefs including Alastair McLeod, Matt Golinski, Matt Moran, Miguel Maestre, Maggie Beer and Matt Stone. Sessions are free, but book in advance.

Riedel Wine Theatre – Free wine appreciation classes on the hour.

Laucke Creative Kitchen –Sammy and Bella from My Kitchen Rules give quick and easy cooking tips.

Nespresso Experience – Explore the latest coffee innovations and brewing techniques.

Cheese Alley by Tuckers Natural – Buffalo mozzarella, cheddar, camembert, goat’s cheese or creamy brie; meet the makers.

Nip of Courage Grazing Garden – food trucks from around Brisbane (including The Bun Mobile, That BBQ Joint and Siguenos); eat, chat and relax over wine or cocktails.

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Taking it to the next level – VIP Celebration Pass ($135 per adult).

Relax in the VIP lounge and enjoy Coonawarra wines, craft beers and canapés. The VIP Pass also includes reserved seating in the Theatre so you don’t miss the live shows.

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Add flavour to your foodie experience (additional charges apply for these).

Lifestyle FOOD Chef’s Table – Sample the three-course spoils prepared by each chef after the Courier Mail Theatre sessions, with Robert Oatley wines and a goodie bag.

Riedel Glass Tasting – Discover how varietal specific glasses affect your wine palate while tasting Robert Oatley’s Reserve range of Finisterre Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon (and you get to take some glasses home).

Zumbarons Masterclass – Learn the secrets behind Adriano Zumbo’s famed Zumbarons in a hands-on session, and take home your creations.

Miguel’s Spanish Fiesta – Sangria, music and a paella cooking class with Miguel Maestre.

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These are but a few of the masterclasses on offer. The Good Food & Wine Show will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from October 17-19, 9am-5pm each day. For full details and to buy passes, visit www.goodfoodshow.com.au

Win a double pass!

Email christine@foodwinetravel.com.au and tell me which of the Good Food & Wine Show chefs you’d love to meet and why.

Put “competition” in the subject line and include your address so the passes can be mailed to you if you win.

The competition is open to all Food Wine Travel subscribers. Hop on over to the box in the top right corner to subscribe if you haven’t already. Entries close on Thursday, October 9.

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Domaine Chandon 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé

by Christine Salins on October 1, 2014

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Domaine Chandon 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé, $19.95

We’ve recently returned from France where we enjoyed many a Rosé during the surprisingly balmy autumn weather. Around 29% of wine consumed in France in 2013 was Rosé and the figure is growing. Dan Buckle, senior winemaker at Yarra Valley winery Domaine Chandon, is keen to see Aussies embrace it with the same enthusiasm. Given the easy-drinking appeal of the Domaine Chandon 2014 Pinot Noir Rosé, it shouldn’t be difficult to convince us. It’s a fairly robust wine as far as Rosé goes, with a vibrant pink colour and bright, juicy fruit. The winery recommends it with smoked eggplant dip; we enjoyed it with ocean trout, roasted kipfler potatoes and asparagus with balsamic and feta. To me, Rosé is a perfect match with salmon and ocean trout, and the proof was in the glass.

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The Majlis Dubai: Camel Milk Café

by Christine Salins on September 27, 2014

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Camels have been the mainstay of traditional Arab life for centuries, not only for transport but also for sustenance. Despite having ridden these ships of the desert more times than I care to remember, I’ve never actually tasted their milk. So when I came across a camel milk café in the Dubai Mall, it was most definitely time for a rest stop.

As an aside, you can do with a rest while browsing around the mall, for like everything in Dubai, the mall is very big – big enough to have not just a walk-through aquarium and underwater zoo, but an ice skating rink as well. It’s said to be the biggest shopping mall in the world.

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Even though we were looking not buying, we were still tired from all the walking, so we welcomed a break at this lovely café. The Majlis opened in Dubai Mall in 2012 in a joint project between Emirates Industry and Al Nassma, which produces the camel milk products. There are now two other cafés as well, one at Jumeirah Grand Mosque and one at Arabian Adventures’ desert camp.

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The cafés sell a range of chocolates made from camel milk, including the impressive big one at the top of this post. There are also little camel-shaped chocolates in gift boxes, camel milk icecream, and chocolate bars ranging from 70% cocoa down to milk chocolate with orange and macadamia, dates, cardamom and so on. Yum!

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The café has its own coffee blend made from Ethiopian beans, which it serves with camel milk in hot drinks such as Camelccino and Camellatte. I had an iced coffee made from camel milk (see above) and was pleasantly surprised by the milk’s subtle flavour. Never a milk lover, cow or camel, Maurie had a refreshing mint and lemon drink which was bursting with flavour, goodness and vibrant colour.

All of the café’s baked goods – muffins, sweets etc – are made from camel milk. Coffee lovers will also find cinnamon, Turkish and Arabic green coffee, “Qahwah” (served from a traditional Dalla coffee pot) and other beverages from the Middle East such as local teas and Karkadeh, made from dried flowers. It also does fresh fruit juices and sandwiches.

Located in the “Souk” at Dubai Mall, The Majlis is a relaxing oasis with a small fountain at its heart and an Arabic sense of place.

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Some interesting facts about camel milk: it is naturally low in fat, containing about half the fat content of cow’s milk. It is much richer in minerals, calcium and vitamin C than cow’s milk. Camel milk and dates were the traditional diet of the Bedouins until the mid 20th century. There are no known allergies to camel millk; it might be easier for those with lactose intolerance to digest.

There’s a sad ending to this tale: we bought one of the chocolate bars to sample at home, but accidentally left it and a bag of other exquisite chocolates at a café in Abu Dhabi airport. Someone, somewhere, is hopefully enjoying our extravagant purchases.

Fact file:

The Majlis Dubai
Dubai Mall, United Arab Emirates

Visit: www.themajlisdubai.com

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