Sunday, November 28, 2010

Taste Paradise Food & Wine Festival Begins

7th August, 2010

Ben O’Donoghue will thrill the diners at the Sea Temple and Sebel Reef House in Palm Cove this month but that doesn’t stop other ‘foodies’ from catching up with Ben at a public cooking demonstration in The Pier at the Marina, Cairns at 9:30am on Saturday 21st August. Well known as one of the handsome two guys from ‘Surfing the Menu’, Ben will let you into a few of his (recipe) secrets with his relaxed surfer style that is sure to please the crowd.

Also on that Saturday at The Pier there will be cooking demonstrations by our own local celebrity chefs. As much as we love to have the likes of Ben O’Donoghue come up to our region, we have some pretty good chefs of our own. Local culinary hero such as Craig Squire; this region’s most dedicated advocate of the local food produce that he has been espousing in the 14 successful years of his Ochre Restaurant, will showcase some delights from his menu. Not so long in Cairns but dedicated to using local produce is Jimmy Shu of Hanuman’s Restaurant whose knowledge of the Asian foods grown in our region, is a part of his psyche stemming back from his own Asian roots.

An art component is added to the festival with the Palate to Palette art exhibition of all thing foodie, presented by the Visual Arts Association of FNQ. Here paintings, pottery, ceramics, photography and even weaving on a food theme will be on display. And in Gallery Inc., well known Australian contemporary artist and local Julie Poulsen will display her ‘Menus’ exhibition.

There will be a renewed interest in stallholders for the Farmgate Market and a good display of locally produced foods will be available. So put it in your diary and come along on Saturday 21st August from 9:30am – 2pm. See you there.

Next week I will update you on the second big weekend of Taste Paradise Food & Wine Festival and announce our other special guest chef.

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