Taste Great Southern is a celebration of one of Australia’s greatest food and wine regions, and a beautiful part of Western Australia. Host to 35 events, the festival returns in 2020 from March 26 to April 5 and is centred around Albany, Denmark, Mt Barker, Porongurup, Frankland River and Katanning.
Inaugural winner of MasterChef Australia, Julie Goodwin, will be the headline talent for 2020. She will be joined by more than 25 chefs and presenters including 2019 WA MasterChef finalist Derek Lau, Denmark local Anna Gare, Paul Iskov from Fervor, and Amy Hamilton from award-winning Albany bar and restaurant Liberte.
Other chefs include Melissa Palinkas from Young George; Guy Jeffreys from Fogarty Wine Group; Scott Brannigan from Bread in Common; Russell Blaikie from Must Winebar; Peter Manifis from Kailis Fish Market Café; Kenny McHardy from Manuka Woodfire Kitchen; Stuart Laws from Showcase Events WA; Gord Kahle from Cook & Mason; Nic Lancaster from Due South; Silas Masih from Pepper and Salt; Sally Francis from Runes Catering; and freelance Albany Chef Geoff Richardson.
“It’s fantastic to see that this event has grown into one of the State’s top food and wine festivals,” he said. “The Great Southern region is regarded as one of Australia’s premier culinary destinations, which this event helps to showcase through its degustation dinners, markets, festivals, cooking classes, performances and celebrity chefs.
“Taste Great Southern has continued to flourish during its 15-year history, bringing thousands of visitors to the region, which helps to boost the local economy. Supporting regional events, in particular food and wine events, is a key part of the State Government’s plan to increase visitors to WA and encourage them to stay longer and do more while they’re here.”
Events will be announced progressively with details and ticketing information at www.tastegreatsouthern.com.au.
Key events include:
Thursday, March 26
- The Women of the Region Dinner at Princess Harbour Sailing Club with Julie Goodwin, Sally Francis, Anna Gare, Amy Hamilton and Melissa Palinkas with Galafrey’s Kim Tyrer
Friday, March 27
- The Denmark Night Markets
- High Cheese at The Beach House at Bayside in Albany with Craig and Sally Pullin
- Grandeur at Phillips Brook Estate
Saturday, March 28
- Shop Local/Eat Local at the Albany Farmers Market with Julie Goodwin
- Autumn Offerings at the Yongergnow-Ongerup Community Resource Centre
- Big BBQ at Due South with Nic Lancaster
- Dinner by the Lake at the Lake House Denmark with Julie Goodwin
- Frankland River Cellar Door Experience bus tour
- Great Southern Farm to Plate Dinner at Monty’s Leap with Russell Blaikie
- Wool and Wine dinner at the Premier Mill, Katanning
Sunday, March 29
- In The Raw Seafood & Wine at Emu Point Boat Harbour with Peter Manifis and Larry Cherubino.
- Dine in the Vines at Boston Brewing, Denmark with Anna Gare
- Galafrey Wines Long Table Lunch at Mt Barker with Scott Brannigan
- Sandalwood Nut High Tea and Wine Tasting at Mount Romance Sandalwood Factory
- Two Waters Dinner with Fervor at Emu Point with Paul Iskov and Guy Jeffreys
Tuesday, March 31
- Great Southern Edge at Taylor St Quarters in Esperance with Russell Blaikie and Dean Wood.
- Wine and Swine at Liberte with Melissa Palinkas, Amy Hamilton and Gord Kahle.
Wednesday, April 1
- Unpalatable at the Vancouver Arts Centre
- Menang Food Journey at the Kalgan River with Larry Blight
Thursday, April 2
- Great Southern Wine Journey at the NLV Clubhouse Albany with Derek Lau and Mike Bennie.
Friday, April 3
- Beef It Up Feast at Due South with Derek Lau and Nic Lancaster
- High Cheese at the Beach House at Bayside with Sally and Craig Pullin
Saturday, April 4
- The Albany Wine & Food Festival at Eyre Park in Albany with Derek Lau, Amy Hamilton, Anna Gare and Geoff Richardson.
- Cherubino Wines Dinner at Three Anchors in Albany with Kenny McHardy.
Sunday, April 5
- Coco d’Vino Masterclass at Singlefile Wines in Denmark.
- Southern Sets Music Festival at Eyre Park in Albany.
- The Amazing Marron Feast at Pepper & Salt in Denmark with Silas Masih, Scott Brannigan and Anna Gare
For the latest news and all events go to www.tastegreatsouthern.com.au