I enjoyed myself at the Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show. Friday was nice and quiet. I was lucky enough to be able to get into some masterclasses. Saturday was busier and some of the sessions I wanted to go to were booked out.
Tip: Book your Good Food and Wine Show classes before the day.
In the Celebrity Theatre, I see the always delightful Maggie Beer and the cheeky Anna Gare. I paced myself trying wines in the Riedel Wine Theatre. Then I sampled some new cheese in Cheese Alley. I also watched Bella in the Chopping Block.
One of the highlights was meeting Miguel Maestre in the Chef’s Table. He was entertaining and humorous.
I ate a tasting plate of three-course allergy friendly Bulletproof menu. It was totally vegetarian and Italian themed. Instead of pasta, Miguel used a lettuce leaf and zucchini spaghetti in a creative way. I learnt a handy tip – that his mama used to say ‘one garlic clove per person’.
Later I attended the wine tasting Riedel masterclass, where we sampled six regional Australian wines. I was impressed by the variety of wine tasted and the good value with the gift pack of glasses and a bottle of wine.
The cheese tasting experience was interesting. I learnt that mozzarella in Italy is always eaten the day it is made. I particularly liked the Tuckers Natural caramelised onion crackers.
At the end of the day, I attended the Nespresso coffee tasting journey. I quickly picked up how to use the machine and we tried four different coffee pods, including an affogato – decaf on Movenpick vanilla ice cream.
Maggie Beer’s new ice cream – malted milk and chocolate biscuit wins the best food sample in my book.
Overall an enjoyable way to spend a day exploring and tasting your way around some of Queensland and Australia’s best food and wine producers.