****IGA Taste Great Southern Launch****

IGA Taste Great Southern Launch 2014Website: http://www.greatsoutherntastewa.com/

The PFEs were delighted to be invited to the 10th Year Celebration Launch of IGA Taste Great Southern held at the Studio Underground Foyer in the Perth State Theatre Complex last week. The 2014 program is the largest yet, with over 55 independent events taking place from February 22 through to March 30. It was great that we could get a taste as well as information of this event showcasing the great southern regions of WA including Albany,  Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker, and the Porongorups.

On the day itself, we were sent some info of the night ahead, such as this..

What do you do with 3,000 blueberries, 2 kilos of olives, 36 punnets of strawberries and 280 yabbies?

Have Anna Gare create a 7ft art installation of course!

How excitement! I couldn’t wait to attend the event. Unfortunately there was a massive traffic jam on the way to Northbridge so I ended up about half an hour late and the speeches had started! I think I missed out on the oysters too! Unfortunately Miss Egg could not attend this event due to her work commitment so I headed over with a mate.

We were offered drinks as we arrived – a Cab Sav, Sav Blanc and Rose!

Cab Sav Sav BlancRose 

While the speeches were going on, plates of finger foods were served to the guests, sourced from the finest regional produce that the Great Southern had to offer, ranging from Mount Barker Chicken, to Ringwould goats cheese to the Great Southern lamb to name a few, and most with wine from the region incorporated into the food itself. They were delicious!

Ringwood goat's cheese, spinach and capsicum crepe roll Mount Barker chicken & peanut salad with cucumber relish Warm great southern lamb on potato rosti and Gilberts Riesling poached pear Butterfield Beef and duxelle wellingtons with Howard Park Cab Sav jus reduction More yummy finger food!

The main attraction was definitely the incredible, edible and visual feast created by Anna Gare in the centre of the room. Guests could pick from pieces of food from this artwork! There were yabbies, frittata, olives, strawberries and blueberries! Incredilby cool!

Anna Gare's food artwork

A close up photo of the yabbies below! Apologies for the quality of the photos – I had to use the Iphone instead of my camera as I didn’t have enough hands with all the drinks and food passing by!

Yabbies!

We were treated with another visual feast with a creation by Bridget Waters from Ripe Art, a stunning dress designed and hand made out of a base of sliced dehydrated mushrooms! It offered an amazing aroma, contrasted with gorgeous oriental orchids and salt crystals, finished with highlights of soft pink fabric and moss. Fashion and food collide in this awesome piece! The dress was modelled by Sarah Blangiardo.

Gorgeous and innovative mushroom dress!

Cooking demonstrations follow suit! There were some great dishes served up at the end, my favorite being the Seafood Chowder cooked by Peter Manifis from Incontro Restaurant in South Perth. It’s usually not in the menu but Peter said he could do it especially if requested when we asked! Yay! We can’t get enough of the chowder!

Peter Manifis at work! Watermelon and feta salad Kingfish + dessert Chowder galore!

The event was hosted by Verity James – such an engaging MC! Here she is offering us some yummy blueberries from the south 🙂

Blueberries anyone?!

It was such a fun night as you can see from the grin on our faces! 

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Thanks to the Great Southern Tourism Events and the Brand Clinic for the event, and the invitation from The CorkandCheeseFor more information of the Taste Great Southern program, check out their website – click here.

Narration by: Miss L


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