This morning my sister and I headed to the Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show. As complete novices we had no idea what we were in for with over 200 exhibitors nearly half of which where exhibiting (and sampling) their wines and spirits. BYO glass! We got to sample some really beautiful foods and wines. I’ve listed here some of the favourite things I discovered in case you don’t make it to the show:
Fresita – premium chilean sparkling wine with natural strawberry pulp. As well as the normal 750ml bottles they are available in these gorgeous 200ml four packs. How cute would they be for Christmas day!
Oomoo Sparkling Shiraz – my words were ‘oh wow, that’s really nice’, but Hardy’s describe it a little more eloquently: ‘fresh cherry and satsuma plum notes followed by a rich mulberry jam and intense chocolate, spice and licorice add complexity to the Shiraz fruit characters’. Retails for around $27 a bottle. Another one for Chritmas day.
Kikkoman Lime, Lemongrass & Soy Marinade and sauce – sensational citrusy marinade. Delicious with chicken or prawns (I have mine marinating now!) or even mixed with cream cheese to make a dip.
Ayam Malaysian Rendang Sauce – forget Indian takeaway. Put a can of this in the pantry and some diced beef in the freezer. The whole can is added to the beef and cooked slowly to reduce the sauce. Perhaps a little spicy for the kids – but absolutely sensational for adults.
OlivFresh Organics – I was fortunate enough to receive a jar of their ligurian style organic olives on Thursday night when I went to a Silverwood Organics customer function. Yum! I love olives – and these are possibly the best I’ve tasted in quite some time. They are available online and at Mrs Flannery’s.
Careme Traditional Pastry – forget pastry that leaves a lining of fat on the roof of your mouth – Careme pastry is like no other. So light, just delicious. The lady on the stand, who I suspect is the owner of the company explained that the secrets is using New Zealand butter – apparently the cows produce a more consistent ‘product’ due to the frequent rain and abundant green grass for them to graze on. Mmmm…interesting. Now where can I go to buy this butter?
Govino – these gorgeous wine glasses are actually plastic – but they are so thin and so easy to drink out of. We have a ‘no glass’ rule around our pool so I snapped up two packs of four of these for summer entertaining. They’ll be christened this afternoon when our friends pop over for a BBQ. Available online for $19.95 for a 4 pack ($14.95 if you can get to the show today).
Silverwood Organics – couldn’t miss visiting and sampling the most succulent slow cooked shoulder of lamb from my favouite online Organic Lamb suppliers. Yum!
Next year we’ll be getting a babysitter and taking our husbands. It’s a fantastic day – not to be missed!