Exciting News and Items for your Diary – April 2005

By Franz Scheurer


The 2005 ‘Spirit of Speyside’ Whisky Festival starts on Friday 29th April 2005 with a jam-packed four-day program. For more information go to:



Charles Melton Wines will hold a series of Cellar Door Dinners in 2005

With a limit of 25 people per dinner they sell out fast, so book early! Details as follows:

Friday May 6th - Adelaide Cup Theme! Dress up and wear a hat! Sweeps!

Friday June 3rd - Blending the best! Help us blend the next release Nine Popes!

Friday July 1st - Christmas in July (without the in-laws!)

Friday August 5th - Just for the sake of it dinner!

Friday September 2nd - AFL footy theme (without the nasty VB beer!)

Friday October 7th - Stay tuned for a theme!

Friday November 4th - Hmmm… still stay tuned for a theme!

Friday December 2nd - Beach Party! Find that loud Hawaiian shirt!

Cost: $ 90 p/person including all food and wines

For more information or bookings call: 

Tracy Anderson at Charles Melton Wines 08 8563 3606


"Autumn Long Lunch” on the Lawns at Moss Brothers will take place on Sunday April 24, at twelve noon, a joint venture with Cahootz (Berry Farm products) and Moss Brothers. They will serve port pate's, crisp breads, hot grilled meats from the Venison Farm, autumn flavoured chutneys, preserved figs with local goats cheese salad, local cheeses and quince paste, and to top it off, a tasting of John Walker chocolates with their fortified wines.

This is about exploring your taste buds, trying different flavour combinations, whilst learning about wine and trying your own hand at wine blending; Cost, all-inclusive $45 p/person

For more information or bookings call:

Moss Brothers 08 9755-6270 or e-mail barbara@mossbrothers.com.au


The Sydney Bar Show 2005 will be held at Wharf 8, King Street Wharf, Sydney, on September 20th and 21st 2005. The number one event for the Bar Trade, it combines the largest collection of drink brands and bar-related products in Australia with lectures, tastings and mixology seminars and provides the ideal platform to launch a new product. A highlight will be the Australian Bartender Magazine’s ‘Bartender of the Year’ competition on day one, where you will be able to watch twenty of our most talented bartenders shake, muddle and battle it out. Note: Trade only!

For more information please visit www.barshow.com.au


Don’t miss the Great French Degustation on Sunday, 29th May, at ‘berardo’s’ restaurant and bar in Noosa, with guest chefs Shannon Bennett, Mark Best and Bruno Loubet cooking up a storm and serving a six-course feast, matched by premium French wines. Cost: $ 145 p/person

For more information or bookings:

Call ‘berardo’s’ on:  07 5474 0460


Tasting Australia, Australia’s premier food get-together, and one of the world’s most important gastronomic events, is again being staged in Adelaide from 21st – 30th October 2005. British food guru Sophie Grigson, Italian-born culinary father figure Antonio Carluccio, acclaimed television cook and restaurateur Rick Stein and author Jill Norman form part of a large team of food professionals appearing at Tasting Australia. The British celebrities will be joined by Ireland’s favourite TV cooks, Paul and Jeanne Rankin, along with a large delegation of high profile food, drink and travel professionals from around the world. The Australian team includes inspiring chefs like Cheong Liew, Tim Pak Poy, Geoff Lindsay, Greg Malouf, Peter Evans, Darren Simpson, Kate Lamont, Jeremy Strode, Alain Fabregue, Iain Hewitson, Shannon Bennett, Serge Dansereau, Stephanie Alexander and many more. The World Food Media Awards will also be held as part of Tasting Australia. According to Festival Director, Ian Parmenter, this will be the most comprehensive Tasting Australia ever, with plenty for all appetites.

For details consult: http://www.tasting-australia.com.au


2005 sees the 10th Anniversary of Cheong Liew at the Grange. The Adelaide Hilton, under the inspired leadership of Jean-Luc Fourrier, and Cheong Liew and his fabulous team, have come up with a celebratory menu, showcasing some of Cheong’s most famous dishes. This is definitely the year to eat at the Grange, South Australia’s foremost fine dining restaurant. Treat yourself to a roller-coaster ride of flavours and textures unlike any other, with the ‘gentle’ culinary drill sergeant and one of the world’s best chefs: Cheong Liew!

For more information or bookings:

Adelaide Hilton: 08 8217 2000


And last but by no means least:


Yours truly has just been appointed the ‘Ambassador’ for Australia and New Zealand for the Islay Whisky Club (with members in 26 countries). My aim will be to bring members of the local chapter of the Islay Whisky Club together in Single Malt tastings, workshops and social gatherings with a whisky focus. We will hopefully recruit many new members and introduce them to the wonderful world of whisky. I have set up a web site for the Australian / New Zealand Chapter with an electronic newsletter to follow, soon. We will organise regular, enlightening and educational whisky trips to Islay, visit the Islay Whisky Club’s clubhouse at the beautiful Ballygrant Inn, and experience the warm hospitality of Islay and its people. The club brings people together from all over the world and from all walks of life, who appreciate the pleasures of Islay Single Malts, or who have an interest in this traditional Hebridean industry that contributes so much to the life on Islay and in Scotland. For more information e-mail me, Franz Scheurer, at info@australiangourmetpages.com and have a look at the Australian and New Zealand Chapter site: http://www.classic.com.au/wizard/IWCHome.htm and also check out the Islay Whisky Club’s Islay home at: http://www.islaywhiskyclub.com/