Please enjoy a stroll down memory land with this wonderful post by Australian dietitian, Emma Stirling, from The Scoop on Nutrition
What a pleasure it was having Robyn visit Australia and spend time chatting and eating. And what amazing timing, as she was here smack bang in the middle of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Let me share with you some fabulous food finds as we take you through postcards of the festival. Can we inspire your next vacation?
Food, glorious food!
If you’re planning a visit to Melbourne, aim for March. This true foodie town comes alive during the annual festival. Every patch of the city is turned into a pop up cafe or edible garden.
You can attend hands on cooking classes, foodie lectures or a special night at one of the top restaurants. Or even…
Pull up a deck chair in the main square and watch a food inspired movie, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. What a great idea for your next foodie event?
Stars of Spice Gala:
The festival night of nights was held in a mystery location this year – an old wool storehouse, complete with belly dancers and a Chinese dragon. Five international guest chefs designed a 6 course menu to entice all senses. Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, dubbed the ‘jungle chef’, designed the appetizer Robyn and I loved:
Food find: Kingfish ceviche with lime and chilli
Pedro has made a name through his dedication to finding new dishes using Incan, Andean and Amazonian ingredients combined with classic European techniques. According to the festival his ingredients often include:
Food find: Alpaca ham, snails the size of baseballs, guinea pig and Peruvian jungle fruits and grains.And then there was our dessert by American born, now Bali based, Chef Chris Salans of Ubud’s renowned Mozaic restaurant.
Food find: Cassia Bark Infused chocolate mousse with saffron kumquat.
Long lunch: Now when you hear long lunch, you probably don’t read that literally. But the festival boasts some of the longest tables in the world. You can join a regional long lunch…how about on a train bridge?
Or how about in one of the Melbourne laneways, just as we did, South East Asian style hosted by restaurant Red Spice Road
Finally, here’s a taste inside Red Spice Road, to get your appetite going and your vacation planning underway. See you down-under real soon.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Emma Stirling is an Australian Accredited Practising Dietitian and editor of The Scoop on Nutrition – a blog by expert dietitians. She would love to connect with anyone planning a trip down under or chat foodie finds anytime.
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