En­twined in the Val­ley to host se­cret pic­nic

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Belinda Cipri­ano

A DIN­NER so se­cret that guests won’t find out where it is un­til the day is just one of the hall­mark events that form part of this year’s En­twined in the Val­ley pro­gram.

The in­au­gu­ral Swan Val­ley Se­cret Sup­per is set to serve up an evening of en­chant­ment and rus­tic charm of the Swan Val­ley in an ex­quis­ite lo­ca­tion.

Fea­tur­ing guest per­form­ers, an ex­clu­sive and in­ti­mate din­ing space and live art­work, guests will be asked to pick up their own pic­nic bas­ket and spend an idyl­lic day for­ag­ing for their choice of ban­quet fare around the Swan Val­ley.

James Tal­i­jan­cich, wine­maker and am­bas­sador for this year’s pro­gram, said he was look­ing for­ward to the food and wine week­end. He said the event was the per­fect plat­form for wine­mak­ers and cre­ators to come to­gether and share their sto­ries of the past, pre­sent and fu­ture.

“These events are cru­cial to our suc­cess and for the pub­lic to ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand what we do best,” he said.

Mr Tal­i­jan­cich, who joined the fam­ily’s wine­mak­ing busi­ness in 1977 as a third gen­er­a­tion wine­maker, has learnt the ins and outs of the craft.

Tal­i­jan­cich Wines is fa­mous for its clas­sic for­ti­fied wines and fo­cuses on mak­ing wines from lo­callysourced fruit.

“We are spoilt here, know­ing we can pro­duce great table wines and for­ti­fieds from one re­gion and very few wine re­gions in the world have this abil­ity,” he said.

Mr Tal­i­jan­cich will be joined by chef Michael Hart­nell, artist Jude Tay­lor and grape grower and pro­ducer Mar­lene Katich as fes­ti­val am­bas­sadors of the week­end of food, wine, mu­sic, com­edy and art.

The Swan Val­ley Se­cret Sup­per is one of more than 60 in­di­vid­ual events tak­ing place.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

City of Swan Cor­po­rate events of­fi­cer Michelle Day­man and James Tal­i­jan­cich raise a glass to En­twined in the Val­ley.

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