Slow food to show­case lo­cal pro­duce at Taste of Chit­ter­ing

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

THE food and wine of Chit­ter­ing will be show­cased this month as the re­gion cel­e­brates its sixth Taste of Chit­ter­ing event.

The event, at Nesci Es­tate Wines, will show­case some of the re­gion’s finest pro­duce.

A new ad­di­tion to this year’s event is food demon­stra­tions and tast­ings by chef and leader in the slow food move­ment Vin­cenzo Vel­letri fo­cus­ing on lo­cal and healthy pro­duce.

Mr Vel­letri said he was look­ing for­ward to shar­ing the slow food phi­los­o­phy.

“Slow food is all about pre­serv­ing tra­di­tional cui­sine and en­cour­ag­ing sus­tain­able farm­ing of plants and live­stock, and the im­por­tance of healthy and lo­cal pro­duce,” he said.

“I hope we can share this phi­los­o­phy – what we do and why we do it – and make peo­ple aware of the amaz­ing pro­duce there is to of­fer here.”

Mr Vel­letri will be pre­par­ing lo­cal as­para­gus risotto with fresh goat cheese, beef stew with fresh lo­cal peas made with chuck steak, beef skew­ers mar­i­nated with Indigenous herbs, cooked on the wood fired grill and served with Mav­er­ick desert lime-in­fused oil and fo­cac­cia filled with lo­cally grown sil­ver beet, gar­lic and olives baked in the wood-fired oven.

This year the event will also be used to launch an ex­cit­ing new food and wine trail in the re­gion, the Chit­ter­ing Farm Flavour Trail, which fea­tures a string of lo­cal farms and winer­ies.

Live en­ter­tain­ment will be play­ing through­out the event, while vis­i­tors can browse a num­ber of lo­cal mar­ket schools and taste beer, wine and cider at the tast­ing shed.

Shire of Chit­ter­ing Pres­i­dent Gor­don Hous­ton said the event would show­case the Chit­ter­ing Val­ley.

“A Taste of Chit­ter­ing is the Shire’s sig­na­ture event of the year and show­cases all the re­gion has to of­fer,” he said. “We are for­tu­nate to have the Slow Food chefs on board this year pre­sent­ing culi­nary delicacies and sam­pled for ev­ery­one to try.”

Kevin Nesci from Nesci Es­tate Wines said he was thrilled to be host­ing the Taste of Chit­ter­ing for 2018.

“Our win­ery is the old­est in the re­gion and a real hid­den gem. We’re thrilled to have peo­ple come here and ex­pe­ri­ence the win­ery and all the pro­duce that will be on of­fer through­out the day,” he said.

The Taste of Chit­ter­ing will be held at Nesci Es­tate Wines on Au­gust 26 from 10am to 3pm.

Picture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d485499

Con­vivium leader and Slow Food Swan Val­ley chair Vin­cenzo Vel­letri and Nesci Es­tate Wines owner and wine­maker Kevin Nesci at Nesci Es­tate Wines.

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