TIDBITS FROM THE WIDE WORLD OF FOOD
TOUR Italy without leaving Sydney when Australia’s leading Italian chefs fly the flag for the old country. The Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia will hold its sixth annual Gusto food festival at Sydney Fish Market’s Sydney Seafood School on Sunday, August 21. Debates on whether Italian culinary traditions are worth preserving, masterclasses, wine workshops and tasting sessions will round out the day and junior members of the family can learn pizza and pasta making at a special class. More: cira.com.au.
IF France is more your thing, new food tours launched by author Mary Moody, chef Dany Chouet and partner Trish Hobbs take in the Perigord and Quercy regions. The first tour kicks off in September and will combine gentle strolls through the French countryside with picnic lunches prepared by Chouet, formerly of Cleopatra’s restaurant in the NSWBlue Mountains, or rustic meals in local farmhouses. Afternoons include visits to chateaus, gardens and villages, and all-important shopping time, plus visits to restaurants chosen by Chouet and Hobbs, who have lived in southwest France for several years. More: worldexpeditions.com.au.
IF you’re looking for a good reason to cosy up at Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain Lodge this winter, the annual Tastings at the Top gourmet event may just be the nudge you need. The event, in its 17th year, takes place from June 25 to 27 and includes degustation dinners, cooking demos, market visits and tastings. A three-night package, including all Tastings at the Top events, accommodation and other extras, costs from $1595 a person twinshare. More: cradlemountainlodge.com.au.
ETIHAD Airways is taking the inflight meal to a new level with plans to introduce onboard chefs in its Diamond First cabins. The airline will recruit 100 international chefs to prepare dishes for passengers and develop menus, both on board and in the airline’s airport lounges. The chefs will be introduced on selected routes from October and will be in all first-class cabins by the end of the year. More: etihadairways.com.