Win­ning hearts, minds and stom­achs

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Front Page - MICHELLE ROWE

FOOD and travel go hand in hand, and this week we bring you our spe­cial Food Is­sue, with sto­ries on the world’s hottest din­ing spots, culi­nary movers and shak­ers, and in­ter­na­tional in­sider se­crets. There’s much to talk about on the do­mes­tic front, too — we hope you’ll en­joy our guide to the coun­try’s best restau­rants with rooms, from the award-win­ning Prove­nance Res­tau­rant & Ac­com­mo­da­tion in Vic­to­ria’s Beech­worth to Tas­ma­nia’s glam­orous Saf­fire Fr­eycinet.

Given its mul­ti­cul­tural mix, out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty and tem­per­ate cli­mate, Aus­tralia is the per­fect gourmet des­ti­na­tion and is at­tract­ing an in­creas­ing num­ber of the lead­ing in­ter­na­tional chefs to its world­class food events. This month’s Crave Sydney In­ter­na­tional Food Fes­ti­val has a stel­lar line-up of ac­tiv­i­ties across NSW, as well as high-pro­file global food iden­ti­ties, in­clud­ing Ja­son Ather­ton, Mas­simo Bot­tura and Jordi Roca, ap­pear­ing along­side our lo­cal tal­ent. WA’s Mar­garet River Gourmet Es­cape, mean­while, will launch with a bang, not a whim­per, next month, hav­ing signed Brazil­ian star Alex Atala (see page 11), Rene Redzepi, He­ston Blu­men­thal and Sat Bains.

With do­mes­tic tourism suf­fer­ing, these pop­u­lar gourmet events give us a shot in the arm and the in­ter­na­tional culi­nary community a chance to check out the best of Aus­tralia’s restau­rants and pro­duc­ers and re­turn home to spread the word. The way to vis­i­tors’ hearts, it’s to be hoped, is through their stom­achs. Su­san Kuro­sawa is on as­sign­ment.

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