GOURMET ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - The Food Issue - MICHELLE ROWE

Gourmet get­away: Bris­bane’s Emporium Ho­tel this week launches its first Emporium Epi­curean Ad­ven­ture culi­nary pack­age. The deal in­cludes overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion on Satur­day, June 15, an af­ter­noon cook­ing class with chef Tony Per­cuoco, plus a cock­tail re­cep­tion and de­gus­ta­tion din­ner in Per­cuoco’s Ris­torante Tartufo. The next es­cape is on Au­gust 24; $595 a cou­ple. More: 1200 883 611; em­po­ri­umho­tel.com.au. Well oiled: Aus­tralia’s first ex­tra vir­gin olive oil fes­ti­val will be held on July 10 at The Mint in Syd­ney’s Mac­quarie Street. New-sea­son oils will be on show and grow­ers will ex­plain the ben­e­fits of pre­mium lo­cal oils. The $45 en­try ticket in­cludes a masterclass and panel dis­cus­sion, tast­ings and glass of wine. More: fevoo13.com. Wine and dine: Barossa Gourmet Week­end has an ex­panded pro­gram this year, with more than 30 tourism op­er­a­tors, winer­ies and food pro­duc­ers show­ing their wares from Au­gust 16-18. A des­ig­nated-driver pro­gram and two bus loops will take the pres­sure off those sam­pling South Aus­tralia’s best tip­ples. More: barossagourmetweek­end.com.au. Fes­ti­val feasts: The new-look Tast­ing Aus­tralia kicks off in South Aus­tralia on April 27 next year, un­der the creative guid­ance of chef Si­mon Bryant, wine ex­pert Paul Henry and fes­ti­val pa­tron Mag­gie Beer. The theme of the week-long fes­ti­val will be ‘‘ori­gins’’, with events fo­cus­ing on lo­cal food and wines. More: tast­ing-aus­tralia.com.au. Lord it up: Gourmet breakfasts, sun­set drinks and canapes, plus a three-course din­ner with wine, are part of a free-flights pack­age at Lord Howe Is­land’s Capella Lodge. Book a seven-night stay be­tween Au­gust 3 and Septem­ber 30 for the price of six and get two free re­turn Qan­tasLink flights from Syd­ney or Bris­bane. From $3900 a per­son twin-share. More: capel­lalodge.com.au. On the hunt: His­toric Chateau Yer­ing in Vic­to­ria’s Yarra Val­ley will host a truf­fle week­end with ac­com­mo­da­tion in a River Suite on Satur­day, July 13, af­ter­noon truf­fle hunt, six-course truf­fle de­gus­ta­tion din­ner and Sun­day break­fast; $1055 a cou­ple. More: chateauy­er­ing.com.au.

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