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

Coast with the most: Author Amanda Tab­berer has launched food and wine tours of the Amalfi Coast, in­clud­ing vis­its to some of the restau­rants and kitchens fea­tured in her lat­est book, Amalfi Coast Recipes. The five-star, week-long tours de­part from Rome and visit many of the 13 vil­lages along the SPENDeight days tak­ing in culi­nary high­lights be­tween Barcelona and San Se­bas­tian as part of In­trepid’s Real Food Ad­ven­ture: North­ern Spain itin­er­ary. The Septem­ber 29 de­par­ture is now $1646 a per­son twin-share, a 25 per cent dis­count. The trip in­cludes a tast­ing tour through Barcelona’s La Bo­que­ria mar­ket, a Cata­lan cook­ing class, tapas crawls through the cities, a visit to a San Se­bas­tian cider house and wine ex­pe­ri­ences in La Rioja. More: in­trepid­travel.com. 40km­coast­line, in­clud­ing the moun­tain­top town of Tra­monti and the fish­ing vil­lage of Ce­tara, with gourmet meals, home-cook­ing classes, wine tast­ings and sun­set cock­tails in­cluded. The next de­par­ture is Oc­to­ber 12-19; from j8000 11,660) a per­son. More: my-amalfi-coast.com. Bak­ing in Bali: Guests whostay a min­i­mum of three nights at the Alila Mang­gis bou­tique re­sort in East Bali will en­joy a free half-day food ex­pe­ri­ence that in­cludes bak­ing Ba­li­nese cakes and cre­at­ing health drinks in the re­sort’s or­ganic gar­den. The Cook­ing My­Way Through East Bali of­fer, which is valid un­til Septem­ber 30, also fea­tures mar­ket vis­its and lessons in cook­ing pop­u­lar lo­cal dishes, plus some fish­ing trips. Rooms from $US170 ($187) a night twin-share. More: alila­ho­tels.com/mang­gis. Maestre class: The an­nual Shoal Bay Jazz, Wine and Food Fes­ti­val in Port Stephens, NSW, will be ex­panded into the big­ger Shoal Bay Fes­ti­val of the Senses for its 20th an­niver­sary edi­tion on Septem­ber 7. Tele­vi­sion chef Miguel Maestre will con­duct live cook­ing demon­stra­tions, stalls will show­case lo­cal pro­duce and there will be jazz to en­ter­tain pa­trons. More: port­stephens.org.au. Is­land de­lights: Get in quick to book a spot on a Septem­ber 5-12 tour of Sar­dinia with chefs Gio­vanni Pilu and Alessan­dro Pavoni. The tour will take in Pilu’s home vil­lage, Sa Serra, plus a boat trip to Cala Luna and vis­its to Sar­dinia’s old­est vine­yard and restau­rant. From $8500 a per­son, in­clud­ing meals, wine, ac­com­mo­da­tion and ex­cur­sions. More: ac­cou­trement.com.au.

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