Spotlight on Hunter Valley: Recapping the seventh annual Hunter Culinary Food Fight (NSW)

What happens when some of the top chefs from Sydney and the Hunter Valley are split into two teams and tasked with battling it out in the name of charity? I found out last weekend while up in the Hunter for the Hunter Culinary Association’s (HCA) 7th Annual Food Fight. The event aimed to raise funds for the Brett Graham scholarship and for Australia’s leading food rescue charity, OzHarvest. The scholarship is a long time initiative of the HCA, which gives young chefs the opportunity to work with Graham at his London Michelin starred restaurant, The Ledbury.... Read More | Share it now!

Behind the scenes of the World’s Best Steak: a trip to Jack’s Creek

Australian beef is amongst the best in the world, that much has been known for years, but interest has recently been jolted by a substantial award handed out at last year’s inaugural World Steak Challenge, which was held in London early October. That award was the title of World’s Best Steak, and it was claimed by a relatively modest family-owned farm just outside of Tamworth, in Willow Tree, owned by producers Jack’s Creek, their 450-day grain fed Wagyu cross striploin besting 70 other steaks from 10 other countries in a tightly controlled, panel-judged competition to emerge the champion. The result comes to no surprise for people who have actually tasted the exceptional produce that comes from Jack’s Creek, who are at the forefront of Australian premium beef production and have been for years.... Read More | Share it now!

Spotlight on Burleigh Heads: 24 Hours in the charming coastal suburb (Gold Coast)

When most Australians think of Gold Coast attention jumps to the ostentatious area around Cavill Avenue where many teens form their first impressions of the notoriously wild, club-heavy area during Schoolies. That’s a pretty extreme first impression, and sadly it’s one many hold until they actually go back as adults and see Gold Coast for what it really is: one of the most picturesque and prototypical cities in the country. It’s a city which is, right now, going through some major changes as the many different areas along the coast attempt to modernise and move away from tourist-trap businesses, towards local-friendly, hip hangs and lush restaurants that rival those further down the east coast in Sydney and Melbourne. Travel to the Gold Coast – both domestic and international – is becoming a much more attractive option with all this change going on, and it’s not just for the stunning weather and iconic beach culture anymore, as people begin to realise that the most memorable experiences on the Gold Coast aren’t only to be found in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. Case in point: Burleigh Heads.... Read More | Share it now!

Spotlight on Auckland: Where to eat and drink in the City of Sails (New Zealand)

Located on the North Island of New Zealand, Auckland is renowned as one of the major cities of the Oceania ecozone, an increasingly popular destination for those that use the city as a comfortable base for exploring the wider natural surrounds. The city is also a frequent stop for business travelers in the Southern Hemisphere, so it’s necessary to look at what to do with limited time in the city, and with plenty of options on the table, I thought it best to bring you seven of my favourite spots to eat and drink in the CBD and surrounds, based on a recent weekend stay in Auckland. ... Read More | Share it now!

Spotlight on Orange NSW: A Sneak Peek of Orange F.O.O.D Week

The Food of Orange District (F.O.O.D) festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Running from 8th to 17th April, F.O.O.D Week is the country’s longest running regional food festival. You only need to drive about 3.5 hours out of Sydney to reach the charming food and wine hub. Showcasing quality produce and cool climate wine of the region, Orange F.O.O.D Week brings together a love of good ingredients, community spirit, and diversity. The festival is packed with six signature events and more than 90 satellite events at local eateries, cellar doors, and paddocks.... Read More | Share it now!

Spotlight On Cronulla NSW: Exploring a refreshed and refocused dining scene

Every week it sounds like there’s something new opening in Cronulla, a reasonably isolated beachside town outside of Sydney that seems to have a dining gem around any corner. For now, they’re keeping a lot of this to themselves – but at the end of last year, we spent a weekend in Cronulla and thought we’d bring you four of our favourite dining experiences. ... Read More | Share it now!

Spotlight on King Street Wharf, Sydney: An early Valentine’s Day food crawl

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and it can be tricky to find something a little special for the day, we’ve already let you know our top set menus in single locations, but there’s also the option to just roam around on a good ol’ fashioned food and drink crawl. Luckily Sydney has many dining precincts to do so, and this past week we had a preview of what King Street Wharf has to offer.... Read More | Share it now!

Spotlight on Mudgee NSW: cherries, chocolate, cheese, and wine – a weekend away in Mudgee

Just under four hours outside of Sydney lies the Mudgee region, where you’ll find a unique food and wine scene that lends perfectly to a weekend away. The most famous wine destination in NSW has long been the Hunter Valley but in recent years areas like Mudgee have been steady gaining more and more attention, focused in on the more intimate, tailored experiences and adaptability that comes with having a smaller, more tight-knit community of wineries. Perhaps the best indication of this is that the communal spirit between Mudgee’s various wine makers that is evident from the way each talk about the region and one another, promoting rather than competing.... Read More | Share it now!

Spotlight on Meriton Festival Village 2016 – Hyde Park (Sydney)

Sydney Festival is back for their huge 40th year anniversary, once again propping up their central hub in the leafy surrounds of Hyde Park, this year presenting a re-brand of sorts as what was once known as Sydney Festival Village now becomes Meriton Festival Village. Not much has changed aside from the name though, and thankfully last year’s spacious layout is recreating almost exactly, with a few changes here and there, and an even bigger focus on providing families with a tempting all-day pop-up bursting with entertainment and hospitality.... Read More | Share it now!

Spotlight on Box Hill: Exploring the restaurants of Melbourne’s Box Hill Central

If you’re undoubtedly a fan of delicious Asian cuisine, there’s no better place to sample a bit of everything than at the heart of Box Hill Central. This busy shopping complex located in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs is home to a diverse range of restaurants and cafes serving up some of the best traditional foods outside of Asia. There’s no need to worry if you’re a bit indecisive; we headed along recently to experience all that Box Hill Central could offer us on a plate and have compiled a list of the tastiest picks from some of our favourite establishments, all to make your next trip there a little bit easier.... Read More | Share it now!