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Welcome Ron Clarke MBE - Mayor The annual Tastes of Gold Coast food and wine festival is a joint initiative of the Gold Coast City Council and Gold Coast Tourism. It’s a festival that unites the wonderful food producers, chefs, restaurants, and wine and beverage makers of the Gold Coast and its hinterland. Through their co-operative efforts, we are treated to an innovative and imaginative program of events, held at various locations across our region. There’s food and wine-themed banquets, dinners, cooking demonstrations, street parties, markets, and competitions. As its name implies, it’s a festival that’s all about good old fashioned fun and people enjoying themselves – a festival that perfectly compliments our superb weather and relaxed lifestyle.

I commend Tastes of Gold Coast to our local community and to our many visitors. Festival Par tners

Tastes of Gold Coast festival assures that the contents of this brochure are correct at the time of printing. However, Tastes of Gold Coast festival reserves the right to vary advertised programs, add, withdraw or substitute where necessary.

Festival Ambassadors George Francisco –

E xecutive Chef – QT Gold Coast

George joins us from the world-famous boutique hotel, Jonah’s in Sydney. As head chef he was awarded three chefs hats in the last four years by the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide and a huge seven SMH chefs hats during his impressive career in Australia. As Executive Chef at QT Gold Coast, George utilises the best local produce available to create masterpieces, which encompass his passion for both food and life. A member of the Slow Food Movement, George volunteers his time to promote good, clean and fair food and links between food producers and consumers. Tastes of Gold Coast is privileged to have such a vastly experienced and award winning chef endorsing our 2011 festival.

Brennan Fielding –

Master Brewer – Burleigh Brewing Co.

Originally from the United States, Brennan Fielding is a brewmaster with almost two decades of experience in independent brewing. Prior to establishing his own Burleigh Brewing Company on the Gold Coast in 2006, Brennan worked at breweries such as Gordon Biersch (USA), Shinano Brewery (Japan), Brew Moon (Hawaii) and the Oxford Brewing Company (Brisbane). Brennan’s beers have won numerous awards on the world stage and Brennan himself is an international beer judge.

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Festival Ambassadors Robby Horley -

Owner – Palmy Café

Robbie brings a depth of knowledge and over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. In 1982 Horley started Aromas, a coffee business that evolved into 10 cafes and restaurants across South East Queensland before moving on and trying her hand in other businesses. She has been at the forefront of establishing a number of local businesses on the Coast including Moontide, Mermaids and Congas before her creative side kicked in and, as a consultant, she helped to develop Swingin’ Safari, Seafire, Liquid Amber and the Beachouse. Robbie now runs the Palmy Café in Palm Beach and represents a true face of the Gold Coast.

Matthew McKenzie -

Chef – JSSCC Ambassador

Matthew was accepted into Jamie Oliver’s first international restaurant, Fifteen Melbourne, Australia. After successfully graduating from Fifteen Melbourne at the age of 21, Matthew landed his second chef position at Melbourne’s finest three hat French restaurant “Vue de Monde”. His career excelled with an offer to fly overseas to Hakuba, Japan, to launch the innovative bar and restaurant, the boutique 4 star Aqua Alpine Hotel. He then returned to Brisbane where he was appointed Head Chef at the famous historical Old Government House, Queensland. Matt now runs his catering business “Divine Dinners” and teaches his “Life Skills Education” program to disadvantaged youth across Australia as well as being employed as a private chef and hotel ambassador for “Privé 249” at Brisbane’s 5 star Sofitel Hotel.

Full Moon Degustation

MONDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2011 Our 2011 signature event is a Full Moon Degustation. This all inclusive 7-course celestial food celebration with matching beverages is set beneath the stars to indulge and illuminate you. Presented at an iconic Gold Coast location, this is an exclusive dining experience, with a moonlight menu that pays homage to the very best of Gold Coast cuisine. The full moon sets the scene for this premier dining event that showcases the very best food and wine the Gold Coast & its Hinterland have to offer in a delicious sensory experience. Make sure to get your tickets early for this exclusive Tastes of Gold Coast event. time: 6:30pm   where: Point Break, Burleigh   price: $130   bookings essential:

Junior Secondary School’s Culinary Challenge

THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2011 An exciting new partnership with the Junior Secondary Schools Culinary Competition showcases the Gold Coast’s budding young talent and features a not-to-be missed Signature Lunch.

Grand Final: Students will cook-off in an innovative fresh food celebration exploring flavours, textures and tastes. The finalists will meet head-to-head at the Gold Coast Show with the hope of presenting their winning dish alongside some of the Gold Coast’s finest chefs.

Signature Lunch: The successful team of the competition presents you with their winning

dish as the main course of a luncheon sponsored by the Gold Coast Institute of Tafe. Come and support these budding young chefs and celebrate their victory in a lunch with the entrée and dessert designed by local celebrity chef, Matthew McKenzie.

time: 12pm   where: Visions Restaurant, Gold Coast Institute of Tafe price: $45 Adult/Child, $150 Family (2 Adults, 2 Children) bookings essential:

Catch it & Cook it

SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2011 Grab dad and your fishing rod and get involved in a whopper of an event this year at Catch it and Cook it. An experience to be shared with someone special, this fresh new addition to the program is a must this Fathers Day. Catch It & Cook it is an interactive fishing experience off the pier at the Broadwater Parklands. Participants are invited to catch their own feast alongside professional fisherman who will help clean and prepare your catch. Gather by the sea and bask in the famous Gold Coast sunshine as you enjoy a feast of your own creation in its freshest and simplest form. Don’t let this unique and exciting adventure pass you by. Expect special guest appearances and giveaways throughout the day. time: 10am–2pm   where: Broadwater Parklands Pier, Southport price: Free entry bookings: not required

Tastes of Paradise

SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2011 Come and get a Taste of Paradise as local restaurants showcase their culinary prowess and extend their tables across the Esplanade, Paradise Point. Soak up the carnival atmosphere with fine food, fine wines and roving entertainment. time: 6pm–11pm   where: The Esplanade, Paradise Point bookings:

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2011 Tip your hat to the white rabbit at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, a delectable afternoon tea of fine food and good company. Imagine music performances, creative workshops, roving performers combined with the search for the Gold Coast’s best cupcake all in the beautiful landscaped gardens and stunning sandstone architecture of Bond’s lakeside campus. Bond University is proud to present all this and more at Bond by the Lake, a free, signature event that celebrates and promotes creativity and the arts in the Bond community

Bond By The Lake time: from 1pm onwards   price: Free Entry Mad Hatter’s Tea Party time: Session 1 – 1:30pm, Session 2 – 3:00pm   where: Bond University ornamental lawns   price: $25 bookings required:

Calendar of Events 03 Saturday 04 Sunday

Chefs of Surfers Paradise 3 Chefs Do Lunch


JSSCC Grand Final Catch It & Cook It

05 Monday

Restaurants & Catering Queensland Awards

06 Tuesday

Burger Lounge Beer Appreciation


Little Truffle Annual Decadent Degustation


08 Thursday 09 Friday 10


JSSCC Signature Lunch Fun Food & Wine Trivia Challenge

Elephant Rock Spring Degustation

Roar Foods Cooking Class Coffee–Tea–Chocolate Benihana Teppanyaki Cooking Class Italiano Carnevale

Chevron Village Carnivale

Special thanks to: Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast Tourism, Business GC, Mayor Cr Ron Clarke, Cr Donna Gates, Cr John Wayne, Cr Grant Pforr, Cr Margaret Grummitt, Cr Peter Young, Cr Dawn Crichlow, Cr Susie Douglas, Cr Robert La Castra, Cr Ted Shepherd, Cr Eddy Sarroff, Cr Jan Grew, Cr Greg Betts, Cr Daphne McDonald, Cr Chris Robbins, Gold Coast Airport, Gold Coast Bulletin, Hot Tomato, Channel 9, gcVIP, Life Magazine, Gold Coast Magazine, Label Magazine, Marissa Jacuzzi, Ollie Falle, Jason Solman, Judy Hill, Tiana Higginson, Ivanka Kovac, Andrew Meadowcroft, Gail O’Neill, Wendy Vaughn, Lloyd Moore, Pat Jenyns, Shannon Willoughby, Ray Maguire, Karen Phillips, Liz Hamilton, Connecting Southern Gold Coast, Louise Bezzina, Elisa & Ahmed El Safty , Donovan Pearse, Skypoint and all our 2011 Event Hosts!

3–18 September 11


Bond by the Lake (Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & GC Cupcake Competition)



Full Moon Degustation



Little Truffle 100km Degustation









Smooth Sounds & Palmy Sundowns Coffee–Tea–Chocolate QT Bazaar High Tea Cooking Class Around the World in 80 Minutes Tastes of Paradise Making Food Fun!

Palm Beach Parklands event

Sunday Session… Stimulate Your Tastebuds

Around the World in 80 Minutes

SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2011 A special lunch event with a twist! Bazaar is an interactive marketplace located at QT Gold Coast. Executive Chef and festival ambassador, George Francisco, has created a unique event which features exotic cuisines from locations all around the world. You will be taken on a culinary journey as you taste delights from countries including the Middle East, Americas, North Africa, France, Italy, Spain and much more. You will also enjoy a glass of matched wine from specific countries around the world with each course. All ticket holders for this event go in the draw to win a $500 flight voucher, courtesy of Gold Coast Airport, to be drawn on the day. time: 12pm–3pm   where: Bazaar, QT Gold Coast price: $95 per person or $90 per person for a group of 6 or more bookings required: (07) 55 84 1200

Chevron Village Carnivale

SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2011 Chevron Island comes alive for one balmy Gold Coast evening in September as local restaurants extend their dining out onto the streets for a feature Tastes of Gold Coast event. The evening will be lit up with festivities for the whole family to experience, with culinary delights, live entertainment, special offers and more exciting surprises in-store. Step out and enjoy this electric and vibrant street carnivale and indulge in the spoils of the much-loved Gold Coast food and wine festival. time: 5:30pm–9:30pm   where: Thomas Drive, Chevron Island price: Free entry bookings: not required

Making Food Fun!

SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2011 Trained dietician Kate Wengier brings her successful childrens cooking sessions to the Palm Beach Parklands for the close of the Festival. Children will learn healthy hand washing and nutrition tips while preparing a ‘colourful’ snack to enjoy at the end of their session. Sessions are limited so parents should book early to avoid disappointment! times: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm where: Palm Beach Parklands   price: Free entry bookings required:

Cooking Classes Roar Foods Cooking Class

Friday 9 September

Raw Food is about high taste and high nutrition. Cooking in the raw combines fruits, seeds, nuts and vegetables to create almost indecently scrumptious dishes. In two hours, your hosts Suki and Brendan of Roar Foods will introduce you to the Raw Food Revolution and you’ll never look back! Watch, learn, and taste 10 exceptionally easy recipes. Whether you want to tame your tyrranosaurus toddler or the latest love interest — the impact and pleasure of raw food will send both spinning. time: 6pm - 8pm   price: $55 per person where: Living Well Studio, 2/5 Stevenson Crt. Burleigh Heads   bookings: / 0451 049 041

Benihana Teppanyaki Cooking Class

Saturday 10 September

Learn the tricks first hand from Benihana’s very own teppanyaki chefs as they show you how to enhance the natural flavours of fresh ingredients and prepare a range of dishes right in front of you. Price includes live cooking demonstration, an informative presentation from our Executive Chef and a three-course meal with a glass of wine to compliment each course. Limited seats are available, so book early to avoid disappointment. time: 11am   bookings: (07) 5592 97 70 where: Benihana Japanese Steakhouse, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

High Tea at QT Bazaar Tastes of Gold Coast Ambassador, George Francisco will be hosting a unique High Tea Cooking Class in his impressive kitchen at Bazaar. The popular interactive marketplace, located at QT Gold Coast is an ideal venue for guests to learn about making scones, homemade jam and brandy cream. George will also be teaching participants how to make his signature Champagne Madelines and Teton de Venus. This is a very intimate event and only available for a very limited number of guests. time: 12pm – 2pm   price: $70 per person   bookings: (07) 55 84 1200

Friday 16 September

Featured Listings 3 Chefs Do Lunch

Saturday 03 – 09 –11

Take three highly-respected chefs, throw in the freshest local produce, mix in live demonstrations, a pinch of giveaways then serve with delicious wines to complement – and you have the premiere event for Tastes of Gold Coast! Watch as professional chefs Daisuke Miyake (Ten Japanese Restaurant), Brian Meade (The Arts Centre Gold Coast) and George Francisco (QT Gold Coast) re-create their favourite signature dishes, resulting in a nine course lunch that will have your taste buds singing. A deliciously entertaining event, abundant with food, wine, recipes and great giveaways!

time: 10:30am   price: $130 per person   bookings required: (07) 55 88 4000 where: Paradise Showroom, The Arts Centre Gold Coast

Coffee–Tea–Chocolate A celebration of everything coffee, tea and chocolate with daily tastings and demonstrations of both regional and single origin products.

price: Free entry where: Bean Leaf, Shop 11, 3 Deodar Drive, Burleigh Heads

Cof fee - 3 – 8 September Daily tastings of Australian and international single origin coffee from leading Queensland roasters. With coffee from Byron hinterland, along with exotic coffees from Ethiopia, Sumatra and Columbia brewed in a variety of ways to reveal the unique tastes of each region and terroir. Then join our coffee trail to sample coffee from Gold Coast leading baristas and cafes.

Tea - 15 –17 September Rare vintage teas , herbal and origin teas from China, Taiwan, Ceylon and the Himalayas showcased daily along with ice teas and chai tea beverages. Then follow on to High Tea at the Red Frog Cafe, Burleigh

Chocolate - 9 –14 September

Sample single origin and regional chocolate and cacao’s including rare heritage varieties. Including the first 100% Australian Daintree Chocolate grown in North Queensland.

Featured Listings Little Truffle Annual Decadent Degustation Dinner To celebrate the end of the Australian truffle season, Little Truffle Dining Room and Bar is once again hosting their annual Decadent Degustation Dinner. Guests will enjoy an exquisite 6 course degustation featuring Australian Black Truffles. With a signature cocktail on arrival, live entertainment and a decadent menu, this event will surely sell out.

when: Wednesday 7 September time: 7pm   price: $95 per person where: Little Truffle Dining Room & Bar   bookings: (07) 5526 5033

Little Truffle 100km Dinner Executive Chef and owner of Little Truffle Dining Room & Bar, Daniel Ridgeway, has created a unique event which showcases the very best produce sourced from within 100 kilometers of the award winning restaurant. The 100 Kilometer Dinner will offer guests a delicious four course dinner with all the ingredients grown and produced locally, whilst enjoying live entertainment.

when: Wednesday 14 September time: 7pm   price: $69 per person where: Little Truffle Dining Room & Bar   bookings: (07) 5526 5033

Sunday Session…Stimulate your Tastebuds Think luminous skies, colourful cocktails, sultry tropical air, a westerly aspect taking in the gleaming sparkle of the Pacific Ocean, take in our magic sunset whilst indulging in a tasty authentic Italian pizza. Sip, dance and segue smoothly into the evening with deep dusk tunes from one of our top DJ’s and let our chef Francesco Lo Touro take you to Italy with his sublime gourmet pizzas sprinkled with the coast’s fresh ingredients. when: Sunday 18 September   time: 5pm   price: Free entry, no bookings required where: Komune Resort, Coolangatta  

Event Listings Chefs of Sur fers Paradise Chefs of Surfers Paradise will showcase some of Surfers Paradises’ top chefs, including a live cooking demonstration and sampling. This event is a follow on from the huge success of the recent A la Carte in the Park.

when: Saturday 3 September  time: 10:30am   where: Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise   price: Free entry, no bookings required

Restaurants & Catering Queensland Awards for Excellence The Savour Australia™ Restaurant & Catering HOSTPLUS Awards for Excellence are the most dependable and authoritative guide to Australia’s best restaurant and caterers. There are close to 50 different restaurant and catering categories where members have identified their cuisine or event type, so establishments can be judged in the most appropriate category. The unique quality of the awards program is the uniformity of the judging program on a national basis enabling the Association to conduct a competitive and unbiased awards program. where: Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach Island dress code: Black Tie   RSVPs: Friday 26 August info + bookings: / 1300 722 878

Burger Lounge Beer Appreciation The Kirra Burger Lounge partners with the Burleigh Brewing Company to present a Beer Appreciation Evening. Master griller Jason Steele matches bite size burgers against Master Brewer and festival ambassador Brennan Fielding’s award winning beers. when: Tuesday 6 September  time: 6:30–8:30pm  where: Kirra Burger Lounge   price: $25

Smooth Sounds & Palmy Sundowns Hosted by Tastes of Gold Coast Ambassador, Robby Horley, this quintessential Southern Gold Coast experience is all about live laid-back local music, friends, laughter and a welcoming atmosphere to match. when: Thursday 15 September   time: 7pm   price: $29 (inclusive of all food & a Sundown cocktail), Full cash bar available   bookings: 5525 0288, 0419 955 055 where: The Palmy Café Restaurant, 1089 Gold Coast Highway  

Event Listings Fun Food & Wine Trivia Challenge You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy this entertaining night out. All you need is a sense of humour and enjoy eating and drinking! Not your typical ‘pub’ trivia, this event often has humorous photos for each question and answer plus a seven-course degustation meal! Proceeds go to Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC), providing life-saving medical treatment to underprivileged children.

when: Thursday 8 September  time: 6:30pm   where: The Arts Centre Gold Coast   price: $69.00 per person bookings:

Elephant Rock Spring Seafood Degustation Elephant Rock Café is proud to present a celebration of its 21st Spring in operation, with a 6 course degustation featuring produce from S.E. QLD, prepared by Head Chef Skinner and team. Local suppliers include Currumbin-based Rainbow Meats, Seafresh of West Burleigh and Ashmore Wholesale Markets. Each course will be complemented by a wine chosen by Peter Panoussis of Mezzanine wines.

when: Thursday 8 September   time: 7pm   bookings: (07) 5598 2133 price: $120 where: Elephant Rock Café, Currumbin Beach

Italiano Carnevale Do away with moderation for one night of absolute indulgence at Watermark Hotel & Spa’s ever-popular Italiano Carnevale. Here is your chance to experience the rich and vibrant culture of Italy. No passport required – just a big appetite, a zealous sense of fun and your finest dancing shoes! Rally a group of your closest friends and prepare for sensual overload, for this lively celebration will be abundant with authentic Italian cuisine, full-bodied wines and live entertainment. when: Saturday 10 September   time: 6:30pm  price: $85 per person or $75 per person for a group of 6 or more where: Amalfi Restaurant, Watermark Hotel   bookings: (07) 5588 8305

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