Miss Oz and I again visited the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo which was held recently. This is an extremely popular event here on the Coast. Held over three days in January each year, it showcases some of Australia’s best wine, food and produce.
Once again we found the array of goodies available to sample absolutely outstanding. With over 80 exhibitors this year, there is something to suit everyone’s taste.
We tasted some amazing wines and liqueurs, some fantastic cheeses as well as dips, marinades and condiments.
We also enjoyed watching a cooking demonstration by Tasia and Gracia, winners of My Kitchen Rules 2016. They were making Lemongrass Chicken Salad which looked very yummy.
Here are a few of my top picks of what we sampled and ultimately bought. I could have bought a lot more than I did but I was determined to not blow my budget!
Bunnamagoo Wines are from Mudgee in NSW which is one of my favourite wine growing areas in Australia. I was immediately won over by the Mount Lawson 2016 Moscato. Very pale pink in colour, I found this wine deliciously fruity and refreshing. So two bottles came home with us. Bunnamagoo has a Cellar Door just six kilometres from Mudgee so that will be added to my list of must visit places next time we are down that way.
ROSIE’S HONEY MUSTARD DRESSING
Honey and Mustard would have to be one of my favourite flavour combinations so when we came across Rosie’s stand I couldn’t wait to try her dressing and it was so good! It can be used as both a marinade or a salad dressing and it’s equally good either way. We made Honey Mustard Chicken with it as soon as we got home!
Rosie hails from western NSW and started making her dressing in 2005 to supplement their farm income during the drought. Rosie started selling her dressing at markets and now it is sold all over Australia. You can check out Rosie’s website to find stockists in your area or can you can buy on-line.
The Bunya Cheese Company produces a range of delicious soft cheeses including an Ashed cheese, a triple cream and washed rind cheese. All of them are absolutely delicious. The Bunya Cheese Company were originally located in Kingaroy and have now moved production to Brisbane. Their cheeses can be found in a growing number of deli’s around the Brisbane area. You can head to their Facebook page for more information.
This is Miss Oz’s favourite stand as she loves their beef jerky or Biltong. Springbok foods is Australia’s largest retailer of South African foods and groceries. They have a number of different flavours available in their Biltong range including chilli, peri peri and honey soy. Springbok Foods also make a dried sausage which I really liked. They have retail locations on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Brisbane as well or you can order online.
Beef Jerky is something that I think always goes really well with a cold beer!
Our last purchase was from Roza’s Gourmet and it was a very hard decision too. Roza’s produce a delicious array of Pesto’s, relish’s, dips and mayonnaise’s. The thing I liked most about all Roza’s products is the fact that they contain no artificial presevatives, are made from natural ingredients and are also gluten free for those that require it. We settled on a jar of Aioli Garlic Mayonaise which has been a big hit when teamed with homemade wedges! Roza’s products can be found at many IGA Supermarkets or order online at Roza’s website.
I also have to make mention of the following yummies that we tried but didn’t purchase –
The Smelly Cheese Company
Hugo Wines – great Shiraz
Food and Wine Expo’s are held in various locations around Australia. The next one is in Canberra from 17th to 19th February, 2017. Check the Food and Wine Expo website for more information.