The New England region is starting to develop a reputation for producing quality wine. Wine production is not new to the area with vineyards near Inverell dating back to the early 1900’s. With this century, the industry has been reinvigorated with new vineyards and a vibrant wine show to discover and celebrate the best of the best.
Gourmet in the Glen
Saturday October 7th 2006
After a modest beginning as “Grapes on the Grass”, this local wine festival now known as “Gourmet in the Glen”is a showcase for New England wine producers.
The day will include tastings of the local wine to enjoy while you sample wonderful culinary delights from local restaurants. The festival also features a range of a range of local produce from regional food producers. Many of the successful Wine Show exhibitors will also have stalls where you can purchase bottles of your favourite drop to take home.
Something new to the festival is the Cook-Off competition where two apprentice chefs from the town team up with invited chefs in a “ready, steady, cook” style of event – the teams of two will be put to the task of preparing a meal in twenty minutes from a mystery bag of ingredients.
Music will be provided by a number of talented young people from the district and beyond. All you have to do is choose a mouthwatering dish and a suitable wine from the wide range on offer and enjoy the music during a beautiful spring day in Glen Innes.
Please see the New England Wine Show website or the Gourmet in the Glen website for more information about this great event. Please note that entry to Gourmet in the Glen (held at the Glen Innes Showground) is free. If you wish to taste the wines entered in the wine show (150 of them!), this costs $20 and includes a souvenir tasting glass – great value for the opportunity to sample the best wines of the region.
The festival finale is the Glen Gourmet and Grape Ball. Held at the Showground on Saturday evening (October 7th 2006), you will be treated to a fabulous night of wonderful food, exceptional local wine and fantastic entertainment. Dress is Black Tie with music provided by Maxwell Street (from Armidale) who will keep the party atmosphere well and truly jumping.
Next post will look at some of the local wines in more details so stay tuned for more on this subject. Cheers from Aussie Sapphire.