Ready For A Delicious Getaway? How To Make The Most Of The Taste Great Southern Foodie Festival

bySally Hall
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With all the delicious culinary events on offer at Taste Great Southern, it can almost be overwhelming to plan your ultimate foodie adventure… If you’re feeling the FOMO, we’ve been pondering our own itinerary for the festival’s two weekends, and in this case, you’re totally allowed to copy our homework.

Friday May 6

Start off your big festival of feasting nice and easy, with a visit to the Tambellup Community Market. Cruise through and check out some of the local produce and handcrafted wares on offer, plus there’ll be a live cooking demonstration from guest chef Paul Iskov of Fervor, known for their next-level dining pop-ups that showcase unique native Australian ingredients. A free event, you won’t even need to book tickets – how easy is that?

Continue on to your base camp at Albany and then take things up a notch with a celebration of the stellar seafood the Great Southern boasts. Catch of the South’s 10 course degustation menu has been collaboratively designed by guest chefs Analiese Gregory, Don Hancey and Trenton Brennan, alongside local seafood producers and fishermen – plus you’ll get to enjoy a few glasses of wine while you’re at it. What could be better than that?

Saturday May 7

Have a nice sleep in – you’ve got plenty of deliciousness ahead of you! Once 1pm rolls around, you’ll be enjoying the spoils as Perth fine-diner Fleur and Albany brewer Wilson join forces for one not-to-be-missed meal, where Fleur’s head chef Shane Middleton will be dishing up three courses of amazing local produce from the brewer’s bar.

Sunday May 8

Venture up to Katanning for Kaat-Nyiny Yorga Yarning, a truly special event hosted by Kaat-Nyiny Yorga artist and entrepreneur, Wendy Hayward. Not only will you get to enjoy a delicious three-course lunch, but you’ll be able to delve into Wendy’s childhood memories collecting Bushtucker – from fishing for gilgie with her grandmother to hunting kangaroos with her father.

Friday May 13

With all the exciting chefs and produce floating around, you’ll surely be inspired to brush up your own skills in the kitchen? Instructed by cooking sensation Jordan Bruno, Cooking Masterclass & Lunch By The Lake will have you cooking like the pros in no time, then be treated to a lunch feast by the lake and all in the truly picturesque setting of Denmark’s Lake House.

Saturday May 14

On Saturday we’re headed to the Albany Food & Wine Festival for a huge day of award-winning wines and craft beer, paired of course with fresh local produce, live music and a few special guest chefs. Taking place at the Albany Agricultural Society Exhibition Pavilion, you’ll have the opportunity to sip over a hundred wines from the Great Southern region, match them with some tasty tapas and enjoy cooking demos from the likes of Evan Hayter, Jordan Bruno and Trenton Brennan. Tickets are only $20 ($25 on the day), or you can indulge in the special Lake House Denmark Lounge – get more info here.

Don’t forget to pace yourself (and make sure you grab a few goodies from the festival) before you make your way to legendary local bakers Bred Co for a feast for the ages. You’ll be able to enjoy four lush courses of pasta, made by Bred Co’s Sam Dawson with their very own locally-grown, house-milled, Great Southern flour and paired with local drops from Brave New Wine. We couldn’t dream of a better match made in heaven!

Sunday May 15

Round out your Taste Great Southern experience with a relaxing Sunday spent sampling  a selection of vermouths at La Hora Del Vermut (The Vermouth Hour), courtesy of organic natural wine producer Oranje Tractor. As well as delicious vermouths (one of our favourite tipples of recent years), you’ll be snacking on tapas created by chef Sophie Zalokar using – you guessed it! – stunning local produce. 

To plan your own Taste Great Southern adventure, head to their Website and check out the full program of events.

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