Launch 2013 SBS Feast -Tastings on Hastings
Launch 2013 SBS Feast -Tastings on Hastings

Launch 2013 SBS Feast -Tastings on Hastings

October will see a bigger and better Tastings on Hastings!

Cassegrain Blanc de Blanc

Cassegrain Stone Circle Blanc de Blanc for the Tastings on Hastings Launch

Tastings on Hastings is the annual month long food, beer, wine and cultural festival based in Port Macquarie. It was officially launched this week with the announced that SBS food magazine Feast, will be the new Major Sponsor. The partnership will see the event taken to a national audience, and is set to put Port Macquarie on the map as a first-class food and wine destination.

Feast Magazine Sponsoring Tastings on Hastings

Feast Magazine Sponsoring Tastings on Hastings

Feast magazine’s involvement will mean that local growers, producers and chefs will have the opportunity, through Tastings on Hastings to showcase their wares to a much greater audience than ever before.

Alix Clark Editor Feast Magazine

Alix Clark Editor Feast Magazine

“Green and Growing” is “The Tastings” theme this year. Bringing to life this message was a “Tree of Life” body painting exhibition. The living work of art was painted by a local artist and personifies the living and giving nature of our earth. At the foot of the tree a bounty of fresh regional produce was displayed, which brought to mind the abundance provided by of our natural environment.

Tree of Life Living Sculpture

Tree of Life Living Sculpture

The launch was opened with a “Welcome to Country” by Indigenous community leader Billy O’Brien who spoke of the generous bounty our sacred land offers if we respect our surroundings and live in harmony. He gave thanks to the earth for the blessings she bestows on the people, and finished in the native language with “Come, you are welcome.” It was a very inspirational and uplifting start to the festival from the native custodian of our land.

Sonia Fingleton speaking at the Tastings on Hastings Launch

Sonia Fingleton speaking at the Tastings on Hastings Launch

Sonia Fingleton from the Good Food Group shared some details of the upcoming events and invited guests to raise a toast to this years Tastings on Hastings with a glass of Cassegrain Wines, Stone Circle Blanc de Blanc.

Cassegrain Wines Blanc de Blanc

Cassegrain Wines – Blanc de Blanc

As you would expect from the launch of a food festival, hospitality partner Eighteen Thirty Restaurant at the Glasshouse provided a taste of some of the regional delights in the canapes served. Whilst guests mingled and discussed the timetabled events we were able to sample a delicious dill pancake with locally caught, fresh prawn and creamy avocado.

Prawn & Avocado Canapes

Prawn & Avocado Canapes

Ricardos strawberries featured in these sweet tartlets with a crisp buttery shell and luscious creamy filling.

Ricardo Strawberry Tartlet

Ricardo Strawberry Tartlet

…and these delicious, rich, chocolate mud cupcakes were adorned in Bago Berries for the perfect, fresh, fruity finish.

Bago Berry Chocolate Mud Cupcake

Bago Berry Chocolate Mud Cupcake

Events for Tastings on Hastings will kick off on the 6th October with “Breakfast in the Beds” at Near River Produce.  This is an authentic “Paddock to Plate” experience.  Guests will be welcomed to the organic market, harvest fresh produce, and pass it on to their chef for the preparation of breakfast.

Breakfast in the Beds

Breakfast in the Beds

Imagine selecting your own seasonal vegetables such as spinach and asparagus, choosing organic eggs for poaching and bacon from pigs raised in the valley. Whilst the chef prepares breakfast, diners will enjoy tea, coffee and pastries and a glass of sparkling wine from local vineyards.

Cost of this unique experience is just $40 per head and bookings need to be received by the 1st October. For more information visit Breakfast in the Beds.

Tastings on Hastings Launch

Tastings on Hastings Launch

This year REAP Food Rescue program will be a charitable partner to the event.  REAP is the regional branch of Oz Harvest and founder Katrina Humble explained to me that the organisation rescues nearly 800kgs of food each month, which save charities on average $13,000 off their monthly food bill. This figure represents a huge cost reduction to charities. Food gathered by REAP is distributed to the local soup kitchens and refuges which assists these organisations in helping more people in need in the community.

For a complete timetable of all the wonderful events on offer go to Tastings of The Hastings. I will also be updating regularly through the months of September and October reminding you to book a weekend in Port to take advantage of the festivities. Follow along with me as I suggest the ideal romantic destinations in Port Macquarie for couple visiting the area, and offer self contained solutions for families.

So readers, keep your weekends free in October, and plan to join me in Port Macquarie for “Tastings on Hastings!”

Gourmet Getaways would like to thank Sonia Fingleton from the Good Company Group and Gabrielle Brewer Lifestyle & Tourism Public Relations for the opportunity to attend the Tastings on Hastings Launch.

Gourmet Getaways

About Julie

Comments

  1. Wow – I grew up in the Hastings and I had no idea the Tastings on the Hastings had become so sophisticated!

  2. If every day is as good as the first I am sure you are in for a treat 🙂

  3. So nice of you to help put Hastings on the map, too. Don’t be surprised if you see me in October, Julie! Those photos of the canapés, the strawberry tartlets and mini chocolate cupcakes look sooo good.

    P.s. Bravo to REAP for all their good works.

  4. Oh is it that time of the year again! What a great event they have lined up and thanks for bringing it to us! 😀

  5. oh nice! and love the breakfast in beds concept.

  6. Ohhh I’ve actually never heard of this event before, but it sure sounds like fun 🙂 I ‘d love to go but a shame that it’s a bit far for me ~ But please enjoy for me!

  7. That living sculpture is pretty impressive! This looks like a terrific event – maybe someday I’ll have a chance to attend!

  8. Everything looks so wonderful! Your pictures are perfect and it looks like the event was too!

  9. What a marvelous event! The food looks incredible!!! I know you’ll have a wonderful time this year 🙂

  10. those Ricardo Strawberry Tartlet look really nice!

  11. What a great event, and I adore a good breakfast- today I bought chicken bacon for the weekend!

  12. What a great event and the breakfast in bed sounds fantastic!I love those shrimp canapes and tartlets! They look so cute!

  13. The breakfast in bed sounds awesome… What a fun and delicious event! Love all the finger foods served, especially prawn and avocado canapes…so pretty!

Speak Your Mind

*

Google+