Thursday, 15 July 2010

Taste Paradise

The program for this years Cairns Festival has been released and also coincides with the launch of the new regional food brand 'taste paradise'. This slogan even emanated from the suggestion of a KS associate dragooned along to a regional food branding workshop earlier in the year!

The Longest Lunch on the Beachfront Angsana Resort & Spa Palm Cove

Friday 20 August 2010
11:30am for Noon – 3pm
Angsana Resort & Spa
Tickets: $110.00
Reserve by contacting: Samantha Halls, Angsana Resort & Spa on 07 4055 3000

Our opening lunch-time event, the Longest Lunch set right on the beach at Angsana's Far Horizons restaurant. Slip off your shoes and feel the sand between your toes! Relax under the enchanting shade of coconut palms and take in a five-course lunch featuring our region’s iconic ingredients prepared as a unique Taste Paradise lunch experience. Complete with a three hour wine drink package. This is surely Paradise.

Ben O’Donoghue Cooking Demonstration The Pier Farmgate Market
Saturday 21 August 2010 at 10am
Centre Stage, The Pier at the Marina, Cairns
Admission is Free

TV presenter, author and Celebrity Chef Ben O'Donoghue has travelled the world cooking for a whole host of rock-stars, celebrities, and other identities. He is well known for his television series of ‘Surfing the Menu’ and ‘The Best’ as well as guest appearances on several shows, including the recent MasterChef series.

Taste Paradise and Cairns Festival is proud to present this Ben O'Donoghue cooking demonstration at The Pier's centre stage, using some of local tropical foods from the Pier's Farmgate Market.

Celebrity Chef Luncheon with Ben O’Donoghue Sea Temple Palm Cove
Saturday 21 August 2010
12:30pm for 1pm – 3:30pm
Sea Temple Resort & Spa, Triton Street, Palm Cove
Tickets: $85
Reserve by calling 07 4059 9619

The culinary adventures head North to Palm Cove, where Taste Paradise guest chef Ben O’Donoghue will cook up a four-course luncheon on the beautiful Terrace at Sea Temple Palm Cove. For the chef and television presenter, cooking is a passion and a reflex, it’s something he’s done since childhood and it never ceases to stimulate his imagination. He unequivocally believes that food should be simple and distinctive, technically and culturally correct.

Join Celebrity Chef and a select group of Cairns Festival diners on the Terrace at Sea Temple Resort & Spa for a Taste Paradise 4-course luncheon — showcasing tropical foods of the region and matched with quality Pernod Ricard wines. An extraordinary meal and a foodie afternoon that is not to be missed. Book early as seats are limited.

A Taste of Palm Cove Locations around Palm Cove
Sunday 22 August 2010
11:30am – 3pm
Participating dining venues along Triton St, Veivers Rd and Williams Esplanade in Palm Cove
Tasting plates from $10.00 each
No reservations required

Stroll from one end of Palm Cove to the other on Sunday August 22nd when Cairns Festival's culinary odyssey heads to Palm Cove. Taste Paradise in this beautiful seaside town, when their award winning restaurants offer a grazing sensation to tantalise the taste buds. Special signature dishes on "tasting plates" will be featured from $10 each, for a fabulous way to try the delicious menus from Far Horizons at Angsana, Sea Temple, Deli aDrift, Nu Nu's, Bella Baci, Lime and Pepper, Il Forno, Beach Almond, Après Beach Bar & Grill, Vivo Bar and Grill and many more.

Visitors can indulge with a mini-treatment at Sea Temple, and then just wander the village amongst the age old Melaleucas and discover the boutiques, jewelry shops and art galleries that await. Enjoy live music and and good friends, or just relax on the beach and soak up the serenity of Palm Cove.

Ben O’Donoghue Celebrity Dinner Sebel Reef House
Sunday 22 August 2010
Pre-dinner drinks 5.30pm, Dinner 6.00pm
The Sebel Reef House & Spa, 99 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
Tickets: $149.00 per person
Reserve by calling The Sebel Reef House & Spa on 07 4055 3633
Ben O’Donoghue joins Philip Mitchell and his team to create a delicious Taste Paradise tropical 4-course Celebrity Chef Dinner at the Sebel Reef House & Spa as the sun goes down at Palm Cove beach. The menu will consist of local produce sourced by Ben and Phil. with Jacobs Creek reserve wines with each course and sparkling wine on arrival — proudly sponsored by Pernod Richard.

Ben first came to Australia’s attention through his ‘Surfing The Menu’ series with co-host Curtis Stone, but Londoners had discovered him years before as he headed some of the city’s finest restaurants — including the famous River Café. He was also head chef at the multi-award winning Hyatt Carlton Towers in Knightsbridge and Atlantic Bar and Grill in Piccadilly — one of Great Britain’s most brilliant eateries. Ben’s most recent challenge has been the opening of his new restaurant the South Bank Surf Club in Brisbane. Book early for this special Cairns Festival dining experience as seats are limited.

Taste Paradise Culinaire The Pier

The Festival’s Foodies Extravaganza takes over The Pier on 28 August with action happening in all areas of the complex. Leading local chefs will showcase their best recipes at the Taste Paradise Cooking Theatre with MC Tammy Barker at The Pier Hot Spot. Set among the Farmgate Markets, the public will be offered tastings of local fruits, vegetables and gourmet products throughout the day.

The Kid’s in the Kitchen program invites the region’s future culinary stars to join local chefs and learn simple cooking skill. Upstairs in the Shangri-la Hotel function rooms, there will be lots of chatter at the Taste Paradise Word of Mouth event will offer foodies chat sessions, with topical culinary discussions. In an adjacent room, the public can enjoy a showcase and tasting of Australian Wines, including North Queensland fruit wines, spirits, liqueurs and beers. If you haven’t explored the region’s extraordinary produce and foodways, Taste Paradise is your invitation to a culinary feast during Cairns Festival.

Saturday 28th August 2010
10:00am – 4:00pm
Centre Stage, The Pier at the Marina, Pierpoint Road, Cairns

Join our own regional celebrity chefs at The Pier’s centre stage where they will cook their favourite recipes using tropical food ingredients in cooking demonstrations throughout the day. Facilitated by Tammy Barker, catch a variety of chefs and demonstrators including Nick Holloway (NuNu), Jason Chuck (Eden House), David Bres (Olivers) Leon Walker (Wink) Bill, along with Geraldine McGuire (Rainforest Bounty) and Giovanna Mazzella (Cairns Cooking School). Come and meet the chefs, ask questions and have fun! Six demonstration sessions throughout the day on the hour every hour.

Saturday 28th August 2010
2:00 – 4:00pm
The Pier at the Marina, Pierpoint Road, Cairns
Free / Kids register at The Pier

Lot of fun for kids when local chefs and Thermomix give junior budding chefs the opportunity to learn about the principles of simple and delicious food preparation with some simple and nutritious recipes that can be replicated at home. By introducing tasty, healthy food when children are young to ensure they develop their palate and appreciation for good food for life-long healthy eating.

Saturday 28th August 2010
10am – 4pm
Trinity Room, Shangri-la Hotel, The Pier at the Marina,

Wind your way up the staircase to the Shangri-la function rooms, for a series of foodies chat sessions where tropical culinary discussions with celebrity and local chefs and identities, provoke thought and humour in fun fill gatherings including a debate with year 12 high school students. Six half hour sessions every hour throughout the day

Saturday 28th August 2010
2pm – 4pm
Trinity Room, Shangri-la Hotel, The Pier at the Marina,
$25.00 / Available at the door

Here’s a chance to taste and get to know some quality brand wines from around Australia, including wine tasting tutorials presented by local wine representatives. Included will be a tasting of Local Fruit Wines, Spirits, Liqueurs and Beers. Savour the tropical flavours that come through in these luscious fruit wines, liqueurs and spirits of the region that are making a breakthrough in the marketplace. Sponsored by The Pier and Shangri-la Hotel at the Marina.

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