Taste Great Southern 2017

While Sydney-based celebrity chefs Colin Fassnidge and Miguel Maestre will attract much of the limelight at the three-week, 2017 Taste Great Southern food and wine festival, the region’s scenic wonders will be the real stars.

Western Australia’s stunning Great Southern region, which covers an area only slightly smaller than Switzerland, stretches from its pristine southern coastline into the farming hinterland and includes major centres Albany, Denmark, Mt Barker, Kojonup and Katanning.

It is also one of the most diverse and engaging food and wine regions in Australia and boasts some of the most beautiful and unique natural tourism attractions in the state.

Foods like oysters and seafood, cereal crops, beef and lamb, vegetables and milk products all excel on the south coast and the wine varietals such as Shiraz, Riesling and Pinot Noir all compete strongly on the world stage.

Taste Great Southern events in 2017 will include festivals, markets, degustation dinners and lunches, wine tasting, beer, coffee and spirit sessions, food and wine pairing, masterclasses and community events.

Colin Fassnidge and Miguel Maestre and WA’s own Anna Gare will head a line-up of dozens of chefs who will cook and make appearances at up to 50 events at Taste Great Southern over three weekends and two weeks from Thursday March 23 to Sunday April 9, 2017.

Leading up to the main program will be satellite events, Graze Mount Barker and the Porongurup Wine Festival staged over the long weekend at the beginning of March and will provide a taste of what will be on offer over the full program.

Events will be held all across the more than 39,000 sq km region.

Highlights include:

  •  Fervor & Skyhook Helicopters Picnic on Breaksea Island
  • Rockcliffe Night Market
  • Liberte Garden Party
  • Junkyard Feast (
  • Albany Farmers Market
  • Albany Wine and Food Festival
  • Galafrey Wines, celebrating 40 years

There will also be spectacular regional events on offer:

  • Porongurup Wine Festival

Now in its 28th year, the festival will again be a feast for the senses featuring local wineries providing their award winning cool climate wines for tastings with local food and entertainment.

  • Boston Brewing Company Blues and Brews

Eugene Hideaway Bridges (USA), Blue Shaddy, Miles Mitchell and Tom Fisher & the Layabouts will be performing on the day. All beers are made on premise and a focus will be on American beers to match the blues and American styled local produce with an emphasis on Boston Brewing’s BBQ smoker.

  • Katanning Harmony Festival

The Katanning Harmony Festival showcases the positive aspects of Katanning’s cultural diversity. Come check out the free multicultural entertainment, flag & fashion parade, international food village, kids zone and market stalls & displays.

  • Taste of Gnowangerup

Their country themed fine dining event will showcase a range of fresh locally sourced produce.

  • Taste of Great Southern Perth

A showcase of the region at Perth’s State Buildings featuring fine wine tasting, regional produce in a celebration of the best Great Southern has to offer.

  • Farm Flavours

Expect the unexpected. A long table lunch in a relaxed feast of the senses in the beautiful surroundings of the Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre.

For more information on these events go to http://www.tastegreatsouthern.com.au

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