NEWCASTLE FOOD & WINE EXPO

26-28 AUGUST – NEWCASTLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

Cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs? Tick! Culinary presentations? Tick! 80+ Exhibitors? Tick! Free samples and tasting? Double Tick!
The Newcastle Food & Wine Expo has all the ingredients to tantalise your tastebuds – mark us in your calendar today.

Food & Wine Expo

The Food & Wine Expo is excited to bring gourmet food, exquisite wines and celebrity chefs to Newcastle!

Enjoy FREE tastings and samples from over 80 gourmet exhibitors inside the show. Businesses in all areas of food, wines, homewares and kitchenware come together to show you the latest products and ideas for you to try at home.

Food & Wine Expo

Enjoy free cooking demonstrations from Masterchef and MKR contestants, as well as demonstrations from some of Newcastle’s best local chefs. The main stage has all the latest recipes and cooking ideas for you to try at home! Grab a front row seat, sit back and relax and watch celebrity chefs create their favourite recipes. Don’t forget to grab a recipe card to take home with you!

Ben Milbourne ~ Master Chef & TV Host

Ben Milbourne ~ Master Chef & TV Host

Ben Milbourne appeared on MasterChef 2012, the series which his best mate Andy Allen went on to win. In the years since the TV juggernaut, Milbourne has produced two cookbooks – last year’s Mexican Craving and Tasmanian Trail – and travelled the country and the world. Ben now has his own TV show on Channel 10, ‘Ben’s Menu’, which has just been nominated for a Logie! This exciting new foodie series is filmed at Ben’s picturesque farmhouse in northwest Tasmania. Find Ben on stage at the Food & Wine Expo, or purchase a Goelet Celebrity Dining Room ticket to enjoy a degustation with Ben himself!

Ben attributes his love of food to his grandmother, she used to bake for the 40 plus tradesmen employed by the family business each morning. He remembers making scones with her after school and her cookie jar full of ANZAC biscuits. Cooking wasn't where Ben headed initially went with his career; as teaching beckoned. Masterchef Season 4 was a turning point for Ben and his passion for food. Since the show, opportunities to continue working with food has been widespread with Ben appearing on national morning breakfast shows, guest appearances on 'Ready, Steady, Cook' and 'Everyday Gourmet'.

Ben's first cookbook, Mexican Craving, was launched in November 2013. His second book, based on Tasmanian producers, was released in September, 2014. He currently has an ongoing column in his local newspaper and a 'Talking Food' segment on his local radio station. Ben's TV show, Ben's Menu, began airing weekdays on channel 10 in September, 2014.

Ben's personality and down to Earth approach has made him popular with people of all ages. His philosophy is unassuming; "My food style is simple; take ingredients and recipes that will bring people together, combine them in a way that is interesting but achievable. Above all cook it because you love it. You have to fall in love with the process. The process of discovering the ingredients, developing the idea, creating the dish, sharing the flavour and discussing the outcome; this is what food is all about".

Goelet Wine Estate Celebrity Dining Room: Enjoy a modern dining experience with a MasterChef favourite, Logie nominee and Channel 10 TV host, Ben Milbourne. With a succulent 6-course degustation menu each paired with a matching wine, this is the menu of the year with the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal to learn all Ben’s secrets in cooking and more. Brought to you by Goelet Wine Estate. See show pages for more information & tickets! View website.
Carly and Tresne

Carly and Tresne

After appearing on the highest rating TV show in Australia in 2014, the bubbly and positive couple won the nations hearts with their positivity and love for everyone around them and each other. The endearing duo have been winning the hearts of viewers with their positive attitude since entering as gatecrashers in the third instant restaurant round. Carly, with her lucky charms and magical affirmations, has been affectionately dubbed ‘Kooky Carly’. They have even been known to assist rival teams in a sudden death showdown – “a competition first”, as Pete called it. After coming out publicly during the airing of the show they unknowingly created a media frenzy with story inspiring many others all around the globe.

They both now share a positive outlook on life and want to share their secrets to happiness where ever they go! Keep an eye out for tips from Carly and Tresne on creating a wealth of happiness using positive thinking and the law of attraction.

Jessie Spiby ~ MasterChef

Jessie Spiby ~ MasterChef

With just $500 in her pocket, at age 18, Jessie Spiby packed her bags and headed for the UK. Looking back now she wonders how she did it, but she took the challenge in her stride, living and working in London for 18 months and in Edinburgh for six months. While based in Europe, Jessie visited Italy, Turkey, Poland, Croatia and the Czech Republic (she had visited France and Spain as a child). More recently she has been to Asia, with Vietnam a firm favourite and a major influence on her cooking. Growing up in Adelaide, Jessie learnt to cook from her mum and grandma. She further developed her skills while travelling. As well as Vietnamese food, Jessie loves fresh vibrant flavours like Thai and Spanish.
After studying interior architecture for four years, Jessie switched to graphic design and worked for a number of magazines before putting her career on hold to pursue a future in food. Her partner of five-and-a-half years, Matt, an electrician, is 100 per cent behind Jessie and is her biggest supporter, alongside her mum and step-dad, her dad, sister, step-brother and two step-sisters.Jessie already has a clear vision of her dream venue. It will be a warehouse space, serving Asian street food featuring native Australian ingredients. The vibe would be completed by street art and installations. With food heroes such as Luke Nguyen, Matthew Evans, Yotam Ottolenghi, Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant, Jessie says her ambition is to make food her life. “I had such an amazing experience in Vietnam and just fell in love with the culture and the lifestyle. It made me want to be my own boss and move to my own beat. I love cooking and I love feeding people. I just love seeing people enjoy food, my food or any food.”
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Tasia & Gracia – 2016 My Kitchen Rules Winners

Tasia & Gracia – 2016 My Kitchen Rules Winners

ABOUT US

There is no doubt that Tasia and Gracia Seger, also known as the “Spice Queens”, love their chilies. They specialise in Asian food, especially cooking their heritage of Indonesian cuisine. However having grown up in Indonesia, India and Australia, Tasia and Gracia like to incorporate international influences in their cooking. 

They are constantly developing new fusions within traditional Asian cooking, combining innovative dishes and modernizing plating. Their most used ingredients: chilli, garlic, onion, shallots and rice — are reflective of their Asian heritage.

Tasia and Gracia loves to travel and explore the different cultures, at the same time learning and being inspired to create their fusion dishes. 

The Seger’s sisters cooking was put to the ultimate test during My Kitchen Rules series 7 --earning a near-perfect five course extravaganza and the title of My Kitchen Rules Champions. 

Come and see the "Spice Queens" at the Newcastle Food & Wine Expo in August and the Perth Food & Wine Expo in October! Tasia and Gracia will be performing live demonstrations on stage each day and you have the opportunity to learn some of their tasty secrets!

Food & Wine Expo

Taste, sample and learn the appreciation for finer tastes. With non-stop sessions running throughout the expo, there is definitely something for everyone to indulge.
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Food & Wine Expo

Your chance for an intimate dining experience with a Masterchef favourite in the Taltarni Dining Room! Enjoy a modern dining experience with Ben Milbourne, who will design the menu, prepare the meals and then join you for the full degustation. Taltarni matches wines to perfectly complement the courses. This is a great opportunity to get up close and personal (and learn some MasterChef secrets!)

2016 Newcastle Taltarni Dining Room Menu

On Arrival
Breads with Pukara Estate Oils
2012 Taltarni Brut

Starter
Beef Carpaccio with Creme Fraiche and Pickles
2015 Taltarni Blanc De Pyrenees

Entree
Pan-Seared Duck Breast with Cauliflower Puree, Baby Root Vegetable and Duck Jus
2013 Taltarni Sangiovese Cabernet Merlot

Main 
Slow Braised Lamb Shoulder and Grains, with Macadamia Cream, Truffle Crumb, Pickled Grapes and Red Onions
2015 Taltarni Old Block Shiraz

Dessert 
Bread & Butter Pudding with Lemon Cream and Berry Fluid Gel
2014 Taltarni Sparkling Shiraz

Brought to you by Taltarni.

Bookings are essential – Click here to make your reservation!

Food & Wine Expo

The Kurrajong Kitchen proudly brings to you the #cheeseandlavosh experience. With commitment and passion since 1993 Ben & Karen have proudly baked this flatbread beginning in Kurrajong, NSW. Today, Australians choose Kurrajong lavosh with all their cheese experiences. Visit the Kurrajong Kitchen lane at the Newcastle Food & Wine Expo! 

Food & Wine Expo

NEWCASTLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

Friday 26th August, 2016, Open 11am-8pm
Saturday 27th August,  2016, Open 10am-6pm
Sunday 28th August, 2016, Open 10am-5pm

Street Address: Newcastle Showgrounds, Browns Road, Broadmeadow.
Phone: 02 4921 2100 www.nec.net.au

Conveniently located six minutes from the centre of Newcastle on the Newcastle Showground. Access by car is via the main entrance off Griffiths Road. If travelling from the north or south of Newcastle, the F3 Freeway is only a short distance away. The Centre also has an on-site taxi rank and is only a short stroll to the Broadmeadow Train Station.

Food & Wine Expo

We are excited to announce Crowne Plaza as our major accommodation Sponsor for the Newcastle Food & Wine Expo!

Choose the harbour-front Crowne Plaza Newcastle hotel for ocean views and easy access to beaches and Hunter Valley golf courses and vineyards. Drink in views of the harbour as you sample Hunter Valley wines and a gourmet meal crafted from fresh Australian ingredients at the recently refurbished Seasalt Restaurant.

Newcastle Food & Wine Expo Sponsors…

TALTARNI
CROWNE
KURRAJONG
“KOFM”