The Good Food and Wine Show is an annual festival of taste, as you have already gathered. Similar to the likes of Taste of Sydney and MasterChef LIVE, such annual food festivals are eating (sorry, bad pun) into the hearts of Sydney Food Lovers. As a local Sydney sider for 2013 (as at the time of writing this), one thought it would not hurt to pay the Sydney show a visit at Darling Harbour one last time, before the current Sydney Exhibition Centre gets demolished to make way for the new and improved version real soon.
What the Good Food and Wine Show Sydney is supposed to be all about
In comparison to the Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show two years ago; when you come to this festival just after 10:30am on a Saturday morning...in Sydney you're served almost immediately. This twist of fate could have been due to the rain, end of financial year, or due to the fact that some Sydney Food Lovers do have a cold right now, again as at the time of writing this; however the amount of people that flooded this food delight was excessive come open up sesame inside. Patience had to be a virtue, and especially in tasting all of the samples. You would think some people (on initial reaction) came in to escape the rain, however it was a sure telltale sign that our wonderful, cosmopolitan city is a city full of food lovers, and that's healthy.
That's amore. Some great chocolate tasted.
If you're a Citibank customer, you would have received a wine glass on the house, to enjoy the deluge of wine tastings available. It appeared to be the case, that the Sydney Good Food and Wine Show has an ever greater number of wine exhibitors than the Melbourne show. Not too good if you enjoyed end of financial year drinks the night before, and hence are still nursing a little bit of a hangover come show time. However, on the alcoholic side, the Sydney show presented some pleasant surprises in the cider department.
Another fantastic sample
Some of the samples were great, yet with the crowds and terrible timing (end of financial year), the Sydney show (sadly to say) was a disappointment in June 2013. It felt like money down the drain, even though the Korean Citrus Tea, and the Korean Beef sample dishes were just stunning. Those tea flavoured mouthwashes were also a real treat, and thank you to the lovely lady who welcomed me in with a small jar of marmalade to take home. You were the best. Furthermore, the fair trade chocolate at the Oxfam stand was also something different, yet good. Furthermore, how come massage chairs were exhibitors in Sydney? Isn't this supposed to be a food show, and not a soul one? This does not make any sense.
Great to see. Pity they weren't available to sample or buy as one.
What about the food show bags? Not evident. We want them, and organisers please bring them back in vogue at Sydney's event in 2014 at Homebush/Sydney Showgrounds.
It is disappointing to have been (enthusiastically) armed with two totes to fill up with the finest foods from caviar, cheese and chocolate, among other culinary treats not ending in that hit letter, to only come home with two empty bags. Sorry guys, in being fully transparent and honest with you, the Sydney version was (and still is) a bitter (yakes, pun again) disappointment to date. Apologies again: thumbs down.
Some great treats enjoyed
Where: In 2014, the Sydney Good Food and Wine Show will be held at Sydney Showgrounds at Sydney Olympic Park (Homebush)
Why: The best food and wine delights under one roof. Sample and enjoy some quality culinary treats.
Cost: Tickets from $33
When: In June once every year, usually in the final week: Friday to Sunday.
Good for kids: Yes. The kids in attendance enjoyed it.
Take away: There are some items you can take home.