So what's all this?
The Good Food and Wine Show (GFWS) is on in Sydney from 16-18th July 2010!
My visit to the GFWS last year was a raging success. So much so that I am eagerly awaiting this year's production, and that's coming from someone who hates crowds as a rule. And this is despite the fact that the popular Show can get quite crowded, and some stamina is required.
So here are some pointers for surviving and enjoying the GFWS.
1. Be prepared. Before you go, check out the show's website for list of exhibitors and presentations and see if there are any that you must visit.
2. Book yourself into one of the sessions in the Celebrity Chef Theatre. We saw Matt Moran last year and he put on an entertaining show and cooked some wonderful dishes as well.
3. Decide if you want to attend a class (extra cost). They have classes in coffee skills and cupcake-making this year. There's also a cooking school to learn how to cook 'proper' food. And a Chocolate masterclass.
4. Do you want to eat at the show, or just subsist on the free samples? The onsite restaurant has dishes cooked by various well-known chefs and it's kind of like Taste of Sydney so you can buy as many dishes as you like.
5. Are you a drinker? Not sure if there'll be an RBT van outside, but if you're not driving, then the wine masterclasses and tastings should be on your agenda. There was a large representation of wine producers last year.
6. From a practical point of view, make sure you wear comfortable shoes and clothing. There's lots of walking and shoving involved. Pointy elbows an advantage.
7. If you're easily overwhelmed by all that food and all those freebies, samples and special offers, you need to bring a trolley with you (one of those cloth jobs with wheels, not a supermarket trolley). They have them on sale at the Show as well, and last year, it was the best $30 we spent.
8. Personally, I like to take a methodical approach when visiting shows like this. Start at the bottom left hand corner of the hall, go up the first aisle, turn right, then down the next aisle, left into the next aisle, etc. It means less chance of missing out on anything. But be prepared to ignore this plan if you see something over there with lots of people around it (must mean it's something good/free).
9. If you buy lots of stuff, remember that you still have to get it all home, maybe on public transport.
10. Enter my giveaway for a free double pass to the Show.
That's right, thanks to the folks at the GFWS you could win one of three double passes to the Sydney Good Food and Wine Show!
How do you geddit???
Just leave a comment on this post with the magic words 'Coriander is Evil'.
Entries close midnight, Sunday 11th July 2010.
--------------- Conditions of GFWS 2010 Giveaway ---------------------1. Entry is by leaving a comment that includes the magic words. Enter as many times as you like (separate comment per entry).
2. If you do not leave contact details on your entry, you can email your details to me using the Contact tab at the top of this page.
3. Entries close midnight, Sunday 11th July 2010. Winners are drawn randomly. You can only win once.
4. Prize is for entry only to the Sydney Good Food and Wine Show, 16-18th July 2010. Prizes will be sent by Australia Post mail to the winners.
------------------------------------ The Winners are ----------------------------------
The GFWS competition is now closed, and thanks to random.org, the winners are:
Ladies, I don't have your email addresses, so could you send me your mailing address ASAP, so that I can send out the double passes to you before the Show starts on Friday. Congratulations!
oohlookbel2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
Note: Winners, could you email me your details before Wednesday 14th July. If I don't hear from you by then, I will have to redraw and give the tickets to other winners.