I’m going to break with tradition for the first time since starting this blog by publishing a post without a recipe. But stay with me folks… as it is with good reason (and because I will reward you with an amazing rolled pizza recipe on the weekend).
A few short days ago I was in Adelaide meeting a slew of wonderful Australian food bloggers at Eat.Drink.Blog 3. It was a wonderful experience for me as I had been flying under the radar a little bit, trying to learn as much as I could before really diving into the Australian food blogger pool. This is probably because I have this terrible perfectionist streak and it has only been in the last few month that I felt I was finding my groove with ChewTown and its recipe development, photography and writing.
With thanks to the wonderful efforts of the Eat.Drink.Blog 3 organising committee (Amanda from Lamb’s Ears and Honey, Christina from The Hungry Australian, Alex from Eating Adelaide, Celeste from Travelling in Mary Janes, Erin from She Cooks She Gardens, Kirsty from The Natural Foodie and Natasha from Playing House) 80 food bloggers from all over Australia only had to organise their flights and accommodation to take part in an amazing array of tours, feeding frenzies, wine sessions, photography & styling classes, ethical discussions and much much more.
Our group was extremely lucky to have the support of so many people, companies and sponsors. For a comprehensive list of those who supported Eat.Drink.Blog 3 read this great post from Sara over at Belly Rumbles who puts it beautifully.
I am still a little shocked to have placed second in the Eat.Drink.Blog 3 photography competition announced on Saturday night and would like to express my sincere thanks to the judging panel (photographer Grant Nowell, Sumptuous editor Sky Harisson, and Sneh Roy from Cook Republic) for seeing something special in my Persian Delight Jelly photo.
I am so grateful for all that I learnt and all who I met and I look forward to dipping a little more than my toe in the big pool of the welcoming Australian food blogger community. Thanks to all who made it a wonderful experience.
I’ll leave you with a few highlights from the first day of Eat.Drink.Blog 3. I hope they convey the wonderful time we had sampling all of what the Adelaide Central Market and the Barossa has to offer!
I was delighted to try black garlic at Mushroom Man’s shop. I had been reading about it a few weeks ago and almost bought some online. It was a real surprise – earthy with a sweet garlic flavour and pleasant gelatinous texture. I am definitely getting a few of these black beauties sent to Sydney to experiment with soon.
A heartfelt thanks go out to South Australian Tourism Commission for arranging our bus ride out to the Barossa. Thanks also to our wonderful Barossa host Barbara Storey (Manager – communications and promotions for Barossa Grape and Wine Association) and our hilarious bus driver!
First Barossa stop was at Bibu Barossa in Tununda (yes, that is the Tununda town crier with his gorgeous pug). Thanks to Bibu Barossa Director, Kate Milroy and Barossa Fine Foods Brand Ambassador, Alex Knoll for the wonderful sampling plate to accompany our 12 glass tasting (yes, I said 12) of spectacular Barossa wines. To the winemakers, Paul Heinicke from Soul Growers and Tim O’Callaghan from Diggers Bluff, thanks for your enthusiasm and for bringing out some truly ballsy reds to taste!
Winemaker Andrew Quinn and chef Lachlan Colwill are truly on to something at Hentley Farm. After leaving Bibu Barossa in Tununda we headed to Hentley Farm in Marananga for a wonderful wine and food matching experience. Thanks to Andrew who greeted us in the garden with a glass of Hentley Farm Reisling matched with a crispy rice cracker topped with mushroom floss and snapper (yes, it was as good as it sounds/looks).
Thanks to Chef Colville for our spectacular bite sized matched morsels served with the Grenache Rose, The Beast Shiraz and The Beauty Shiraz. My spectacular find of the weekend (aside from the black garlic) was Ajwain spice. It was used on the chocolate and sea salt dessert canapé and was sensational (heading online to source some now).