07/06/2005 - 22:00


07/06/2005 - 22:00


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The world of Western Australian olives will be on show during York’s Olive Festival, to be held on June 25 and 26.


The world of Western Australian olives will be on show during York’s Olive Festival, to be held on June 25 and 26.

York’s unique Mediterranean climate makes it ideal for olive production and it has been the site of an olive boom in recent years. The festival falls in the middle of the April to July olive harvest season when production is in full swing.

EVOO (extra virgin olive oil to the uninitiated) may be the darling of this budding industry but the event hopes to highlight the versatility of one of the region’s most valuable exports.

Visitors can sample entrants to the York Olive Oil Awards, join master classes, cooking demonstrations, olive pip spitting competitions and many other activities.

When Meat and Livestock Australia teams up with Must Winebar’s Russell Blaikie, the result is one of the most celebrated gastro-events on the Perth food calendar.

The ‘Shin Shank & Cheek’ nights, held on June 22 and 23 are the most popular events on the Mt Lawley watering hole’s itinerary.

A slow braise of beef, goat, lamb and veal produces dishes of complexity and flavour most suited to these cooler months.

Paired with unashamedly indomitable reds such as Penfold’s Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon and Rosemount Estate’s Balmoral Syrah, the evenings are seen as a meat lover’s dream come true.

Congratulations go to two young chefs recently recognised at the Australian Culinary Federation of Western Australia’s 2005 Apprentice of the Year competition.

Second year apprentice chef Jessica Donald is the apprentice chef of the year. Adding to this title, Ms Donald won a gold medal as the second year apprentice chef of the year.

Ms Donald, a chef at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre, joined colleague Lauren Fabiankovits who was awarded a gold medal and the title of third year apprentice chef of the year.

Ferngrove Vineyards Estates has announced the appointment of UK wine distributor Stratfords Wine Agencies.

On the back of impressive sales figures in the lucrative British supermarket sector,  Ferngrove CEO Anthony Wilkes has just returned for the UK with news that estimated volumes over a 12-month period are targeted at 20,000 cases and beyond.

Anyone with an ear to the ground close to wine circles in WA will note the theme of wine exports has all but dominated the past year.

It makes this situation ever more pertinent, with new Australian Bureau of Statistics data suggesting that domestic wine sales have fallen recently due to a drop in white wine sales.

Much has been made of planned expansions into the US, and further support from the State Government for this is tipped to be announced next week, but the UK still represents Australia’s most important overseas market.

Goundrey, one of the state’s powerhouse wineries, has announced further diversification into the premium end of the market.

A Reserve Selection Chardonnay 2003 will join a 2004 riesling to be marketed as a benchmark of locally produced styles of the varieties.

Coupled with this, the Mount Barker winery is busy celebrating the first birthday of its Offspring range, which garnered a strong following.


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