Have you ever wondered where your food comes from?

Have you ever looked at what’s in the supermarket and wonder where does it come from? Who makes it, what’s in it, how do you get the best out of it, what do you eat or drink with it?

Do you want to eat and drink local and at the same time support our Australian farmers? Just because we are getting rain it doesn’t mean that hard times are over for them. I’ve found another way we can all support them and in turn get some of their fabulous produce.

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Whilst we’re getting so much rain, unfortunately, our farmers out west are still missing out on most of it and those in the northern New South Wales area have now had to endure flooding. Recently I was talking to a friend who had not long lost a considerable amount of their avocado crop due to the drought and she told me how they have now had their newly planted watermelon crop flooded out. A farmer’s life is certainly a lot harder than we have in the city and the challenges they face are mostly out of their hands.

From today until Sunday the Good Food and Wine Show is being held at the Convention Centre at Southbank.

You can meet and talk to all of the producers and even taste their food and alcohol, whilst learning all about it. These are the little guys and they know everything there is to know about their products and they’re Aussie made, produced and owned. There is so much to choose from you won’t go home hungry or thirsty. There’s chocolate, cheese, pasta, arancini, nuts, jams, and chutneys, stir-fry bases, marinades, salami, truffles, honey, yogurt, gelato, blueberries, jerky, balsamic, spices, gourmet crackers, bbq rubs and salts, dukkahs to name a few.

With sparkling, white and red wines from Ballandean, the Barossa and McLaren Vale. Limoncello from South Australia, award-winning cider from Tasmania, coffee liqueur, boutique gins and more to sip on.

So much to pick from but here are my recommendations on some of my favourites.

Tweed Real Food from Mooball in New South Wales - this farmer has an avocado dukkah made on dried chickpeas, bourbon maple balsamic that you will amaze at the taste and rubs for smoking your own meats which comes highly recommended by award-winning smoking teams all over Australia as well as some greatly flavoured salts. All of these products have no nasties, no additives or preservatives.

You have to try the award-winning cheeses from Pure Artisan Cheese. These guys have a boutique cheese factory and are located on Mt Tamborine. Try their Black Ash Triple Cream Brie or Truffle Triple Cream Brie. If you like stronger flavoured cheeses their Washed Rind (Camembert style) and Millie’s Blue (a Stilton styled blue cheese) will amaze you. They also have a Vintage Cloth Bound Cheddar which has a history back to the Royal family in England.

Another great supplier from Mt Tamborine is Lemon Lovers Gelato. You can taste and take home their Limoncello and Finger Lime, White Muscat, Fortitude Brewery Stout or Blue Cheese and Fig Gelato. The limoncello is my favourite but it’s really hard to decide. They have traditional flavours also for the less adventurous.

Next stop Ding the Recipe, these guys have the most flavoursome marinades and sauces I have ever tried. Whilst I love their Satay Sauce the XO and Lemongrass is just as good. There are quite a few others from hot to spicy to pick from and taste.

To cool you down there’s Jalna Yoghurt to taste. Traditionally made pot set yogurt with nothing artificial, this is truly a different and better yoghurt. You’ll be hooked on them.

The guys from Beerenberg in South Australia are here also and they have a huge range of jams, chutneys, and relishes. All of their products have a face and a story behind them from Grandma Deb’s Marmalade to Nikki’s Mango Lime and Chilli Dressing or one of my favourites Steve’s Beetroot Relish. Some of these guys are here, and if you want to know, ask them what is the difference between a chutney and a relish.

When it comes to washing all these delights down there’s many to choose from but my favourite wines and they’re organic are Tamburlaine Wines. Another favourite of mine is Mr. Black, it’s a coffee liqueur for the true connoisseurs.

Don’t forget too that there are many celebrity chefs to watch cook up a treat, meet and dine with also. Look out for Maggie Beer, Matt Golinski, Alastair McLeod, Miguel, and Carlos Maestre, Matt Moran and more.

It really is a full day out and make sure you leave plenty of time to get back and buy some of your favourites for later.

You can go online to plan your day here https://goodfoodshow.com.au/brisbane/tickets/…

The Good Food and Wine Show are open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9am – 5pm.

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