Sharing is the theme of this year’s Good Food and Wine Show, returning to the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre in late August. In that spirit, Colin Fassnidge, Miguel Maestre and the rest of the presenters appearing at the show will bring a guest with them to the stage. Matt Moran, the TV personality and Sydney chef and restaurateur behind Aria, Chiswick and Barangaroo House, will be joined by artist Vincent Fantauzzo, a renowned portrait painter who has immortalised Australian identities such as Heath Ledger and Baz Luhrmann. Fantauzzo and Moran have been friends for more than a decade; the artist entered a portrait of the chef in the 2011 Archibald prize.
“He’s one of the most creative, talented people I’ve ever met,” says Moran. “I thought it would be a bit different to having another chef on stage. He sits in the corner and does incredible painting while I’m cooking. We did the Melbourne show together, and in 45 minutes he painted a chef.”
Fassnidge will be joined onstage by butcher Anthony Puharich of Vic’s Meat Market and Victor Churchill fame (the late Anthony Bourdain once called Victor Churchill “the most beautiful butcher shop in the world”) while Maestre is bringing brother Carlos along.
Moran estimates he’s been out west more than 50 times. While he’s smitten with the scenery of Perth and its surrounds (“Margaret River is one of the most beautiful places in the world”), he’s equally taken with the produce.
“What you have that a lot of other places don’t is a bit of everything when it comes to food,” he says. “You’ve got incredible seafood, whether it’s shellfish or fish itself, an incredible dairy industry, lamb and beef cattle. Then you go all the way down to the cold country where you’ve got beautiful truffles in Manjimup.”
In addition to demonstrations from Moran and co, the Perth show features various masterclasses designed to show people how to share good times with others. Here are five highlights from this year’s program.
A History of Gin
Old Youngs head honcho James Young – twice named Australia’s best spirits producer – covers 40 years of gin history in 40 minutes. Fun fact: Young also used to be head coach of the Lithuanian National Women’s hockey team. Tickets are $30 and include four gin tastings.
Josh Catalano, owner of food truck and Yagan Square eatery Fish Boss, will host this deep-dive into the oyster. Oysters will be served with three dressings and accompanied by sparkling wine from Howard Park. Tickets are $40 and include two glasses of sparkling and six oysters.
After Hours Cocktail Workshop
Cocktail shakers and stirring spoons at the ready. Bartender Mitch “Rummy” Keane from WA’s West Winds Gin will show guests the ins-and-outs of mixing Espresso Martinis and Negronis. Tickets are $59 and include two cocktails and a four-pack of Riedel Perfect Serve glasses.
Dumplings for Dummies
From dough to filling, folding, cooking and serving, Masterchef 2018 alumni Brendan Pang and Jenny Lam present an insider’s guide to (successfully) making dumplings at home. Tickets are $30.
Riedel Sensory Workshop
The decision-making doesn’t just end when you leave the bottle shop: the shape of a wine glass can dramatically affect the taste and texture of what you're drinking. Learn the finer points of playing matchmaker between glass and grape, then take home some new stemware. Tickets are $99 and include three Riedel Veritas glasses valued at $180.
The 2018 Perth Good Food and Wine Show runs from August 24 to 26. [Tickets are available here] (https://tickets.lup.com.au/perth-good-food-and-wine-show-2018?_ga=2.262301324.1065887851.1532479346-1369365292.1532479346). goodfoodshow.com.au