Taste Great Southern, the Great Southern region’s annual month-long celebration of good eating and drinking, remains one of WA’s biggest food events. Just one issue: how do you even begin to narrow down the options on the festival’s four-week-long program?
Here are five Broadsheet picks from this year’s event line-up.
30 years of Frankland Estate
Sunday March 4, Frankland Estate Winery
In the space of three decades, Frankland Estate has established itself as one of Australia's leading premium wine estates. To celebrate the milestone, the Smith-Cullam family, owners of Frankland Estate, are hosting a retrospective five-course lunch cooked by Russell Blaikie (Must Wine Bar) at the winery matched with current and museum wines. Tickets $225.
In The Raw
Sunday March 11, Emu Point Boat Harbour
It’s hard to improve on ocean-fresh oysters, mussels and seafood, but enjoying them with great wine is a good start. Over four courses of seafood and wine, Great Southern winemakers will talk about the art of food and drink matching, while guests will also learn easy seafood preparation advice. Tickets $65.
Dark Side Chocolate and Rockcliffe Wine Pairing
Thursday March 15, Rockcliffe Winery
Think chocolate and wine don’t play nice? Hosted by Rockcliffe owner Steve Hall and winemaker-turned-chocolatier John Wade of Dark Side Chocolate, this event plays matchmaker between six handcrafted chocolates and six wines from the Rockcliffe range. Tickets $50.
Irongate Wagyu Degustation with Duke’s Vineyard
Wednesday March 21, Due South
Nic Lancaster and Martin Morgan, head chef and butcher respectively at Albany’s brilliant Due South tavern, are serving a seven-course degustation dinner showcasing locally raised Irongate wagyu beef. Each course will be matched with Porongurup winery, Duke’s Vineyard. Tickets $180.
Thursday March 22, location TBA
Held in a secret location somewhere on Western Australia’s rugged South Coast (ticket includes transfer costs), this dinner sees guest Indonesian chef Chandra Yudasswara transform Great Southern produce into a modern Asian feast. Food will be served banquet style together with matched Great Southern wines. Tickets $180 (includes return coach travel from central Albany).
Taste Great Southern runs from March 8–25. Tickets to events are available online.