SBS Food Journey Festival 2011 is about multi-cultural food journey and is held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. I was very fortunate to be part of the contingent of food bloggers that were invited to document parts of the event on behalf of SBS. From our knowledge, we had Adrian, Cherrie, Thanh, Shellie and myself on duty that day.
We rocked up to the venue at 10am and the coffee cart was our first stop. While our friend, June was queuing and getting coffee for us, I was at the Byron Bay Chillies stall going ohhh and arrhhh at all their chilli sauces. Mister and I were woken up by the super kick from the Habanero Chilli! WOW
We bought a couple of bottles of hot sauces and one of them was the infamous Fiery Coconut Chilli sauce. It tastes a little like sweet Thai curry with that hint of coriander. Great with fish tacos! A thumbs up from all fellow bloggers!
And check out this outdoor integrated bbq set up from BBQnique Australia. It is amazing. You can wok fry, steam, grill, BBQ everything on a marble table top. In my opinion, it beats any outdoor kitchen and at a much cheaper cost.
And then we stopped for sausages at Dunav Butchers. They retail a range of traditional recipe meats and small goods. The chicken cevapi was delicious!
I always have a high curiosity to native herbs and spices. I spent most of my time, tasting and asking Chef Greg Hampton of William Angliss questions about these herbs and the techniques of cooking them. When and how do we use it in the right way? The bush tomatoes were amazing. The flavour and aroma was so intense. Pound, rub in palms and smell…. it will works so well in sauces, stews and pulled pork recipes What do you think?
And all the Australian limes were terribly attractive. A nice zing and a touch of bitterness that was not unpleasant. I had the whole blood lime and thoroughly enjoyed it. My personal favourite is the sunrise lime. It’s the pear shaped lime with the bright orange colour. Tastes and smell like cumquat. It is a cross between a calamondin (mandarin crossed with cumquat) and a native finger lime.
And then I was also introduced to pepper leaf! Amazing plant. I was told to bite into it. Just very slightly. At first, I felt nothing and then the heat slowly creeps up. I feel my tongue tingly and then the throat. The heat stays on for a long time. Amazing! Oh… and I tried fresh mutton bird that made into some sort of rillet. So different from the dodgy salted mutton bird that I tried cooking awhile ago!
Ok… I stayed and watched amazing Adriano Zumbo before hurrying off to taste and talk to more producers. Hmmm.. he is actually more buff in person than on TV!
Oh… lordy! Potato Stix! Twisted potato on a stick…. brilliant. This is the perfect junk food!
Daisy Cow products are not edible but uses local ingredients like olive oil, beeswax, milk from Boosy Cheese and honey to create food for the skin. All natural and great for the skin. Oh… did I mention that the lip balm is made from pure honey? Yum!
Iris & Mary sells vintage aprons. I love a sexy vintage apron But it ain’t for sale….. Most of them are sourced from the US or Eastern Europe. A great gift idea!
And then I visited an old favourite, Movenpick. When I was back in Singapore, this was one of the two brand of ice cream I would eat and nothing else. I used to love the Swiss chocolate that they still carry. And then I found a new favourite, Maple Walnut. It’s creamy, sweet, sticky, crunchy and nutty. I was told that a flagship ice cream parlour is opening up in Doncaster Shopping Center in May 2011.
A fish tacos in one hand and listening to Costa Georgiadis. He is a Greek gardening God. He is so passionate, intense but at the same time, funny when he talks about gardening and why growing your own food is important.
Q – Why do you smile when you see a sunflower?
I need to get hold of these guys to do some serious BBQ meat catering in my next big party. Awesome!
I had to take a photo of this guy from Senor BBQ.
And I ended the day with Cheeky Rascal cider from Rebello wines. These people are known for making fruit wines. And then they jumped onto the band wagon and made cider. I will recommend the strawberry and apple cider. More for the ladies perhaps. Clean and crisp taste and a beautiful strawberry aromatic. If I did not need to pick up my bike, I would have stayed and had a couple before leaving. Will definitely be getting a case soon!
What a perfect day! The sun was shinning. A nice catch up with fellow bloggers and great chats with producers and learning more about their products and what they believe in. Head over to SBS Food to check out my contribution piece.
Thank you Aisha and SBS Food for the tickets and the opportunity to document segments of the event.